Dr. Ruth Westheimer

SARATOGA SPRINGS–Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs will share a free virtual program of the 92 St. Y in New York City. The “Confronting Hate” program will feature Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 93, celebrity and sex authority, in conversation with Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, senior rabbi emeritus of the Central Synagogue of N.Y.C., on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m.  It is co-presented with the USC Shoah Foundation.

Following a screening of USC Shoah Foundation’s animated short film “Ruth: A Little Girl’s Big Journey” featuring Dr. Ruth’s voice recounting how she survived the Holocaust as a young girl, Annette Insdorf, an American film historian and moderator of the Y’s  “Reel Pieces” film series, will introduce the conversation between Westheimer, and Rubinstein. They will discuss her books including Roller Coaster Grandmaand review universal themes such as fear, loss and loneliness as well as grit, resilience and hope.

Open to the entire community, the program is complimentary, but donations to help with future programming are requested. Reservations and the live stream link may be obtained at   bopitz@skidmore.edu prior to Oct. 5.

Westheimer, 93, will tackle the question of hate by telling the story of her experiences in Nazi Germany.

Following a screening of USC Shoah Foundation’s animated short film Ruth: A Little Girl’s Big Journey – featuring Dr. Ruth’s own voice recounting how she survived the Holocaust as a young girl – Reel Pieces Moderator Annette Insdorf will introduce a conversation between Dr. Ruth and Rabbi Rubinstein. They will discuss her books as they along with the film speak to universal themes that young people experience today – fear, loss and loneliness as well as grit, resilience and hope.

Open to the entire community, the program is complimentary, but donations are encouraged to benefit Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center for future programming. To make reservations and to obtain the live stream link, please contact bopitz@skidmore.edu prior to Oct. 5.

For more general information on the synagogue, please refer to their website at www.saratogasynagogue.org.

At 93 years old and as vibrant as ever, Dr. Ruth Westheimer will be tackling the question of hate by telling the story of her own experiences in Nazi Germany in hopes of combatting forces of

Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein

anti-Semitism that are emerging throughout the world. Following a screening of USC Shoah Foundation’s animated short film Ruth: A Little Girl’s Big Journey – featuring Dr. Ruth’s own voice recounting how she survived the Holocaust as a young girl – Reel Pieces Moderator Annette Insdorf will introduce a conversation between Dr. Ruth and Rabbi Rubinstein. They will discuss her books as they along with the film speak to universal themes that young people experience today – fear, loss and loneliness as well as grit, resilience and hope.

Ruth: A Little Girl’s Big Journey is an example of USC Shoah Foundation’s critical work to bring anti-hate education to new audiences, filling a gap in primary-level Holocaust education with developmentally appropriate content.