This game is perfect for all situations and fosters a health competitive atmosphere.
The rules are as follows:
Two people decide which one will begin the match. This game is best played with the winner being the one who succeeds in 2 of 3 matches.
The player who begins will start by saying a Base Jewish name. Within >3 seconds, the second player must respond with the original base name and a new Jewish name.
The first player then responds with the previous names, tacking on a third Jewish name, within the >3 second time frame, of course.
The game continues until one of the players either misstates the full name (all previous names), reuses a name that was listed prior, or takes too long to respond.
Sample Base Names: Katz, Klein, Cohen, Berg, Stein, Fein, Feld, Green, or anything short (and Jewish) really 🙂
The following is an example of a match:
Player One: Katz
Player Two: Katzberg
Player One: Katzebergstein
Player Two: Katzbergsteinfeld
Player One: Katzbergsteinfeldwitz
Player Two: Katzbergsteinfeldwitzenheimer
Player One: Katzbergsteinfeldwitzenheimerer (Yeah it’s a cop out but we allow it)
Player Two: Katzbergsteinfeldwitzenheimererblatt
The winner of 2 out of 3 matches wins the set and can proclaim his or herself Jewish Name Game Master or the immediate area, until he or she is dethroned by another challenger.
Generally, after 6 or 7 names the game is generally lost and won. Although, between legendary players, some matches have been known to go for over 10 names! Or so the epic tales have it.
The game is also known as the Jewish Name Suffix Game (but that’s a bit wordy).
The Jewish Name Game was invented in 2013 by some well meaning (albeit, bored) Jews.