bencher (BEN-chur) listen


  • n. Prayer booklet or card with the text of the blessings after meals, and often times including other meal-time blessings and songs.

Example Sentences

  • "At the conclusion of the bar mitzvah meal, they handed out bentchers for use in reciting Birkas HaMazon."

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  • "'Jewish weddings are the worst thing to ever happen to bentshers!' according to Kalman. 'Because bentshers are now mass-produced, there’s a push to make them smaller, and a push to make them cheaper.'" (source)

  • "It’s always fun to look at the benchers from various simchas and think back about that wedding and the couple who tied the knot that day." (source)

  • "The NCSY Bencher is immensely popular for use in homes, synagogues, schools, youth groups and camps, as well as for weddings, bar and bas mitzvahs, and other simchos." (source)

  • "As someone with a dining room drawer full of well-used egalitarian benchers, some decades old, some from my wedding 18 years ago, I initially wondered what the innovation of Seder Oneg Shabbos was, besides its incredibly beautiful typesetting and illustrations." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • בענטשער bentsher 'blesser,' that is, a thing used for blessing.

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      bentsher, bentscher, bensher, benscher


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