Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

Juvenile justice reform with Melissa Goemann

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For Melissa Goemann, juvenile justice reform is about making the justice system work for — not against — kids. A lawyer from Silver Spring, Goemann...

Fighting climate change with Joelle Novey

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Ask Silver Springer Joelle Novey about her work and she smiles: “I like to say I talk to people sitting in circles of folding...

Talking about heroism with Sheldon Goldberg

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In 2018, Christopher Celiz was serving in Afghanistan as a leader of a special operations unit that included members of the 1st Battalion, 75th...

Keeping an eye out with Chris Zeilinger

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A  suspicious-looking person. An unfamiliar vehicle. A conspicuous package. Whatever the unusual occurrence, volunteers at Congregation Tifereth Israel in the District keep an eye...

Celebrating Chanukah with Ilana Rothberg

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Ilana Rothberg, 41, is a leader at both Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria and Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, serving on the boards...

Reforming criminal justice with Bruce Turnbull

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Bruce Turnbull is a voice for Jewish values rooted in social justice. He retired from four decades of practicing law and now applies his...

6 questions for Lori Gardner

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Dining out is food blogger Lori Gardner’s obsession. At Been There Eaten That (beenthereeatenthat.net), she shares stories and opinions, and sheds light on the...

Nadine Epstein on RBG and Moment magazine

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Author, journalist and CEO of Moment magazine Nadine Epstein has created a Jewish community in her work and relationships. Epstein’s friendship with the late...

The artistic director as rabbi: Jason Loewith

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There was a time as a teenager when Jason Loewith aspired to become a rabbi. These days, as artistic director of Olney Theatre Center...

Facilitating important conversations with Sabrina Sojourner

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Sabrina Sojourner wears many hats. She is an advocate, a word artist, a “facilitator of important conversations,” as she puts it, a hazzan, a...