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Hurwitz to share her new relationship with Judaism at book talk at Gates on March 24

Sarah Hurwitz

SCHENECTADY–Sarah Hurwitz, author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life and in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) will lecture on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at Temple Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady. The program is part of the congregation’s Adult Ed Talks “Read the Book—Meet the Author Series.” Rabbi Matt Cutler and Arnie Rotenberg, director of congregational Jewish living, will facilitate the program, which is free and open to the public.

After a decade as a political speechwriter – serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign —Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book about Judaism. Hurwitz reports that she was the quintessential lapsed Jew— until, at age 36 after a tough breakup, she happened upon an advertisement for an introductory class on Judaism. She attended on a whim, but has said that she 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 year-long journey during which 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 pursuit of answers to her biggest questions. What she found transformed her life, 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 what she discovered on everything from Jewish holidays, ethics, and prayer to Jewish conceptions of God, death, and social justice.

No reservations are needed and refreshments will be served.

The Open Door Bookstore, located in Schenectady, will offer a 20% discount on the book through March 10.

Rotenberg at arotenberg@cgoh.org or 518-374-8173 can provide details. Information about the author is available at www.SarahHurwitz.net or on her twitter feed @HereAllAlong.

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