kollel

Alternative Spellings

kolel

Definitions

  • Institution where married men pursue advanced Talmudic study and, often in conjunction with their wives, offer classes and other rabbinic services to the Jewish community around them, especially in non-Orthodox neighborhoods.

Example Sentences

  • "A Community Kollel is a group of young, dedicated Jewish families who live, learn and teach in the community." (http://lasvegaskollel.org/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

כולל 'lit. community, collective'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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