The goals of the Jewish English Lexicon (JEL) are to collect data on English spoken and written by Jews and to make it available to the public. Concept, production, and moderation by Sarah Bunin Benor; programming by Josh Vogel. Photo credits: Bill Aron (1, 3, 4), Kim Silverstein (2), and Ra'anan Boustan (5). Special thanks to Leah Helfgott, Tsvi Sadan, Chaim Singer-Frankes, and David Voong for the help in the early stages of design, programming, and maintenance.

JEL is an initiative of the HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project and is made possible by funding from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, the American Academy for Jewish Research Special Initiatives Fund and the Dorot Foundation.

Top word contributors

The people listed here contributed many entries to the JEL.

  • Mark Bunin Benor
  • Isaac Bleaman
  • Noam Fields-Meyer
  • Rabbi Lydia Bloom Medwin
  • Rabbi Daniel Bloom Medwin
  • Alexandra Casser
  • Rabbi Jordana Chernow-Reader
  • Rabbi Joshua Samuels
  • Eliran Sobel

You too can be listed here! After you have added several entries, please let us know. Names will only be added with permission.

Contact us

You can add an entry to the lexicon here. To edit an existing entry, click the Edit button in the full entry. If you have general questions or comments about the site, you can contact us here.

To cite the Lexicon in general:
Benor, Sarah Bunin. 2012-present. "Jewish English Lexicon." Los Angeles: Jewish Language Project. https://jel.jewish-languages.org/.

To cite a particular entry:
Benor, Sarah Bunin. 2012-present. "Tachlis, entry in Jewish English Lexicon." Los Angeles: Jewish Language Project. https://jel.jewish-languages.org/words/556.