AABGU: Celebrating the Remarkable Dr. Ruth
April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Celebrate Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer as she receives her first honorary doctorate from an Israeli university, bestowed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz and Rector Prof. Chaim Hames.
Toni Young– AABGU past president, for her remarkable leadership and vision.
Philip Gomperts – newly retired director of AABGU’s Southwest Region, for his extraordinary fundraising achievements.
For more information, visit www.aabgu.org/celebrate-remarkable.
Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer
WORLD RENOWNED SEX THERAPIST, AUTHOR AND MEDIA PERSONALITY
Dr. Ruth, as she is known, is an acclaimed psychosexual therapist who pioneered speaking frankly about sex on radio and television. As it turns out, that is only a small part of her rich and diversified life. Throughout her career, Dr. Ruth has maintained her commitment to the Jewish people and Israel. A kindertransport child, she was sent to Switzerland at the age of 10; she lost her entire family in the Holocaust. At 17, she went to then-Palestine where she fought for independence as a sniper in the Haganah. She later moved to Paris where she studied psychology at the Sorbonne. In 1956, she immigrated to the United States and received a master’s in sociology from the New School for Social Research as well as a doctorate in education from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.
In 2020, Dr. Ruth became an honorary board member of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University is the first she will receive from an Israeli university. In gratitude, she launched the $100,000 Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer Endowed Scholarship for Psychology at BGU.
About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today. For more information visit www.aabgu.org.