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  • Borscht Belt

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

  • goyish

    "in the manner or style of a non-Jewish person" (JPS), especially something WASPy or "white bread"

  • kasha

    buckwheat groats, commonly served with bowtie noodles ('kasha varnishkes'); porridge

  • kasha varnishkes

    kasha (buckwheat groats) with bowtie noodles

  • ongepotchket

    "Excessively and unaesthetically decorated; overly baroque." (Rosten)

  • schmaltz

    "Rendered chicken fat." (JPS)

  • yenta

    "A scandal spreader, a rumormongerer." (Rosten). Usually applied to women.