Sunday, September 22
This is an 18+ event.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer will advise the Garde audience on issues concerning love, sex, and health. No matter what you need to know, Dr. Ruth can explain it in no-nonsense terms, without being judgmental and with a good dose of fun. Dr. Ruth Westheimer is an orphan of the Holocaust who became America’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. Now 91, she shows no signs of slowing down. Born in Germany in 1928, Ruth was 10 years old when she was sent to a children’s home in Switzerland that served as an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students escaping the Holocaust. At 17, she went to Palestine where she fought for that country’s independence as a member of the Haganah, the Jewish Freedom Fighters.
Dr. Ruth pioneered speaking frankly about sexual matters on the radio with her call-in program, Sexually Speaking, which began airing in 1980 Sundays after midnight. Ask Dr. Ruth has been syndicated both nationally and international by King Features Entertainment, making her a household name in the U.S., London and Hong Kong. The All New Dr. Ruth Show aired on Lifetime, and with What’s Up, Dr. Ruth, she helped broaden Lifetime’s appeal with teens. There were also Dr. Ruth’s Good Sex Night-to-Night Calendar (1993 & 1994) and a board/computer game, Dr. Ruth’s Game of Good Sex. She also starred in a pilot for ABC titled Dr. Ruth’s House and appeared in an episode of Quantum Leap, and more recently, on the Ellen Show. She was the Executive Producer for PBS documentaries, Surviving Salvation and No Missing Link, The Olive and The Tree: The Secret Strength of the Druze, and Shifting Sands: Bedouin Women at the Crossroads. She’s been featured on TV commercials for many products. She also narrated two children’s stories, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, on a CD entitled Timeless Tales And Music of Our Time which received a Grammy nomination.
Dr. Westheimer is the recipient of numerous award and honors including an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College – Institute of Religion for her work in Human an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from CUNY’s Lehman College, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the International Society for Sexual and Impotence Research 20th Anniversary Award, and the Leo Baeck Medal. She received the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood and is a board member of Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. She is currently serving as the Honorary President of the Council on Sexuality and Aging at the National Sexuality Resource Center.
She is the author of forty-one books–and counting. Dr. Ruth is active on Twitter @AskDrRuth. Currently, her life is the subject of a Hulu documentary, Ask Dr. Ruth. Dr. Westheimer has two children, four grandchildren and resides in New York City.