Private Event with Ambassador Dani Dayan
With invited guest Dr. Yosef Frost, President of The David Yellin Academic College of Education and special guest Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
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Professor Yosef Frost M.D has been the President of the David Yellin Academic College of Education since January 2019.
Prof. Frost received his M.D. from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University in 1974. He served as a Medical Officer in the IDF from 1976-1980 and achieved the rank of Major.
He has been a leader in the health care system in Israel for over thirty years. During that time, he served as Director General of hospitals and of health insurance regions and was a member of the executive committee of hospital directors. From 2005 until 2016, he served as Director General of Clalit Health Care Services, Jerusalem Region, which serves approximately 500,000 insured, with a budget of over $500 million and a staff of 2,500 employees. Prof. Frost is also a member of the board of directors of the Herzliya Medical Center. As an expert in health care economics and management, he has been involved in establishing a variety of health care projects around the world, and has participated in the development, training, and directing of different projects in Guatemala, Mexico, China (Cheng-du), Panama, Turkmenistan, Albania and Uzbekistan.
His Academic career includes lecturing at the Tel Aviv University Medical School. In 1999, he was named best lecturer in medical school based on the results of a student survey. Prior to his appointment at David Yellin he held a variety of positions at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, including Chair of Interdisciplinary School for Science, Health, and Society, and Head of the Department of Health Management.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer may best be known for having pioneered talking explicitly about sex on radio and television, but as it turns out, that is only a small part of her rich and diversified life. Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer was sent to Switzerland at the age of ten to escape the Holocaust, which wiped out her entire immediate family. At the age of seventeen she went to then Palestine where she joined the Haganah, the Israeli freedom fighters, was trained to be a sniper and was seriously wounded in a bomb blast. She later moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne and in 1956 went to the U.S. where she obtained her Masters Degree (M.A.) in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research and Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher’s College.
Her work for Planned Parenthood led her to study human sexuality under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center, where she became an Adjunct Associate Professor. Subsequently she taught courses at various institutions of higher learning including Princeton and Yale. She currently is teaching a course at both Columbia’s Teachers College and Hunter College. She continues to
She is the author of 46 books, including Stay or Go, Roller Coaster Grandma and Crocodile You’re Beautiful. She’s been the executive producer of five documentaries. She can be found on Twitter @AskDrRuth where she has over 92,000 followers. A one-woman show about her life, “Becoming Dr. Ruth” has played in the Berkshires, Hartford and off-Broadway and continues to tour. And a documentary about her life, Ask Dr. Ruth, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival as well as theaters across the country and is now airing on Hulu.