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  • b'shalom

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

  • b'tzelem Elohim

    adv. lit. "In God's image."

  • beineinu

    adj. Between us.

  • beit cafe

    n. Coffee house.

  • Birthright

    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.

  • boker tov

    interj. "Good morning."

  • bruchim haba'im

    interj. Welcome! [lit. "blessed are those who come"]

  • CCAR

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

  • chanichim

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

  • CJLS

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

  • continuity

    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

    n. An organization that brings people or organizations together.

  • Diaspora Jew

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

  • engagement

    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

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

  • federation

    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

    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").

  • Hafgana

    n. Demonstration, protest.

  • harbotzas hatorah

    n. Spreading of Torah knowledge.

  • Jew Bub

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