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n. Jewish communal gathering, conference.
"My niece is a kallah!"
"I attended Kallah 2010, an international summer experience offered by BBYO held for 19 days at Camp Perlman in Starlight, Pa." (source)
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Heb כלה kalá 'bride', Yiddish כּלה kále 'bride(-to-be), fiancée'. See note re: 'conference' meaning.
kalah, kala, kalla
Bride meaning used mostly by center/right-wing Orthodox Jews.
Conference meaning used by Jews in many youth groups and other organizations.
The word with its 'conference' meaning is one of the few Textual Hebrew/Aramaic words used in Jewish English that are not used in Yiddish or Modern Hebrew. It comes from the Babylonian Talmud (Bava Batra 22a, Bava Kama 113a), where it refers to a large gathering of yeshiva students and rabbis held in Adar and Elul each year in the Amoraic and Geonic periods (Steinmetz Dictionary of Jewish Usage). Although it is spelled כּלה, it may be related to the Aramaic כּללא 'totality' (source).
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