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Dr. Ruth Westheimer - Self Made Woman

            Continued from page 2          High School of Science in New York in  relationship advice, but after two divorces,  had helped rescue Westheimer from Nazi
                                           commemoration of Yom HaShoah 2008.    it was her third marriage, to Manfred ‘Fred’  Germany. She still lives in the “cluttered
           two teen advice shows called What’s  Westheimer spoke about her life story  Westheimer, that was the “real  three-bedroom apartment in Washington
         Up, Dr. Ruth? and a call-in show, You’re  and the audience of 500 sang “Happy  marriage”. She met Fred on a skiing trip in  Heights where she raised her two
         on the Air with Dr. Ruth in 1990. In 1993  Birthday” in honor of her 80th birthday.  the Catskills. Fred, too, had escaped Nazi  children and became famous, in that
         Westheimer and Israeli TV host, Arad  At the ceremony she received an   Germany. Their marriage lasted until his  order,” to be near the two synagogues of
         Nir, hosted a talk show in Hebrew  honorary Bronx High School of Science  death in 1997. She has two children, Miriam  which she is a member, the YMHA of
         titled Min Tochnit, on the newly  diploma. In 2002, she received the Leo  and Joel, and four grandchildren. In  which she was president for three years,
         opened Israeli Channel 2. The show  Baeck Medal for her humanitarian work  December 2014, Westheimer was a guest at  and a “still sizable community of German
         was similar to her US Sexually    promoting tolerance and social justice.  an Orthodox Jewish wedding in the Bronx.  Jewish World War II refugees.” She
         Speaking show. The name of the      In the 1980s and 1990s, Westheimer  The groom, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt,  speaks English, German, French,
         show, Min Tochnit, is a play on words:  was a frequent guest on late-night talk  is the great-grandson of the woman who  and Hebrew.  Net worth approximately
         literally “Kind of a program”, but  shows like The Tonight Show and Late                                      $3 million dollars.
         “Min” (îéï) in Hebrew also means  Night with Conan O’Brien. She also
         “sex” and “gender”.               appeared on talk shows on German                A Sense of Purpose:  Join a Service Group
           During the 1980s “Dr. Ruth” became  television. In 2019, she was a guest
         a household name; she made guest  on The View, The Today Show and Late        If you are looking for a way to give back, support women’s issues and have an
         appearances on several network    Night with Seth Meyers.                         opportunity to develop worthwhile friendships, please contact us.
         television shows, including The Tonight  Westheimer is an                   SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL is comprised of profes-
         Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late  accomplished ethnographer. Her studies  sional women who have agreed to work together serving  their
         Night with David Letterman.  She also  in this field include the Ethiopian  community.  Motto: “To improve the lives of women and girls
         made frequent appearances on the  Jews, Papua New Guinea’s Trobriand      in local communities and throughout the world.” We welcome
         syndicated revival of Hollywood   Islanders, and the Druze, a sect        interest from women in Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, Brea for
         Squares that ran from 1986 to 1989. In  originating from Shia Islam now
         the 1990s Westheimer appeared as  residing in Israel, Syria and Lebanon.  a local group,  please contact us at 1-949-795-2776 for details.
         herself in episode 89 of Quantum Leap,  The latter were the subject of her
         the episode title being “Dr. Ruth”.  2007 PBS documentary The Olive and the  Check out the website at to learn more about
           Between 2001 and 2007, Westheimer  Tree: The Secret Strength of the Druze and a
         made regular appearances on       book of the same title.              all programs and other locations.  Collaboration is fun and we have
         the PBS children’s television       Westheimer is a trustee of the Museum  more power when we choose to work together. Think about the
         series Between the Lions as “Dr. Ruth  of Jewish Heritage in New York City.  difference you can make in the world that surrounds you.
         Wordheimer” in a spoof of her       A documentary about her life, Ask Dr.         For more information, please call 1-949-795-2776
         therapist role in which she helps  Ruth, premiered in U.S. theaters on May
         anxious readers and spellers overcome  3, 2019 and was released on Hulu on June
         their fear of long words. In January  1, 2019.
         2009, the 55th anniversary issue    Having previously avoided discussing
         of Playboy magazine included      her early years and how the Holocaust
         Westheimer as #13 in a list of the 55  affected her family and herself,
         most important people in sex from the  Westheimer believes that current events           Refreshed for the
         past 55 years. In October 2013 the  make it necessary for her to “stand up
         play Becoming Dr. Ruth opened Off  and be counted.” She stated that seeing
         Broadway. Actress Debra Jo        child refugees being separated from their         Smart & Savvy Adult
         Rupp played the role of Dr. Ruth. The  parents upsets her, because her own
         play showcased the sex therapist’s life  story is reflected in what they are going
         from fleeing the Nazis in the     through. Westheimer continues to be an
         Kindertransport and joining       active figure. In addition to the
         the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout  documentary released about her this   Email Subscriptions Available
         and sniper, to her struggles to succeed  year, she has recently published her 45th
         as a single mother coming to      book. On her 91st birthday (June 4),
         America. Eileen DeSandre played Dr.  Westheimer visited the Ellen DeGeneres     Interactive & Informative
         Ruth in the Virginia Repertory Theatre  show, and visited Ellen’s show again in
         production of Becoming Dr. Ruth.  November 2019, taking questions from
           Westheimer has                  the audience. In 2019 alone, Westheimer  For Seniors, By Seniors, About Seniors
         delivered commencement speeches at  has appeared on Late Night with Seth
         the Hebrew Union                  Meyers, The View, and Strahan, Sara and
         College seminary, Lehman College of  Keke.                                              Check It Out!
         the City University of New York and,  Personal life
         in 2004, at Trinity College, where she
         has been awarded honorary           Dr. Ruth Westheimer in 2009.      
         degrees. She also taught courses and  Westheimer has been married three
         seminars at Princeton and Yale, and  times. She said that each of her marriages
         was the guest speaker at the Bronx  played an important role in her

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