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  • a long life

    interj. Used to greet a mourner after someone has died.

  • Am Yisrael chai

    interj. An affirmation of the continuity of the Jewish people.

  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Diaspora Jew

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

  • Hasidic

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

  • Hillel

    n. An organization for Jewish college life, especially in North America.

  • Knesset

    n. Israel's parliament.

  • maccabiah

    n. 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.

  • mitzvah

    n. Good deed.

  • motza

    n. A large amount of money, a fortune.

  • Orthodox

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

  • Orthodox Judaism

    prop. n. The most traditional branch of Judaism.

  • pluralism

    n. The principle of being purposefully accepting and welcoming of different levels of Jewish observance, different Jewish practices, and different denominations of Judaism.

  • pluralistic

    adj. (Of a Jewish organization, space, or community) purposefully accepting and welcoming of different levels of Jewish observance, different Jewish practices, and different denominations of Judaism.

  • Purim spiel

    n. A specific humorous skit or play using themes or base storyline of the book of Esther in honor of the holiday of Purim, but often including jokes or settings relevant to the local community or current events; in short, "a satiric Purim play" (Steinmetz, Dictionary of Jewish Usage).

  • shtum

    adj. Quiet, voiceless, mute.

  • shul

    n. Synagogue.