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  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • Ashkenazic

    adj. Adjectival form for 'Ashkenazim', "The name given to the group of Jews who were originally from Germany and France, and their descendants" (JPS).

  • Ashkenormative

    adj. Assuming that all Jews are Ashkenazi, not considering Jews with other backgrounds.

  • b mitzvah

    n. The gender-neutral equivalent of a bar or bat mitzvah (used to be inclusive of genderfluid or nonbinary children).

  • bageling

    v. Identifying another person as a Jew.

  • bark mitzvah

    n. A mock celebration for a dog, akin to a bar/bat mitzvah (meant to be comedic).

  • BCE

    adv. Before the Common Era (used in place of B.C.). Steinmetz: "...recently, a new awareness of the Christian character of these abbreviations have led many Jewish writers and editors to replace them with [C.E. And B.C.E.]"

  • Be well

    interj. Closing to a letter or conversation: Take care, be healthy.

  • 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.

  • black hat

    n. Haredi; describing people or traditions of the right end of the Orthodox continuum, encompassing Hasidic and non-Hasidic (or just non-Hasidic) Orthodox Jews, of whom the men wear black hats

  • chopped liver

    n. A pate made from chopped chicken liver and onions.

  • Conservative

    adj. Of, relating to, or affiliated with Conservative Judaism.

  • Conservative Judaism

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

  • 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.

  • Diaspora Jew

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

  • from your mouth to God's ears

    (sentence) Response to a good wish or blessing that mentions future events: I want that to happen, but I'm not sure it will.

  • good for the Jews

    (sentence) An expression, often used ironically, to ask what the effect of a given event will be on the Jewish community.

  • good yom-tov

    interj. Standard holiday greeting.

  • Hasidic

    adj. Of or relating to Hasidic Judaism or Hasidic Jews.

  • JAP

    n. "Jewish American Princess": a Jewish teenager or young adult who is pretentious and snobby, and usually rich.