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Sarah Hurwitz


Sarah Hurwitz is the author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life – In Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There), a book about her experience rediscovering Judaism as an adult, which was a finalist for two National Jewish Book Awards and for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. From 2009 to 2017, Sarah served as a White House speechwriter, first as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sarah was the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton.

Sarah has been profiled in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Guardian; interviewed on The Today Show, Morning Joe, and NPR; published in the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and named by The Forward as one of 50 Jews who impacted American life in 2016 and 2019. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and was a Spring 2017 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Festival Years: 2024