Former Obama Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz at JFN on Rich Jewish Content

Sarah Hurwitz:"Trying to learn about Judaism has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. It makes working in the White House seem incredibly easy."

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Sarah Hurwitz was a White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, starting out as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then serving as chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Sarah worked with Mrs. Obama to craft widely-acclaimed addresses – including her 2016 Democratic National Convention speech and her political speeches during the 2016 campaign cycle.

While at the White House, Sarah Hurwitz connected with Judaism, exploring the wisdom of Jewish law, the power of Jewish spirituality, and the lessons of Jewish history. She is currently writing a book on Judaism and her Jewish journey.

She spoke at Beyond the D'var Torah: How to Unleash the Potential of Rich Jewish Content, an event hosted by Jewish Funders Network and sponsored by the Aviv Foundation and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

Learn more: In preparation for "Beyond the D'var Torah", we invited rabbis, educators, and other experts to weigh in on rich Jewish content and why it matters. Read their responses here >>