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  • b'shalom See full entry►

    adv. "In peace" (used to sign off in written correspondence).

  • Birthright See full entry►

    n. A free 10-day trip to Israel for young Diaspora Jews ages 18-26. Over 400,000 Jews have been to Israel on Birthright.

  • CJLS See full entry►

    n. A committee of Conservative Rabbis that meets semi-yearly to review t'shuvot (halachic proposals).

  • continuity See full entry►

    n. An objective, often expressed in response to rising rates of interfaith marriage, to ensure that Judaism is transmitted from one generation to the next.

  • convener See full entry►

    n. An organization that brings people or organizations together.

  • Diaspora Jew See full entry►

    n. A Jew living in the Jewish Diaspora, as opposed to one living within the State of Israel.

  • engagement See full entry►

    n. The degree to which an individual is active in or affiliated with a Jewish communal activity or organization, or to which a Jewish institution encourages such activity.

  • ever-dying people See full entry►

    n. Reference to Simon Rawidowicz quote that Jews have long seen themselves in danger of decline.

  • federation See full entry►

    n. A local Jewish philanthropy which raises and distributes funds for social welfare, social services and educational needs in local communities and overseas, especially Israel.

  • give/get See full entry►

    n. The amount of money that a board member of an organization is responsible to contribute, either by a personal donation ("give") or by the member's individual fundraising ("get").

  • Jew Bub See full entry►

    n. "Jewish Bubble"; the network of Jewish organizations and social circles in which Jews interact mostly with other Jews.

  • Jewish geography See full entry►

    n. A "game" in which Jews attempt to identify common friends or acquaintances.

  • Jewish professional See full entry►

    n. An employee, excluding support staff, of an institution, including a synagogue, non-profit organization, and school, specifically or largely devoted to a Jewish cause or agenda.

  • Jews of Color See full entry►

    n. A pan-ethnic term that identifies Jews who are not white. It generally includes Jews who are Black, Asian, Latino/a/x, Native American, mixed race, and it sometimes also includes Jews with ancestry in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • lay leader See full entry►

    n. A member of the board of directors for a Jewish non-profit organization.

  • mission See full entry►

    n. An organized trip meant to expose participants to the work of a nonprofit organization, raise awareness of a cause, and/or deliver supplies or services to a deserving population. Unlike the Christian use of the word "mission," Jewish missions do not signify a proselytizing motive.

  • Open Orthodox See full entry►

    n. A breakaway movement to the left of Modern Orthodoxy, declared outside of acceptable Orthodox boundaries by most mainstream Orthodox rabbis.

  • peoplehood See full entry►

    n. Sense of belonging to the world Jewish people.

  • Pew See full entry►

    n. Shorthand reference to "A Portrait of Jewish Americans," a comprehensive survey, released in October 2013 by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project. Upon its release, the survey's findings on population, Jewish identity, and interfaith marriage seemed likely to play a central role in determining priorities for myriad Jewish institutions.

  • pluralism See full entry►

    n. The principle of being purposefully accepting and welcoming of different levels of Jewish observance, different Jewish practices, and different denominations of Judaism.