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  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • Ashkenazic

    adj. Adjectival form for 'Ashkenazim', "The name given to the group of Jews who were originally from Germany and France, and their descendants" (JPS).

  • BCE

    adv. Before the Common Era (used in place of B.C.). Steinmetz: "...recently, a new awareness of the Christian character of these abbreviations have led many Jewish writers and editors to replace them with [C.E. And B.C.E.]"

  • Bujew

    n. A Jew who practices Buddhism; a Jew interested in Eastern spirituality.

  • Chabad house

    n. A synagogue/residence/outreach center operated by Chabad-Lubabvitch, usually run by a Rabbi and wife, and often their children.

  • Conservative Judaism

    n. Originally known as "historical positive Judaism," a denomination that combines observance with an idea of "halachic process." See further comments below.

  • Diaspora

    n. "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).

  • Jew by Choice

    n. A convert to Judaism.

  • matzoh ball

    dumpling made with matzah meal and eggs and generally served in chicken soup

  • Reform

    a Jewish movement founded on principles of the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), which rejected the binding nature of the Law and attempted to concentrate on the prophetic message; it is now the largest movement in the United States, and has an additional 1 million adherents worldwide.

  • Reform Judaism

    A liberal, progressive branch of Judaism that emphasizes choice through knowledge.

  • refusenik

    Term for Soviet Jews who were not allowed to openly practice Judaism or emigrate from Soviet Union.

  • schmo

    a fool; a jerk

  • Sephardic

    adj. Of or relating to the culture, customs, or ancestry of Jews whose ancestors came from the Iberian Peninsula before the Jewish expulsion.

  • shluffy

    [to go] to sleep (child-directed speech)

  • The Chosen People

    refers to the jewish people as a whole having a unique relationship with god; (translation of hebrew phrase "am nivchar")

  • unveiling

    the ceremony marking the unveiling of a deceased person's headstone one year after his or her burial