HEW Opening Night

Ask Dr Ruth

Happening in the George Weston Recital Hall

You likely know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as a pioneering sex therapist. You might have listened to 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 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. Join the Neuberger for an intimate, insightful conversation with Dr. Ruth to launch HEW 2018.


November 1, 20187:30 pm