- sing-along; campfire gathering with singing
- "I always loved the Sunday night kumzits at camp."
Languages of Origin
Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
Yiddish קום kum 'come', זיץ zits 'sit', which became Modern Hebrew קומזיץ
Who Uses This
Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
"Despite the existence of a Talmudic term, "tuzitz" for the same activity, and the fact that Israeli linguists attempted to replace the colloquial term with a "pure Hebrew" alternative: "Shev-na" ("please sit"), "kumzitz" never gave up its seat in the collective culture and history of Israel." (http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/word-of-the-day/word-of-the-day-kumzitz.premium-1.517792)
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