CBI Centennial Scholar in Residence Sarah Hurwitz - Congregation Beth Israel, Scottsdale Arizona

CBI Centennial Scholar in Residence Sarah Hurwitz

Event details

  • Wednesday | April 13, 2022
  • 7:00 pm

CBI Centennial Scholar in Residence

Sarah Hurwitz

Speechwriter and Author

April 13th, 2022 at 7 PM @ CBI

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Evening Program

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

8:30 – 9:00 PM Book Signing


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 – none of which she had learned in Hebrew school or during the two synagogue services she grudgingly attended each year. That class led to a challenging, moving – and ultimately life-transforming – journey. Hurwitz visited the offices of rabbis, attended Jewish meditation retreats, sat at the Shabbat tables of Orthodox families, and read hundreds of books about Judaism—all in dogged pursuit of answers to her biggest life questions. And she wondered: How could there be such a gap between the richness of what Judaism offers and the way so many Jews like her understand and experience it?