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  • 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).

  • 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

  • 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.

  • JAP

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

  • Jappy

    adj. (Pejorative) like a JAP.

  • JDate

    n. A popular dating site for Jewish singles.

  • Jewbarrassment

    n. Negative feeling people get when they make a mistake or don't know something relating to Jewish culture or observance.

  • Jewishness

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

  • Jews of Color

    n. A pan-ethnic term that identifies Jews who are not white. It generally includes Jews who are Black, Asian, Latino/a/x, Native American, mixed race, and it sometimes also includes Jews with ancestry in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Jewy

    n. Highly identified Jewishly, either outwardly in terms of actions and affiliations, or inwardly based on self-definition.

  • Land of Israel

    n. Not just the state of Israel but the physical place.

  • Maimonidean

    adj. Having to do with Maimonides, the Jewish rabbi, physician and scholar who lived in the 12th century.