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  • Borscht Belt

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

  • gebakt un geshuckled

    baked and shaken, as in "Shake 'n Bake"

  • goyish

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

  • Jewishness

    Ethnic or cultural Jewish identity, as distinct from "Judaism"

  • kasha

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

  • kasha varnishkes

    kasha (buckwheat groats) with bowtie noodles

  • kimmel

    "kimmel bread" is rye bread with caraway seeds on top

  • mieskeit

    someone/something ugly

  • ongepotchket

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

  • pizza bagel

    A person of (non-Jewish) Italian and Jewish descent.

  • schmaltz

    "Rendered chicken fat." (JPS)

  • shkotz

    berating term for a mischievous Jewish boy

  • shmais

    a Lubavitch news website: http://shmais.com/

  • shnook

    "An incompetent person who is deserving of pity but also likable" (JPS); "A customer easily persuaded, a sucker." (H.L. Mencken, American Language)

  • tsu gezunt

    a response after another person sneezes (analogous to "bless you")

  • yenta

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

  • zei gezunt

    be healthy, be well; farewell!