• n. A joking or dismissive designation for a person who skips Saturday morning Shabbat services but arrives at synagogue for the kiddush luncheon.

Example Sentences

  • "A 'JFK' can’t be relied upon. Such a person lacks a basic sense of personal responsibility, commitment, self-respect." (Rabbi Marc D. Angel, The Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals)

  • "FDR Jews come For Davening Reasons. JFK Jews: Just For Kiddush. They came for different reasons, but all were in synagogue." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English


  • initialism for 'just for kiddush'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • None


  • Not to be confused with "JFK," the common nickname of John F. Kennedy, which is much more commonly used.

    Contrasted with FDR.

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