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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 factor has contributed to the development of a rich tradition of classical music in Israel?
 A government policy to fund "Western" music, as opposed to "Eastern" music
 The belief that classical music could instil Zionist values
 The popularity of the Eurovision competition
 The immigration of European musicians to Israel

 

Question 2. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?
 Poor people
 Women
 Levites
 The High Priest

 

Question 3. Which event brought Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt to the attention of the New York Times in 1917?
 His refusal of Cleofonte Campanini's offer to sing the lead at the Chicago Opera
 His appearance at the New York Public Library for the War Savings Stamp Campaign, when he sang "The Star Spangled Banner"
 Leading the prayer service at the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek, one of New York's premier synagogues
 When he sang before a crowd of 6,000 at the Hippodrome Theater to raise funds for Jews suffering in Europe

 

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

 

Question 5. 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 6. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 Kaddish
 Jeremiah
 The Dybbuk
 Hashkivenu

 

Question 7. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?
 Alan Lerner
 Oscar Hammerstein
 Cole Porter
 Bob Dylan