The Pearl Society

You’re a pearl.

You’re a woman who loves and appreciates your Jewish community and wants to help it thrive. You know you’re part of something bigger than yourself.

With a gift of $365—or a dollar a day—to Federation’s Community Campaign, you’ll automatically become a member of this group of inspiring women who, just like you, want to make a difference. And you’ll be invited to the Women of Intention Awards and have the option of buying our signature Minneapolis Pearl Society necklace, designed by Sara Goldfine Baratz of Goldfine Jewelry.

Women of Intention

Women of Intention: May 26, 2022 | 7:00 PM

You’re a woman who loves and appreciates your Jewish community. You realize you can help it thrive. You want all Jewish children to know what it’s like to celebrate havdallah hand-in-hand with their best friend at summer camp, or to proudly tell their classmates at Christmastime, “I celebrate Chanukah”—without fear.

You’re a part of something bigger than yourself.

You’re a pearl. With your new or existing family gift of $365 or more to the 2021 Community Campaign, you’re a member of a group of inspiring women who make a difference for Jews in our community and around the world.

Not a pearl? Not a problem! Everyone’s invited!


Featuring Sarah Hurwitz, our 2022 Woman of Intention.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chief Speechwriter (2010-2017) & Author of Here All Along

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 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, People.com, 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.

Sarah is also the author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life — in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) which was a finalist for two National Jewish Book Awards and for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Michelle Obama tweeted about Sarah’s book saying, “Sarah Hurwitz is a brilliant writer with a big heart and a kind soul — and I’m sure Here All Along will reflect her thoughtfulness and eloquence, which I depended on for so many years. I’m so proud of you, Sarah, for sharing your journey and your voice with the world!”

Sarah offers audiences a behind-the-scenes look at life in the White House working for one of the most inspiring and influential women in the world. She also shares her advice on effective storytelling, providing concrete tips for how to create a moving, persuasive narrative that breaks through the noise and has a lasting impact.

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