Centennial Scholar in Residence

Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman

Wednesday, March 30th at 7 PM


𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗜 𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗗𝗠𝗔𝗡 is an award-winning journalist and author. Born in Toronto and based in Jerusalem, his work has appeared regularly in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, and elsewhere. Friedman’s last book, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel, won the 2019 Natan Prize and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War was chosen in 2016 as a New York Times Notable Book and one of Amazon’s 10 best books of the year. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize and the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal.


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Centennial Scholar Discussion will also be available on CBI YouTube Livestream


CBI Centennial Scholar in Residence

Sarah Hurwitz

Sarah Hurwitz

Speechwriter and Author

April 13th, 2022 at 7 PM @ CBI

Evening Program

7:00 – 8:30 PM Sarah Hurwitz and Rabbi Mason-Barkin Discussion

8:30 – 9:00 PM Book Signing

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After a decade as a political speechwriter for leaders like Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama and as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book…about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is.
Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jew – until, at age thirty-six, after a tough break-up, she happened upon an advertisement for a beginner’s class on Judaism. She attended on a whim, but was blown-away by what she found: beautiful rituals, helpful guidance on living an ethical life, conceptions of God beyond the judgy bearded man in the sky…Read more


and so much more to come…