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(Encyclopedia) Diaspora d??sp?r? [Gr.,=dispersion], term used today to denote the Jewish communities living outside the Holy Land. It was originally used to designate the dispersal of the Jews at?


(Encyclopedia) Shavuot sh?vo?o?t [Heb.,=weeks], Jewish feast celebrated on the 6th of the month of Sivan (usually some time in May) in Israel and on the sixth and seventh days in the Diaspora.?

Davis, Chuck

(Encyclopedia) Davis, Chuck (Charles Rudolph Davis), 1937?2017), American dancer, choreographer, and proponent of African dance, b. Raleigh, N.C. After serving in the navy, Davis studied with Martha?


(Encyclopedia) Passover, in Judaism, one of the most important and elaborate of religious festivals. Its celebration begins on the evening of the 14th of Nisan (first month of the religious calendar?

Dubnow, Simon

(Encyclopedia) Dubnow, Simon do?obnf, 1860?1941, Jewish historian and ideologist, b. Belorussia. Self-educated, he settled after extensive travels in St. Petersburg, where he taught Jewish history?

Farah, Nuruddin

(Encyclopedia) Farah, Nuruddin, 1945?, Somali novelist, playwright, and essayist. Educated in Ethiopia, India, and England, he writes in English. His first novel, From a Crooked Rib (1970), was about?


(Encyclopedia) Zionism, modern political movement for reconstituting a Jewish national state in Palestine. Early Years The rise of the Zionist movement in the late 19th cent. was influenced by?

Tel Aviv

(Encyclopedia) Tel Aviv t?l ?v?v, city (1994 pop. 355,200), W central Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. Oficially named Tel Aviv?Jaffa, it is Israel's commercial, financial, communications, and?

Garvey, Marcus

(Encyclopedia) Garvey, Marcus, 1887?1940, American proponent of black nationalism, b. Jamaica. At the age of 14, Garvey went to work as a printer's apprentice. After leading (1907) an?


(Encyclopedia) synagogue s?n?g?g [Gr.,=assembly], in Judaism, a place of assembly for worship, education, and communal affairs. The origins of the institution are unclear. One tradition dates it to?