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Vocabulary Words Created by M. Coliadis. Vocabulary Words…. Shaynkeit Yiddish Malkeleh tenement Goraduk Cossack synagogue Russia Modern pilgrim. Jewish ignorant paskudnyaks corkscrew curls Pilgrim embroidered taunted Sukkos modern. Shaynkeit. “pretty one”

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Vocabulary Words

Created by M. Coliadis

Vocabulary Words…

  • Shaynkeit

  • Yiddish

  • Malkeleh

  • tenement

  • Goraduk

  • Cossack

  • synagogue

  • Russia

  • Modern pilgrim

  • Jewish

  • ignorant

  • paskudnyaks

  • corkscrew curls

  • Pilgrim

  • embroidered

  • taunted

  • Sukkos

  • modern


  • “pretty one”

  • Molly’s mama often called her “shaynkeit.”


  • A language; A blend of German and Hebrew

  • Molly’s mother spoke Yiddish at home.


  • means

    “little Molly”

    “Oi, Malkeleh, we can’t go back to New York City,” said Mama.


  • A building divided into separate apartments for rent

  • Molly lived in a poor tenement apartment in New York.


  • Russian city

  • Goraduk is the city from which Molly came to America in the children's novel Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. Molly and her family left Goraduk because the Cossacks were persecuting the Jews in that place.


  • Russian calvary

  • The Cossacks burned down the synagogue in the town of Goraduk.


  • A Jewish house of worship

  • Jewish people go to the synagogue to worship.


  • A country that makes up most of the continent of Asia

  • Russia used to be called the Soviet Union.


  • Relating to the Jews who are descendents of an ancient people called Hebrews

  • At Molly’s school there weren’t other Jewish girls.


  • Having little knowledge, not knowing, unaware

  • Joe was ignorant about the process of photosynthesis and could not explain it to his teacher.


  • naughty girls

  • Molly’s mom

    wanted to talk with the

    teacher so that the

    paskudnyaks would stop

    teasing Molly.

Corkscrew curls

  • Hair that is curled in the shape of a corkscrew

  • Elizabeth’s hair was long and black with corkscrew curls.


  • People who came from England to America for freedom to worship


  • To make or fill in a design with


  • Molly’s mother made an embroidered handkerchief for her.


  • To make fun of or say mean insulting things to

  • Elizabeth taunted Molly because she could not speak English like everyone else.

Sukkos (Sukkoth)

  • The Jewish harvest holiday

  • Molly celebrated the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth.


  • A passage between sections or seats

  • The bride will walk down the aisle on her wedding day.


  • Relating to the present time or times not long past

  • Molly’s mother is a modern pilgrim.

Modern Pilgrim

  • People who come from all around the world to America for freedom

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