Jewish Theatre & Dance QuizFrom Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?
Question 1. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
Question 2. In the mid-20th century, who was responsible for disseminating Israeli folkdances across the United States?
Selma Jeanne Cohen
Question 3. The Murder of Isaac, a play by the Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, is about what?
The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
The biblical story of the binding of Isaac
The murder of a religious Jew at the hands of a secular Israeli gang
A kibbutznik who moves to Tel Aviv
Question 4. Who authored "The Comedy of Betrothal"--the oldest existing Hebrew play?
Yehuda Sommo, in 16th century Italy
Avram Goldfadn, though he later became more famous for his works in Yiddish
Solomon Ibn Gabirol, in 11th century Spain
Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl's right-hand man
Question 5. What was the central theme of the Hebrew plays written in Palestine (pre-state Israel)?
The limits of Socialism
The dangers of capitalism
Question 6. Who was Anna Sokolow?
An American Jewish dancer and choreographer
An Israeli dancer and choreographer
A Jewish theatre critic
A patron of Jewish performing arts
Question 7. Which of these plays by Arthur Miller does not explicitly address Jewish themes, but has still been called a "Jewish" work?
The American Clock
Playing for Time
Death of a Salesman
Question 8. Who wrote The Jew of Malta?
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Question 9. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
Question 10. What was the first American theatre to specialize in Yiddish plays?
Der Yiddishe Theatre