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  • Av

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

  • baruch haba

    interj. "Welcome!"

  • beit knesset

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

  • chag sameach

    interj. "Literally, 'Happy Holiday.' The traditional, all-purpose greeting exchanged on almost any Jewish holiday" (JPS).

  • 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.

  • tefillah

    prayer, services, or an individual prayer

  • va'ad

    "committee or council" (Steinmetz), group convened for a particular purpose, including rabbinical council, kashrut supervisory council, youth group/synagogue board of directors, study group, etc.