Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

David Schoenbaum

Violins and Nazis with David Schoenbaum

Nazi Germany, U.S.-Israel relations and violins. Three topics with at least two things in common. All involve Jews. And all have been the subject...
AJC Global Forum being held in Washington, DC, June 3, 2019.

Surveying the Arabian Peninsula with Jason Isaacson

By Kayla Steinberg Special to WJW Jason Isaacson has traveled to every state on the Arabian Peninsula, working to build relationships with high-level officials, journalists, think...
Rachel Ornstein-Packer

Expecting Sukkot guests with Rachel Ornstein-Packer

In survey after survey, American Jews name Chanukah and Passover as their favorite holidays. Not Rachel Ornstein-Packer. Sukkot has always been at the top...

The art of the sale with WTOP’s Jeffrey Wolinsky

By Tony Glaros Not long ago, when his mom was decluttering the house in Laurel, she dug out an essay Jeffrey Wolinsky had penned in...
Rabbi Irving Elson

Cool under fire with Rabbi Irving Elson

The High Holidays can be a stressful time, but even more so when under mortar fire. That’s an experience Rabbi Irving Elson knows all...

Staying busy with Susan and Brad Stillman

By Ellyn Wexler Susan and Brad Stillman model the behavior they learned from their parents. “Everything we say goes into our children’s hard drive….And one day,...

Cooking in quarantine with Susan Barocas

Cooking in the White House for President Barack Obama was never on Susan Barocas’ bucket list. And yet Barocas, 68, eventually served as a guest...

Sizing up Jewish writers with Faye Moskowitz

“In a universe disturbed by so much over which we have no control, an untimely tragedy rattles the teeth of our already shaken confidence.”...
Matthew Mutterperl

The volunteering life with Matthew Mutterperl

The first time Matthew Mutterperl was invited to join his synagogue’s brotherhood, he said no. He also said no the second time. Then came...

Analyzing the inevitable in the Mideast with Michael Koplow

Many American Jews believe they will face a dilemma in November: Trump in the White House or “woke” progressives on Israel’s case. Not to worry,...