beit knesset

Pronunciations

beit knesset (beyt KNEH-sit)
beit knesset (beyt KNEH-set)
beit knesset (bet keh-NEH-set)

Definitions

  • n. Jewish place of worship; "synagogue" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "I have to go to the beit knesset to daven early tomorrow before class."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • בית כנסת 'house of gathering'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      bet kneset, bet knesset, beis knesses, bait knesset, beit k'neset

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