Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

The Executive as Playwright: Wayne Firestone

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It wouldn’t be wrong to call Wayne Firestone a professional Jew. The one-time lawyer at big-box D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter has worked...

Shattering fundraising records with Deborah Skolnick-Einhorn

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Deborah Skolnick-Einhorn was hired as head of Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital in 2020, just before the pandemic began. But...

Making the case for Hadassah with Ilene Schneider

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In 1970 when Ilene Schneider and her husband, Syd, arrived from Queens, N.Y., in Lanham for his job, she had left behind family, friends...

Putting the ‘Jewish’ in JCC with Josh Bender

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The Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington’s guiding values — Jewish peoplehood, inclusivity, treating people with respect and fostering wellness, to name a...

The politics of synagogue architecture with Bill Lebovich

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Whenever Bill Lebovich visits a new place, he scopes out its synagogues. “I stand out like a sore thumb because I’m not looking at...

Sophisticated learning with Matthew Silverman

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When he was in college, Matthew Silverman read the entire Hebrew Bible from back to front. So it’s no surprise that he found a...

Mining the mysteries of marketing with Jeff Rum

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The ways companies market their products has changed immensely since Jeff Rum started in the business more than 20 years ago. Rum, 42, chief marketing...

Magic and miracles with Dee Sanae

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Entrepreneur Dee Sanae was born in the 1970s, a time where being multicultural was looked down upon. But through the years she has used...

Thinking ahead about the past with Ivy Barsky

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Forward-thinking Jewish museums are more than repositories of the past, says Ivy Barsky, the new executive director of the 30,000-square-foot Capital Jewish Museum, which...

Leading the next generation with Adam Lehman

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Adam Lehman attended Dartmouth College in the late 1980s and his experience with the campus Hillel Jewish student center influenced him more than most....