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. In what play does Jakie Rabinowitz abandon his past, his father, and his love for cantorial music to become the American jazz star Jack Robin?
Awake and Sing!
The Jazz Singer
Fiddler on the Roof
Question 2. 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 3. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
Question 4. Dance is a prominent expression at which of these Jewish lifecycle events?
Question 5. In the mid-20th century, who was responsible for disseminating Israeli folkdances across the United States?
Selma Jeanne Cohen
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 noted dancer made his debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York?
Question 8. Which of these biblical women is associated with dance?
Question 9. Which of these is a common part of Jewish wedding dancing?
The groom dances while carrying the bride on his back
The groomsmen perform a special dance for the bride, in private
The bride and groom are hoisted up on chairs
All of these
Question 10. Which Shakespearean play has received the most criticism for being anti-Semitic?
Merchant of Venice
Troilus and Cressida