Opening Night of the 38th Annual Neuberger Holocaust Education Week
ASK DR. RUTH: From Refugee to Celebrity Sex Therapist
You likely know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as a pioneering sex therapist. You might have listened to her 1980s call-in radio show. But do you know her personal untold story?
Dr. Ruth was born Karola Ruth Siegel in Frankfurt, Germany in 1928, and witnessed her father’s arrest by the Gestapo and Kristallnacht at age 10. She was sent to a school in Switzerland with the Kindertransport shortly afterwards, which became an orphanage for German Jewish youth. While Dr. Ruth survived, her entire family was murdered, likely in Auschwitz. At 17, she went to Israel where she fought in the Haganah as a sniper and was wounded; she later moved to Paris, studied at the Sorbonne, and eventually immigrated to the US in 1956, where she furthered her education, completed her doctorate, and discovered a passion for sexual education.
Her subsequent career as a psychosexual therapist and noted radio program, "Sexually Speaking," grew into a multimedia sensation, spanning the globe and media platforms. Dr. Ruth is the recipient of numerous awards and an honorary doctorate from HUC. At 90, she is busy as ever, currently teaching at her alma mater of Columbia University’s Teachers College as well as at Hunter College and with her recently-released graphic novel, Roller Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth.
Join the Neuberger for an intimate, insightful conversation with Dr. Ruth to launch the week of programs.
Opening Night of HEW is generously co-sponsored by the Rifkind and Mansell families and by the German Consulate General of Toronto.
This program will feature open captioning for accessibility. This program is now sold out. We apologize for any disappointment.
Thursday, November 1 | 7:30 PM
Toronto Centre for the Arts | George Weston Recital Hall
5040 Yonge Street | Toronto