Episode 95: Word of the Week: Shiksa

From Portnoy’s Complaint to Seinfeld, the word shiksa is firmly embedded in popular culture. Where does the word come from, and how has its meaning changed over time? In this episode, we’re bringing you another installment of our “Word of the Week” series, where we dig into one word and explore how it relates to Jewish women. Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Keren McGinity, and Kylie Ora Lobell give us their takes.

This episode features music by Alicia Jo Rabins (www.aliciajo.com).


Released June 20, 2023
  • Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath. Credit: Michael Dolan. 

  • Keren McGinity. Credit: Sharon Marie Grazioso-Katz.

  • Kylie Ora Lobell. Photo courtesy of Kylie Ora Lobell. 

  • The word "shiksa" on a teal background; "Word of the Week" in the upper left corner
  • Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath Headshot
  • Keren McGinity Headshot
  • Kylie Ora Lobell Headshot


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 95: Word of the Week: Shiksa." (Viewed on May 27, 2024) <http://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-95-word-week-shiksa>.