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  • bond of life

    n. Common translation of the Hebrew "tzror ha-hayim," referring to a transcendent realm where the souls of righteous are kept in safekeeping.

  • Borscht Belt

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

  • boychick

    n. "A young boy...equivalent of the American expression 'buddy'" (JPS)

  • break fast

    n. The meal that takes place after a fast.

  • bring down

    v. Cite or reference.

  • BT

    n. Ba'al teshuva, returnee to faith, Jew who chose to become Orthodox.

  • Bujew

    n. A Jew who practices Buddhism; a Jew interested in Eastern spirituality.

  • by

    prep. At [a location], at the house of, with, among, according to the opinion of, at [an event, time of year] (in addition to Standard English near).

  • candle lighting

    n. "The custom of lighting candles to welcome the Sabbath" (JPS); the exact time at which holiday and Shabbos candles are supposed to be lit by according to Jewish law.

  • cashew

    n. A person of Catholic and Jewish heritage.

  • CCAR

    n. A union of Reform Rabbis that determines pay and benefits, as well as who can work at Reform movement-affiliated synagogues.

  • cement mixer

    n. Non-Jewish woman.

  • Chabad house

    n. A synagogue/residence/outreach center operated by Chabad-Lubabvitch, usually run by a Rabbi and wife, and often their children.

  • chesedik

    adj. Kind.

  • chosenness

    n. Notion that Jews are God's chosen people, based on biblical quotes.

  • Chrismukkah

    n. "Chrismukkah is a pop-culture portmanteau neologism referring to the merging of the holidays of Christianity's Christmas and Judaism's Hanukkah." (Wikipedia)

  • CJLS

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

  • collect

    v. Gather funds or fundraise for an institution.

  • conservadox

    adj. Of a manner of Jewish religious practice that is considered to be intermediate between the Conservative and Orthodox movements in liturgy, observance, etc.

  • Conservative Judaism

    n. Originally known as "historical positive Judaism," a denomination that combines observance with an idea of "halachic process." See further comments below.