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  • anash

    n. Members of the Hasidic community.

  • 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.

  • chanichim

    n. Campers; members of youth movement, as in Hashomer Hatzair.

  • chutz la'aretz

    n. Outside of Israel; the disapora, lit. "outside the land."

  • Eretz Yisroel

    n. Israel.

  • gaga

    n. A version of dodgeball played in a hexagonal or octagonal "pit," sometimes referred to as "Israeli dodgeball." Gaga is common in Jewish summer camps, schools, and community gatherings and has spread to non-Jewish settings as well.

  • hakarat hatov

    n. Acknowledgement of support.

  • Knesset

    n. Israel's parliament.

  • maccabiah

    international Jewish sports competition, known as the Jewish Olympics, held (mostly) every four years since 1932; smaller regional competitions held in Jewish community centers around the world

  • madrega

    level, especially spiritual level

  • madrich

    1. Youth counselor or supervisor 2. A teacher's assistant for elementary and middle schoolers during classes in religious schools.

  • mekurav

    non-Orthodox congregants and supporters of Chabad houses

  • oleh

    Immigrant to Israel; a person who makes aliyah.

  • prutah

    two cents (fig.)

  • remez

    "a mark or detail that suggests the existence of implicit information, a trace, an allusion" (Weiser)

  • Shabbat

    prop. n. The Jewish Sabbath; Saturday.

  • Shabbat Shalom

    Greeting or departing line (hello or goodbye) used on or during the few days leading up to Shabbat. Literally "peaceful Sabbath."

  • shchuna

    "the religious neighborhood" (often referring to Crown Heights)

  • Yom Ha'atzmaut

    Israeli Independence Day

  • zatsal

    of righteous memory