BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – A wine and cheese reception and book signing takes place at 4 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. talk Sunday, Nov. 15 with Ruth K. Westheimer, at the Congregation Sons of Israel (CSI), 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor.
She will read from her new book “Sexuality and the Jewish Tradition.”
The talk is free and open to the public. The wine and cheese reception is $50 per person and includes one book. See the CSI website for more information. www.csibriarcliff.org
Westheimer, 87, has gained fame for giving practical and straightforward advice for sexual problems. Known to her public simply as "Dr. Ruth, " the New York psychologist, broadcaster, and writer Dr. became known for giving out sexual advice "like good hot chicken soup" to Americans in the 1980s.
Orphaned by the Third Reich when her German-Jewish family perished after sending her to safety in Switzerland, she immigrated to Palestine where she became a fervent Zionist and member of the Haganah, the Jewish underground movement. After her first marriage ended she supported herself and her young daughter by working as a maid while she learned English and earned a master's degree at the New School for Social Research.
After meeting her third husband on a ski trip to the Catskills, she earned her doctorate in education at Columbia University. At Columbia she studied family counseling and sex counseling, and her big break came in 1977 when she gave a lecture to a group of New York broadcasters about the need for more broadcast programs to promote "sexual literacy."
Contacts at this lecture evolved into a phenomenally popular two-hour syndicated radio talk show called Sexually Speaking, a cable television show, The Dr. Ruth Show, several best-selling books, and celebrity status throughout the country.
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