Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Diplomacy and philanthropy with Ambassador Stuart Bernstein

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By Ben Kahn Imagine you are on a trans-Atlantic flight when the pilot comes to your seat and says, “I’m sorry to tell you this,...

Telling the tale of the bat mitzvah dress (It’s complicated) with Sarah Leavitt

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As a curator and cultural historian, Sarah Leavitt’s job is to tell stories that reflect on the history, culture and provenance of objects and...

Multitasking with Lois Fingerhut

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Corrected at 1:50 p.m. Sept. 1, 2021 to correct the names of Lois Fingerhut's children. Lois Fingerhut volunteers for her synagogue — Adas Israel Congregation...

Stop and cultivate the roses with Carla Perlo

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Carla Perlo has spent a lifetime in dance studios, theaters, classrooms and board rooms. For decades she has been a driving force for keeping...

Telling the traffic story with Reada Kessler

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By Tony Glaros When Reada Kessler turns on her microphone middays, her soothing, sultry voice fills the WTOP radio airwaves over three frequencies, creating an...