Glossary

Speak the BA language!

Bnei Akiva is renowned for its usage of Hebrew words to actively encourage and promote the speaking of Ivrit amongst young Jews. However, it can be a bit confusing at times – so here’s an overview of the meaning of some of the BA words and phrases:

Sviva
Local branch (of Bnei Akiva in an area) e.g. Cheadle

Machane
Camp

Rosh
Head

Sgan
Deputy

Madrich
Leader

Tafkid
Job/role

Mas Chaver
BA membership scheme (literally: friend tax)

Hachshara
BA gap year scheme in Israel (literally: preparation)

Shevet
Year Group