how to say “souvenir” in Hebrew
A souvenir is a מַזְכֶּרֶת (mahz-KEH-ret). It derives from the root ז.כ.ר (z.k.r), meaning memory, since a souvenir is something that calls up the memory of a place or time. מזכרת also means memento.
The word מזכרת appears on the map of Israel. Among the first Jewish settlements dotting the barren Land of Israel in the late 19th century was a place originally named after the Biblical Philistine city, עֶקְרוֹן (ek-ROHN), but was soon renamed מַזְכֶּרֶת בַּתְיָה (mahz-KEH-ret baht-YAH) – memento of Batya – after the mother of the town’s major benefactor, Edmund de Rothschild.