Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

Arnie Hoffman in his workshop

Turning on the heat with Arnie Hoffman

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  Arnie Hoffman made a career for himself as a master electrician. While he retired in 2014, his days in the workshop aren’t behind him....

Advocating for gun safety with Jennifer Stein

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Jennifer Rand Stein can lay claim to many titles. She is a former attorney, mother of two college students, blogger, freelance legal researcher, small...

Getting involved in Northern Virginia with Alexis Cohen

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By Ellen Braunstein Corrected Feb. 11 12:45 p.m. Alexis Cohen is a women’s philanthropy leader who knows the importance of building a  cohesive community in Northern...
Howard Mortman

Blessing Congress with Howard Mortman

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More than 400 rabbis have led opening prayers in Congress, and Howard Mortman can tell you about them all. In the dead of night...
Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan

Thinking eclectic thoughts with Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan

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Two years ago, BB&T Bank and SunTrust Bank merged into a single entity: Truist Bank. Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan took note of the change. Why?...

Talking to animals with John Netzel

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Outside Winchester lies a 13-acre property along Peacefield Lane that more than 60 animals call home. Those passing by might catch a glimpse of...

Making musical connections with Vladimir Fridman

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Aside from a three-year stint as a civil engineer in Moscow, Vladimir Fridman crows that he’s never worked a day in his life. “After three...

Fostering peace in the Middle East with Avi Meyerstein

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Within the more than 5,000 pages of the budget bill were a few pages establishing an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace, with a budget...

Preserving Russian-Jewish identity with Ella Kagan

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At the time, the presence of the photocopier was peculiar. Ella Kagan was at the Vienna airport after leaving the Soviet Union for good,...

Keeping faith with Maryrita Wieners

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By Tony Glaros Growing up in the Philadelphia of the 1960s, where it wasn’t uncommon to find as many as five Catholic churches within a...