Dr. Ruth coming to Dayton to talk about more than sex 

Published: Friday, March 01, 2019 @ 2:44 PM

Famed sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer came to Atlanta’s Marcus Jewish Community Center November 2015 10 to talk about one of her books.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Famed sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer came to Atlanta’s Marcus Jewish Community Center November 2015 10 to talk about one of her books.(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A woman who is not afraid to talk about s.e.x. is coming to Dayton to talk about more than just s.e.x. 

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton President’s Dinner on Tuesday, June 17. 

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A psychosexual therapist by trade, Westheimer is best known for offering sex advice on her TV and radio shows starting in the ‘80s.

Cathy Gardner, the CEO of the Jewish Federation, said Westheimer’s story is far more amazing than many people realized. 

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“She has a powerful Jewish story and she is well known. She is a phenomenal speaker, charming, brilliant and has very deeply meaningful things to teach us,” Gardner said.  

Interest in Westheimer’s visit has been so great that the federation is moving the event from the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture & Education and exploring how to open it up to more people.  A new location is being secured. 

The event is a fundraiser which has featured a list of past speakers that includes journalist David Gregory; businesswoman Randi Zuckerberg; writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt and Lior Raz of the Netfix show “Fauda.” 

Gardner said additional information about Westheimer’s visit will be released on the Federation’s website, jewishdayton.org, sometime in March. 

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Born in Germany in 1928, Westheimer was sent to school in Switzerland at the age of 10 to escape the Holocaust, the genocide that killed her parents, according to a 

biography.com entry on her life. 

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: WWE wrestler Big Show and Dr. Ruth Westheimer attend The UJA-Federation of New York's Entertainment Division Signature Gala at 583 Park Avenue on June 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)(Stephen Lovekin)

She moved to Palestine at age 16 and became a sniper and scout for the Haganah, a Jewish underground movement that fought to create a Jewish homeland, the site says.  

Westheimer later moved to the United States and eventually earned a doctorate degree in family and sex counseling through Columbia University. 

She has penned several books and received numerous honorary degrees over the years. 

Two plays have been produced about her life.

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The  documentary “Ask Dr. Ruth” about the 4-foot-7-inch tall, 90-year-old’s life and career is set to debut on Hulu. 

Gardner said Westheimer’s life story is important to hear.  

“We are losing a lot of our Holocaust survivors as time goes on. We don’t want to lose the opportunity to hear as many stories as we can,” she said. 

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the renowned sex therapist who became enormously popular through her frank discussions and advice, in New York, May 21, 2018. After countless radio and television appearances and not one but two autobiographies, the sex therapist, who turns 90 on June 4, takes stock of her long career.(Rick Loomis/The New York Times)