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  • noun Judaism A type of Jewish community in eastern Europe.
  • noun Judaism Any Jewish community; especially, a secular Jewish communal organization, or the secular dimension of a religious one.


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From Hebrew קְהִילָּה (k'hilá, "a community, a congregation").


  • Also, the concept of a "kehillah" - style education for all Jewish children is passé and not vogue in the new humanitarian universal model.


  • The nature of the kehillah was one of the most hotly contested topics on the political agenda of Polish Jewry in the interwar period.

    Poland: Interwar.

  • Other fields, such as municipal politics, kehillah politics or labor union activities, have been generally ignored.

    Poland: Interwar.

  • The tough rhetoric of the pre-war period had, if anything, deepened, yet one hears nothing of a demand for equal participation of women in the elections for the kehillah.

    Poland: Interwar.

  • Zionists, Bundists and Folkists saw the kehillah as the building block of a new national Jewish identity, but only if the kehillah could be remade into a secular, democratic instrument, where religious needs would at best be provided as one of many services to the Jewish public, or, in the view of more strident secularist nationalists, eliminated from the activities of the kehillah entirely.

    Poland: Interwar.

  • If women were barred from direct participation in kehillah politics, this was not the case in general Polish elections, nor was it true within the various Jewish youth movements and political parties.

    Poland: Interwar.

  • The kehillah itself granted the various leaders this authority which included the right of leaders to enforce legislation.

    Benjamin Aron Slonik.

  • Changes did take place in the kehillah regime, at first under the German occupation of Poland during World War I, and then under the newly established Polish regime, moving that body towards almost universal suffrage, but still limited to males.

    Poland: Interwar.

  • Orthodox parties that developed at the same time did their utmost to preserve the essentially religious nature of the kehillah.

    Poland: Interwar.

  • One could say that the fight over the nature of the kehillah was one of the key formative issues of Jewish politics in Eastern Europe, going back to the beginning of the century.

    Poland: Interwar.


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