JCC Chicago Virtual Book Discussion: Author Sarah Hurwitz’s “Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life—in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There)”
Join Moderator Aaron Masliansky the Producer and Host of the podcast, “Inside the Skev,” which is an exploration of the stories and life of the people and places of Skokie and Evanston, Illinois, a community rich in history, culture, and diversity.
Aaron will be joined by Sarah Hurwitz. From 2009 to 2017, Sarah worked in the White House, serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama and as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama. Prior to working in the Obama administration Hurwitz was the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 campaign for president and speechwriter for Senator John Kerry and General Wesley Clark during the 2004 presidential election. Hurwitz is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. 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 learned.
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?
Hurwitz is on a mission to close this gap by sharing the profound insights she discovered in studying Jewish law, history, spirituality, and ethics in HERE ALL ALONG: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life — In Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There). In this entertaining and accessible book, she shows us why Judaism matters and how its message is more relevant than ever.
You can purchase the book on Amazon or your local independent book store.
Thursday, June 4
12 noon EDT | 11am CDT | 9am PDT
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