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  • babka

    n. "A loaf type coffee cake" (JPS).

  • bagel

    n. "A leavened, firm, doughnut shaped roll" (JPS).

  • Borscht Belt

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

  • bupkis

    adv. Nothing.

  • Chabad

    n. An outreach-oriented branch of Hasidic Judaism that follows the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad has thousands of branches around the world, including at many college campuses.

  • challah

    n. "The braided egg bread that traditionally is eaten on almost every Jewish holiday and [the Sabbath]" (JPS).

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • dreidel

    n. "A small, four-sided spinning top used in a game during Chanukah" (JPS); the top itself.

  • farkakte

    adj. "Lousy, messed up, ridiculous." (JPS)

  • gefilte fish

    n. Minced sweet or sour fish, cooked in balls or a log and sliced. [lit., "stuffed fish"(JPS), since the chopped fish used to be placed back in the fish for cooking.]

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • kibbitz

    v. "To socialize aimlessly...To carry on a running commentary." (Rosten)

  • kibbitzer

    n. Someone who "gives unasked-for advice ... especially as a bystander-observer at a game (bridge, poker, checkers, chess)." (Rosten)

  • klezmer

    "Eastern European style of instrumental music" (JPS)

  • klutz

    "clumsy, slow-witted...person" (Rosten)

  • knish

    Eastern European dumpling with thin dough filled with potato, kasha, onion, meat, and/or other ingredients

  • kosher

    "acceptable according to Jewish [ritual] law" (JPS); "trustworthy, reliable" (Rosten); acceptable according to dietary laws

  • kugel

    Baked pudding or casserole made with eggs and various ingredients, including noodles, potatoes, or spinach

  • kvell

    feel or express pride, "to be extraordinarily pleased" (JPS)

  • kvetch

    "to chronically complain or gripe to others over minor issues" (JPS)