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Transliteration Hebrew Definition
Chag Sameach

חַג שָׂמֵחַ

Literally, "joyous festival". This greeting can be used for any holiday, but it's most often used for Sukkot, Shavu'ot and Pesach (Passover), which are technically the only festivals.

Chai

חַי

Literally, “life;” a traditional Jewish symbol or piece of jewelry that spells this word.

Challah

חַלָה

Twisted bread that is used ritually at Shabbat and holiday meals.

Chanukah

חַנוּכָּה

Festival of Lights and Miracles.

Chanukiah

חַנוּכִּיָה

A Chanukah Menorah.

Chazon

חָזוֹן

Literally, divine communication in a vision. Shir Tikva is using this word to refer to our project to engage in meaningful, reflective dialogue about our hopes and dreams for the future of our congregation in order to develop a vision of our future together.

Chazzan

חַזָן

Cantor.

Cheshvan

חֶשְׁוַן

The eighth month of the Jewish Calendar.

Chuppah

חוּפָּה

The canopy under which Jewish weddings take place.