People

Get to know people from the DMV Jewish community through profiles, and sections You Should Know, and Last Word.

Distilling in small batches with Alex Laufer

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After a 17-year career in biotechnology, spending his days in labs working on automated DNA sequencing, Silver Spring resident Alex Laufer was ready for...

Making a minyan in a war zone with Joe Goldstein

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In a time when Naval aviator Lt. Joe Goldstein and his fellow service members were in constant danger and wracked with survivor’s guilt, the...

You Should Know… Ethan Litvin

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Thirty-year-old Ethan Litvin lived in eight states while growing up. He’s the volunteer and intern coordinator at the nonprofit SEEC in Silver Spring, which...

The anthropological and archival art of curating with Karen Falk

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Karen Falk is conducting interviews, collecting photographs and finding ephemera, or written and printed items like letters and newspaper clippings that were originally meant...

Looking for action with Laura Wallace

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Turning her passion into her profession, Laura Wallace spends her days advocating for social, economic and racial reform in Maryland, as Jews United for...

You Should Know… Rebecca Elspas

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Twenty-four-year-old Rebecca Elspas has been active in the Jewish community for a while. She was a member of Mezumenet, the all-female Jewish a cappella...

Bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls to life with Maxine Grossman

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Standing on the hilltop at an archeological dig, Maxine Grossman removed her shoes. Using her socks, she brushed sand and dirt away from a...

You Should Know… Raeefa Shams

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At age 27, Raeefa Shams made her passion for the State of Israel and cultural affinity toward Judaism official with her conversion to the...

You Should Know… Robbie Shorr

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Robbie Shorr, 25, keeps coming full circle. A Potomac native, he moved back to the area after graduating from the Washington University in St....

Rabbi Sarah Tasman on creativity without productivity

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For 5782, Rabbi Sarah Tasman’s New Year’s resolution is to paint more. A couple of weeks ago, the Washington-based rabbi got an easel from...