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  • Av

    n. The eleventh month of the Jewish calendar (or fifth if counting from Nisan).

  • avodah

    n. "Service and worship of God" (Eisenberg).

  • beit knesset

    n. Jewish place of worship; "synagogue" (JPS).

  • Birkat Hamazon

    n. The blessing after food, referring to the four blessing Grace After Meals said after consuming bread. Referred to in many communities as "bentching," or simply as "birkat" in some Jewish summer camps.

  • genizah

    n. A storage room in a synagogue where disused sacred books and often-sacred articles are kept, since bringing them or disposing of them otherwise is considered a sacrilege.

  • maccabiah

    n. International Jewish sports competition, known as the Jewish Olympics, held (mostly) every four years since 1932; smaller regional competitions held in Jewish community centers around the world.

  • ruach

    n. Spirit, "spiritedness, morale." (JPS)

  • sheket

    interj. "Quiet!"

  • shomer

    n. A chaperone, protector, or guard.

  • tefillah

    n. Prayer, services, or an individual prayer.