Alternative Spellings

kumsits, kumzitz


  • sing-along; campfire gathering with singing

Example Sentences

  • "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


North America


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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