by Judith T. Fox

Translator’s note: I’ve attempted to keep these definitions very brief. Fuller explanations of many of these themes are available elsewhere on this site and I encourage you to read them. If you still have questions, have other words you want defined, or just want more information, please contact the Director of Congregational Learning,  at 860-233-2774,

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Kaddish -  A prayer describing God's greatness and power that separates the various parts of the service. There is a special mourners Kaddish.
Kadima -  The Jewish youth group for 5th - 8th graders in Conservative Synagogues.
KaHal -  Our junior congregation/family service.
Kiddush -  A prayer recited over a cup of wine that sets aside Shabbat as special. Also, a light meal at the synagogue after the Shabbat morning service.
Kislev -  The Hebrew month in which Hanukah occurs.
Kol Nidre -  A prayer during the service held on the evening of Yom Kippur. Kol Nidre nullifies rash vows made during the year.