Jewish Music QuizJewish 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. Klezmer music was inspired by which of these?
Life in the ghettos during the Holocaust
The lives of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin
Question 2. After the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, the topics of Israeli folk songs began to shift to:
Describing the pastoral scenes of the land
Describing the construction and build up of civilization in Israel, as well as the irrigation of the deserts
The political reality of the new state and the desire of the Jewish people for peace
Gender issues in the new state
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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
Question 6. What are the names of the hip-hop artist Subliminal's first two albums?
"The Light and the Shadow" and "The Light From Zion"
"The Sun and the Moon" and "The Star of David"
"Day and Night" and "Follow the Light"
"The Numbers Song" and "Kobi Shimoni"
Question 7. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?