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  • antisemitism

    Hatred against Jews.

  • BCE

    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.]"

  • Borscht Belt

    region in the Catskill Mountains with many summer resorts frequented by Jews, especially in the mid twentieth century

  • Bujew

    a Jew who practices Buddhism; a Jew interested in Eastern spirituality

  • Conservative Judaism

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

  • Diaspora

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

  • Hagiographa

    The formal English name of the Ketuvim, usually translated as "the Writings."

  • 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.

  • schmo

    a fool; a jerk

  • Sephardic

    Jews whose ancestors came from the Iberian Peninsula before the Jewish expulsion

  • The Chosen People

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