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Presidents Dinner


Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew phrase and key Jewish belief, which references the shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. The goal of the Presidents Dinner is to bring in world-renowned speakers for a one-of-a-kind experience that will inspire our community with a global message of Tikkun Olam on an intimate level. We accomplish this by making the event accessible to all community members, while at the same time providing Corporate Sponsors the opportunity to gain awareness for their exposure.

Presidents Dinner is held annually between May and June.

2019 Speaker

Keynote Speaker Dr. Ruth Westheimer

World-renowned psychosexual therapist, author, and lecturer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer may best be known for having pioneered talking explicitly about sex on radio and television, but 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 seventeen she went to then-Palestine. 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.

She is the author of 44 books, the latest of which are Stay or Go and Roller Coaster Grandma and the executive producer of five documentaries. A one-woman show about her life, Becoming Dr. Ruth has played in the Berkshires, Hartford and off-Broadway and continues to tour. A documentary about her life, Ask Dr. Ruth, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January and will be shown in theaters and then on Hulu. Dr. Westheimer, a widow, has two children, four grandchildren and resides in New York City.

Invitation to follow, seating is limited. Tickets will be available online Wednesday, May 8!

2017 Presidents Dinner

Past Speakers

2018 Keynote Speaker Lior Raz

Lead actor and co-creator of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama series FAUDA

2017 Keynote Speaker Dr. Deborah Lipstadt

Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta.

2016 Keynote Speaker Randi Zuckerberg

Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media

2015 Keynote Speaker David Gregory

Seasoned NBC Journalist & Anchor

Upcoming Events

Wed 29

Men’s & Women Philanthropy

January 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park N
Dayton OH
Feb 04

PJ Library & Hillel Academy Snow Day!

February 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hillel Academy of Dayton
305 Sugar Camp Circle
Dayton OH
Feb 20

JFGD Board Meeting

February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Mar 03

“Tales of Teleki Square” at The Neon

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The NEON
130 E 5th St
Dayton OH

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