Kahal

Alternative Spellings

Kal, kohol

Definitions

  • (the people of) a Jewish community
  • Synagogue, shul, congregation

Example Sentences

  • On Shabbat we are going to kahal.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew, Ladino

Etymology

Heb קהל kahál, Yiddish קהל kóol

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Yiddish also has the verb קהלן זיך kooln zikh 'be active in affairs of Jewish community (usu. ironic)'

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