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Surviving Salvation: The Ethiopian Jewish Family in Transition Hardcover – January 1, 1993

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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814792537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814792537
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,236,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who emigrated to Israel as a seventeen year-old orphan, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University. Widely known as Dr. Ruth, the host of a variety of television and radio shows, she is the driving force behind a one-hour documentary on the Beta Israel, the author of five books, and has taught at Adelphi University, Columbia University, and West Point.

Dr. Steven Kaplan is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion and African Studies and Chair of the African Studies Department at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia: From Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century, also published by New York University Press.

More About the Author

Born in Germany in 1928, I was sent to a children's home in Switzerland at the age of ten which became an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students who had been sent there to escape the Holocaust. At 17 I went to Israel where I fought for the country's independence as a member of the Haganah, the Jewish freedom fighters. I then moved to Paris where I studied at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. I immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 and obtained my Masters Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research. In 1970, I received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher's College.
My work at Planned Parenthood is what prompted me to further my education in human sexuality by studying at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.
My TV show Sexually Speaking first aired in 1980 as a 15-minute taped show, which then increased in popularity and became a nationally syndicated radio show.
In recent years, I have made regular appearances on the PBS Television children's show Between the Lions as "Dr. Ruth Wordheimer" in a parody of my therapist role, in which I help anxious readers and spellers overcome their fear of long words.
Currently I am an Adjunct Professor at N.Y.U. and an Associate Fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University, where I teach a course on the American family. I am also a Fellow of Butler College at Princeton University, where I will teach a course on the Jewish family. In addition to having my own private practice I am a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and frequently lecture at universities across the country.

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