A denomination of Judaism started by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan in New York in the 1920s.
A denomination of Judaism that started in Germany in the mid-1800s and has flourished in the United States from the 1880s and on. Reform Judaism developed as a Jewish response to modernity and sought to answer questions of how to be both Jewish and modern in an increasingly complex world.
Literally, “covenant of daughter,” “covenant of life,” “celebration of a daughter.” A religious ceremony to welcome a baby girl into the covenant between God and the Jewish people.
“Righteous convert.” Refers to someone who has converted to Judaism.
The process of converting to Judaism.
The idea that one is Jewish if either parent is Jewish and one was raised with Judaism. This contrasts with the traditional idea of matrilineal descent, in which one is Jewish if one’s mother is/was Jewish.
“Congregation” or “community.”
“Completion.” Usually refers to the completion of the study of a book of Torah, Mishnah, or other study text. The occasion is often accompanied by a festive meal.
Literally, “Blessed is the Judge of Truth;” Customary words one recites upon hearing of a person’s death.
Literally, “honoring the deceased.”