Ruth Westheimer, better known simply as Dr. Ruth, will be at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly on Sunday, November 4, at 5 p.m., to discuss her life and the lessons she’s learned.
Dr. Ruth, who is known for speaking frankly about intimate matters, has enjoyed an illustrious career as a late-night radio, television, and pop culture celebrity whose humor and warmth entertained and educated thousands of viewers and listeners since the 1980s. Born to German Jewish parents, she was sent to Switzerland on a Kindertransport when she was 10 to escape the Nazis; after the war, Ruth learned that her parents both were dead. She immigrated to Palestine, trained and served as a Haganah sniper, was wounded in an explosion, and eventually came to the United States, where she worked as a maid before becoming a college professor, author, and celebrity.
Her new book, “Roller-Coaster Grandma,” is an autobiography for a 8- to 12-year-olds that describes the ups and downs of her 90-year-journey, using a trip to an amusement park with her grandchildren as its backdrop.
Books will be for sale and she will sign them. Dr. Ruth’s talk is co-sponsored with the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month Endowment Fund. For information, call (201) 569-7900.