Sept. 12, 2018 By Tara Law
Celebrity sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer will speak about her life at the Central Queens Y next month in Forest Hills.
Westheimer will discuss her unique life story and her two most recent autobiographical books, Roller Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth and The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life and Joie de Vivre. The talk will be held at the Y, which is at 67-09 108th St., on Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Westheimer is most famous for blunt talk on matters of sex, love and relationships. She first came to the public’s attention through her radio advice program Sexually Speaking that premiered in the 1980s. In her career, she has published more than 40 books; made movies on sex, Ethiopian Jews, Bedouin women and Islam; and taught at Yale and Columbia University.
What is well less known, however, is that Westheimer is also a Holocaust survivor who was raised in a Swiss orphanage and fought as a sniper during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
Next month, Westheimer will talk about how to live life to the full while surmounting adversity, according to the Central Queens Y .
“Dr. Ruth sheds light on how she’s learned to live a life filled with joie de vivre and she shows others how they too can live with challenges, tragedy, and loss, all while nourishing an intellectual and emotional spark, and, above all, having fun,” the Y wrote in a press release.
The event is free, although a $10 donation is suggested. Attendees are not required to RSVP.