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Keynote Speaker
Sarah Hurwitz
Author | Speechwriter | Speaker

Founding Chairs Judith Roscow and Patricia L. Siger

Barbara Rosenberger, JWF Chair, interviews keynote speaker, Sarah Hurwitz

JWF Co-Chairs Laurie Gottlieb and Barbara Rosenberger with keynote speaker Sarah Hurwitz

20th Event Committee

JWF Founding Trustees Pat Siger and Judy Roscow

JWF Grantees
Representing Yeshiva Girls School; Jewish Fertility Foundation; Open Field: Sacred Spaces;
Hillel Jewish University Center; Ruth's Way; Classrooms Without Borders; Community Day School;
Crossroads Foundation; Jewish Community Center; When She Thrives; Women's Center & Shelter;
Jewish Family & Community Services; SHIM; Planned Parenthood

Thank you to our Individual Sponsors (as of 5/3/23)
Joan Ellenbogen and George Handelsman
Sheila R. Fine
Laurie Gottlieb
Joan and Rodger Gurrentz
Anne Witchner Levin
Lori and Louis Plung
Sally Rock
Barbara and Bryan Rosenberger
Fern G. Schwartz
Anna Lisa Silberman
Allison Berger
Barbara S. Burstin Ph.D.
Lauren Goldblum
Marsha D. Marcus, Ph.D.
Sharon Perelman
Barbara Shapira
Hilary Tyson
Jan A. Engelberg
Ilene and Jay Fingeret
Jennifer Finkelstein
Paula L. Garret
Barb Ginsburg, M.Ed.
Peggy and Louis Gold
Lori Guttman
Susan Foreman Jordan
Barbara Krause and Larry King
Lynette R. Lederman
Barbara Parker and Les Parker
Sandy and Larry Rosen
Dr. Sharon Roseman and Dr. Paul Palevsky
Linda Rosenbloom
Linda and Ken Simon
Laurie S. Singer
Susan and Peter Smerd
Laurie R. Weingart
Carolyn Hess Abraham
Ellie Bahm
Patti Berman
Roberta L. Brody
Judy Greenwald Cohen
Kathy Weiner DiBiase
Laura and Elliot Dinkin
Brigie and Dick Greenwald
Abby A. Grinberg
Carol Sikov Gross
Jack and Ellen Kessler
In Memory of Elaine Belle Krasik
Anne V. Lewis
Laurie Moser
Cathy Reifer
Carol Robinson
Judith Roscow
Veronica Schmerling
Cynthia Shapira, Ed.D.
Patricia L. Siger
Gerri Sperling
Marilyn R. Swedarsky


Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors (as of 6/8/23)
Pittsburgh Valet


For information regarding Corporate Sponsorships, contact Judy Cohen.

Sarah Hurwitz

Author | Speechwriter | Speaker

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 from 2010 to 2017. Sarah worked with Mrs. Obama to craft widely-acclaimed addresses — including her 2008, 2012, and 2016 Democratic National Convention speeches – and traveled with the First Lady across America and to five continents. Sarah also worked on policy issues affecting young women and girls as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Before working at the White House, Sarah was chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential primary campaign. She then joined the Obama campaign, serving as a senior speechwriter for then-Senator Obama. Prior to the Clinton and Obama campaigns, Sarah served as deputy chief speechwriter for Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, deputy chief speechwriter for General Wesley Clark’s primary campaign, and a speechwriter for Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa.  Sarah was also a lawyer at the Washington, DC office of WilmerHale and is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Sarah has been profiled in The Washington Post,, The Boston Globe, and The Guardian; interviewed on The Today Show, Morning Joe, Amanpour & Co., and NPR; and featured in The Forward as one of 50 Jews who impacted American life in 2016 and 2019.


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3E Now
10/27 Police Fund
Allegheny County Girls As Grantmakers
Alina's Light
Allegheny Health Network
Angel's Place
Bethlehem Haven
Carnegie Mellon/PROGRESS
Center of Life
Chabad B'nai Emunah
Classrooms Without Borders
Community Day School
Crisis Center North
Crossroads Foundation
East End Cooperative Ministry
Edward & Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center
Eretz Acheret - Israel
Girls, Math & Science Partnership
Girls Math & Science Partnership/Community Day
Girls Write Pittsburgh
Global Minds Initiative
G.O Girls
Gwen's Girls
Hill Dance Academy Theatre
Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh
Holocaust Center
Homeless Children's Education Fund
Jewish Federation - Israel Emergency Fund/Victims of Terror Fund
Jewish Association on Aging
Jewish Community Center
Jewish Education Institute
Jewish Family & Community  Service
Jewish Fertility Foundation
Jewish Women International and Hillel Jewish University Center
Jewish Healthcare Foundation


Jewish Women's Collaborative International Fund
Jews for a Secular Democracy
Jfunds (with Hebrew Free Loan as fiscal agent)
Magee Womancare International
Magee Womens Hospital
Magee Womens Hospital Foundation
National Council of Jewish Women - Center for Women/MomsWork
Neighborhood Academy
New Voices Pittsburgh
Open Field
Organization for Resolution of Agunot
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
Pittsburgh Center for Women and Politics
Pittsburgh Mediation Center
Pittsburgh Promise
Planned Parenthood
Ruling Our Experiences (ROX)
Ruth's Way
Sacred Spaces
Sarah Heinz House
South Hills Interfaith Movement
Squirrel Hill Health Center
Strong Women Strong Girls
Supportive Community - Israel
Three Rivers Rowing
Tzohar Arts
UCP/Strong Women Strong Girls
United Way - United for Women
When She Thrives
Women's Center & Shelter
Women's Health Center - Israel
Women's Law Project
Yeshiva Girls School


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