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  • Eastern European Holocaust (of World War II)

Example Sentences

  • "My grandmother is a survivor of the Shoah."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew



Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


North America


The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).


Used by many Jews, especially those affiliated with Israel-oriented organizations that encourage the use of Hebrew

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