• n. "A tryout or audition," specifically for a clergy position at a synagogue. (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "They interviewed ten candidates but will only invite three finalists to come for a probeh Shabbos."

  • "As you know from last week’s email, we are in the process of selecting our new Rav . . . After much work and consultation, [our search committee is] presenting us at this time with three candidates for Probeh Shabbosim." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • Yid. פּראָבע probe 'test, tryout'

    • 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


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      probe, probah

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