Alternative Spellings



  • "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).
  • The extensive settlement of Jews outside the land of Israel after the Babylonian Exile in 586 BCE.

Example Sentences

  • "Jews in the Diaspora often have a hard time maintaining their religious practices."

Languages of Origin

English, Greek


Greek diaspeirein 'to scatter about, dispersion'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


See also golus

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