Work experience

Work experience


Ruth consults on heritage issues and also advises clients on travel itineraries. On request, she joins groups or individuals as a cultural and heritage resource on tours.

Public Speaker


Ruth is a frequent lecturer and public speaker, at a variety of venues including museums, universities, Jewish centers, conferences and seminars. Venues have included, among others:

  • Museums: The Skirball (Los Angeles); The Autry National Center (Los Angeles); The Smithsonian Institution (DC); The Jewish Museum of Bologna, Italy; Anne Frank House (Amsterdam); the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; the Auschwitz Jewish Center (Poland)
  • Universities and Colleges: Harvard; Brown; Georgetown; SUNY Cortland; Ithaca College; UMass; UCLA; UC Santa Barbara; UC Santa Cruz; UC Berkeley; Brandeis; Hunter College; Trinity College
  • Jewish Centers and Organizations: American Jewish Committee; Anti-Defamation League; European Council of Jewish Communities; Ft. Worth Jewish Federation (scholar in residence); Montreal Jewish Book Fair; San Diego Jewish Book Fair; New York Jewish Book Fair; Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe, NM (scholar in residence)
  • Conferences and other venues: International Country Music Conference (Nashville); The Pop Conference (Seattle); American History Association Annual Meeting; American Studies Association Annual Meeting; Yiddish Summer Weimar seminar; Center for Urban History (L'viv); Institute for Jewish Policy Research (London); Festival of Jewish Culture (Krakow); International Book Festival (Budapest); Conference on Modern Jewish Culture (Wroclaw, Poland)


United Press International

Ruth was a foreign correspondent with UPI from 1974-1984. During this period she served in

  • Rome
  • Brussels
  • London
  • Belgrade (Bureau Manager)
  • Warsaw (Chief Correspondent) -- During her tenure in Warsaw, Ruth was arrested and jailed by Poland's Martial Law regime on trumped up espionage charges. She was expelled from the country in what became an international incident.
  • Vienna (Chief Correspondent for Eastern Europe)

Freelance writer, editor, photographer


Ruth is a freelance writer, editor, photographer and consultant. She has authored, edited, collaborated on or contributed to more than half a dozen books and writes for many publications.

  • Senior correspondent for Europe, JTA
  • Contributor: International Herald Tribune/, Tablet Magazine, Hadassah Magazine, Moment Magazine, and more
  • Regular columns at, JTA, The New Leader (1997-2010)
  • International Correspondent, National Day of the Cowboy
  • Mother-tongue English-language editing of articles, books, reports, web content (clients include Enjoy Slovakia travel agency; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; university professors; Menorah Jewish Heritage organization, Bratislava; Central Europe Center




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