Alternative Spellings

sevivah, s'vivah, svivah, sviva


  • environment, surroundings
  • group or get-together

Example Sentences

  • "The svive at our Hillel was always very welcoming." "By developing and sponsoring neighborhood-based Yiddish reading and conversation groups (svives) for all levels throughout the city, Yiddishkayt Los Angeles promotes an environment in which individuals are encouraged to speak Yiddish, and further extends our overall strategy of engaging people in Yiddish, step by step." On, under their Programs section (Programen)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb סביבה sevivá, Yiddish סבֿיבֿה svíve 'surroundings; environment; neighborhood, locale'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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