1 - 20 of 128

  • anticirc

    Growing movement of Jews and non-Jews who are opposed to circumcision.

  • antisemitism

    Hatred against Jews.

  • b mitzvah

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

  • babka

    "A loaf type coffee cake" (JPS)

  • bagel

    "A leavened, firm, doughnut shaped roll" (JPS)

  • bar mitzvah

    Jewish coming-of-age ceremony/celebration for a 13-year-old boy; the boy who has come of age.

  • bat mitzvah

    in gender egalitarian communities, the ceremony of a 13- (or 12-) year-old girl's first calling up to the Torah, symbolizing her adulthood in Jewish life. can also refer to the girl herself. In Orthodox communities, refers to celebration of girl turning 12. "Celebration of a Jewish girl's coming of age; a girl who has reached that age." (Glinert)

  • BCE

    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

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

  • Borscht Belt

    region in the Catskill Mountains with many summer resorts frequented by Jews, especially in the mid twentieth century

  • Bujew

    a Jew who practices Buddhism; a Jew interested in Eastern spirituality

  • bupkis

    Nothing

  • Chabad

    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.

  • challah

    "The braided egg bread that traditionally is eaten on almost every Jewish holiday and [the Sabbath]" (JPS)

  • chutzpah

    guts (positive)

  • Conservative Judaism

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

  • Diaspora

    "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).

  • dreidel

    "A small, four-sided spinning top used in a game during Chanukah" (JPS); the top itself

  • falafel

    the deep-fried chick pea ball itself

  • farkakte

    "lousy, messed up, ridiculous" (JPS) Shitty, full of crap.