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Monday, May 7, 2018

English Schminglish! Wordlady talks about Hebrew and Yiddish words in Kitchener

Tickets must be ordered in advance, not on sale at the door

CHW Kitchener-Waterloo Centre Invites you to join us for our
Annual Campaign Event

Get Farpitzsed
and join us for an evening of
Fressing & Freilach


Farpitzsed = To get all dressed up to the "nines"
Fressing = Gourmandizing
Freilach = Joyous

Opening remarks by CHW National President Debbie Eisenberg
Our Guest Speaker,
Katherine Barber, Canada's Word Lady, will speak on the topic:
English Schminglish
An entertaining look at how Hebrew and Yiddish Words have enriched the English language for centuries.

Musical entertainment by The Notbadniks
Monday May 14, 2018, 6-10pm
Borealis Grille & Bar
4336 King Street East, Kitchener
Early Bird Tickets: $36.00 (until April 30th)
Regular Tickets: $40.00 (after April 30th)
As seating is limited, tickets must be ordered in advance
Dairy Dinner will include Entree, Dessert, and Tea or Coffee.
Food allergies can be accommodated if you contact us at least a week in advance
*Please note, Couvert only covers our expenses for this event.  Please give generously to the CHW Annual Campaign, for which a full tax receipt will be issued.
CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets
More Information: Marcia Glick at 226-647-5182 or glick.marcia@gmail.com
Copyright © 2018 CHW Kitchener Waterloo - Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW), All rights reserved.

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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.