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Jewish Music Quiz

Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?



Question 1. What are nigunim?
 Notes for chanting the Torah, haftarah, and other Jewish sacred texts
 Wordless or nearly wordless musical tunes, sometimes set to short phrases in Hebrew or Yiddish
 Excerpts of Jewish prayers set to secular music
 Music composed by the professional cantorial league

 

Question 2. Which of these facts about Debbie Friedman is NOT true?
 Her "Alef bet" song has appeared on Barney the Dinosaur's TV show
 Her compositions have become a lasting part of the Reform movement's liturgy
 Her version of "V'ahavta" was co-written with James Taylor
 She learned to play guitar at Jewish summer camp

 

Question 3. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 Kaddish
 Jeremiah
 The Dybbuk
 Hashkivenu

 

Question 4. Who created the written notation for cantillation notes?
 King Solomon
 Aaron the Priest
 The Masoretes
 Rabbi Akiva

 

Question 5. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?
 Poor people
 Women
 Levites
 The High Priest

 

Question 6. Which composition by George Gershwin is a fusion of European classical music with pop, jazz, and blues?
 Porgy and Bess
 Rhapsody in Blue
 The Jazz Singer
 Cuban Overture

 

Question 7. Henry Sapoznik's klezmer band, Kapelye, appeared in which Hollywood version of a famous novel?
 Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
 Chaim Potok's The Chosen
 Myron S. Kaufmann's Remember Me to God
 Leon Uris' Exodus