shul

Definitions

  • synagogue

Example Sentences

  • Featured on a website of Reform Temple: "Shul Shopping? Come check us out"
  • "A Baylor University researcher has found that attending shul regularly and having a meaningful Jewish religious belief are strongly associated with greater physical and psychological well-being." (http://jhvonline.com/go-to-shul-and-enjoy-better-health-says-baylor-researcher-p15401-220.htm)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שיל, שול shul, shil (synagogue, school)

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
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).

Notes

Orthodox Jews are most likely to use this word, but in recent decades Conservative and, increasingly, Reform and other Jews have begun to use it too. Originally used mostly by Ashkenazim, it is now used by Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews too. Pronunciation varies: for some it rhymes with "full" and for others "fool."

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