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Building a Jewish Home Quiz

A Jewish home has many unique features, and it is a key space for Jewish identity formation in families. How much do you know about Jewish home and family practices, rituals, and demographics?



Question 1. The number of Jews older than 65 is
 The same as it was in 1980
 Growing at an unprecedented rate
 On a decline because of increased lifespans
 Larger than the number of Muslims over 65

 

Question 2. What does a mezuzah contain?
 A small parchment scroll
 A chai charm
 The text of the Jewish wedding contract
 An Aramaic chant

 

Question 3. What is a reason that adoption is on the rise in the Jewish community?
 Jewish babies in China are looking for Jewish homes in America
 Jewish women do not want to be pregnant
 Couples are waiting longer than in the past to get married and have children, increasing fertility problems
 All of the above

 

Question 4. Which of these statements best describes the stance of the organized Jewish community vis-a-vis interfaith families?
 Interfaith families are viewed with suspicion
 Interfaith families are actively recruited for all aspects of Jewish communal affiliation
 Some people/institutions embrace interfaith families in hopes the children will become active in the Jewish community; others are less welcoming
 The organized Jewish community does not concern itself with interfaith families

 

Question 5. According to the National Jewish Population Survey of 1990, what was the most common Jewish American household?
 One adult Jew living alone
 Two adult Jews living with one child
 Two adult Jews living with two or three children
 One adult Jew living with one adult non-Jew

 

Question 6. Which of these Jewish ritual items represents the home?
 Shofar
 Huppah
 Seder plate
 Menorah

 

Question 7. What is the purpose of hanging a mezuzah on one's doorpost?
 It fulfills a biblical commandment
 Every time you enter or leave the house, the mezuzah reminds you that you have a covenant with God
 The mezuzah serves as a symbol to everyone else that this particular dwelling is constituted as a Jewish household
 All of the above