bait knesset, beis knesses, bet knesset, bet kneset, beit k'neset
- Jewish place of worship; "synagogue" (JPS)
- "I have to go to the beit knesset to daven early tomorrow before class."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew
בית כנסת 'house of gathering'
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
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