July 2020 -- Tammuz-Av 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 7

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Dr. Ruth Relays Her Experience

in the IDF

World-renowned sex therapist and cultural icon Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer joined a webinar, part of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces’ (FIDF) Engage web series on June 4. The event was part of FIDF’s temporary digital alternative to community events and galas across the United States, as many of them have been postponed due to Covid-19.


In the webinar, Dr. Ruth shared her experience surviving the Holocaust as a child and as a sniper in the Haganah from 1945-1948. The Haganah was the main paramilitary organization of the Jewish population in Mandatory Palestine prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948. Dr. Ruth boasted that she was an excellent sniper and “an expert at throwing hand grenades,” admitting however, she never killed anyone. Dr. Ruth also shared that in 1948, on her 20th birthday, her legs were severely injured due to a bombing and two women next to her were killed.


Later in the webinar, Dr. Ruth referred to the benefits of serving in the IDF as a life experience. “Anybody who serves in the IDF, I can promise them, once they are finished, they will have good sex for the rest of their life,” she said.


Dr. Ruth has over 98,000 followers on Twitter @AskDrRuth. A one-woman show about her life, “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” has played in New York and other cities while a documentary about her life, “Ask Dr. Ruth,” was shown in theaters and can be viewed on HULU. Dr. Ruth teaches at Columbia’s Teachers College and Hunter College, lives in New York, and has two children and four grandchildren.


Jerry Levine, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, investigative journalist, and former Miami news anchor, moderated the event. FIDF National Chairman Emeritus Dr. Nily Falic introduced Dr. Ruth.


Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) launched “FIDF Engage,” a free, virtual event series and online portal, to provide official information and connection to IDF soldiers and Israeli officials amid the coronavirus outbreak. This series supports FIDF’s fundraising efforts that provide a range of assistance from hygienic necessities to fitness facilities and equipment, all of which are important to addressing the well-being of soldiers. The FIDF Engage series grants supporters a way to learn more about how Israel is confronting the virus and how the IDF is handling the situation in real time.