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  • Av

    "The fifth month in the Jewish calendar, it usually corresponds to July or August" (JPS).

  • avodah

    "Service and worship of God" (Eisenberg)

  • beit knesset

    Jewish place of worship; "synagogue" (JPS)

  • Birkat Hamazon

    The blessing after food, referring to the four blessing Grace After Meals said after consuming bread. Referred to in many communities as "bentching," or simply as "birkat" in some Jewish summer camps.

  • genizah

    A storage room in a synagogue where disused sacred books and often-sacred articles are kept, since bringing them or disposing of them otherwise is considered a sacrilege.

  • 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

  • ruach

    spirit, "spiritedness, morale" (JPS)

  • shomer

    a chaperone, protector, or guard

  • tefillah

    prayer, services, or an individual prayer