Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

Speaking against solitary confinement with Rabbi Charles Feinberg

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Eight years ago, when Rabbi Charles Feinberg stepped down from the bimah at Adas Israel Congregation, a group of activists came to him and...

Jules Polonetsky and the trolley problem

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Striking a balance between the need for data and consumers’ privacy is critical to the success of any business, research organization, start-up or industry. That’s...

Slowing down with Rochelle Sobel

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Each year, more than 1.35 million people are killed and more than 50 million are injured on the world’s roads. Potomac resident Rochelle Sobel’s...
Pati Jinich

Seated at the Mexican Table with Pati Jinich

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Pati Jinich has been many things: a chef, a political analyst, a mom, an expat. Throughout it all, her cultural heritage and love for...

Paul S. Berger: Keeping his father’s request

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In the early 1970s, Paul S. Berger shared a good friendship with the Israeli ambassador, Yitzhak Rabin. They played tennis together — an encased...

Irwin Slonin and the blessings of teaching

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Be it a simple blessing over food or the trope melody of a Torah portion, Irwin Slonin enjoys teaching Jewish children of all ages. Slonin,...

Making latkes in Turkey with Aimee Teplinsky

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Aimee Teplinsky makes her home in Chevy Chase, Md., with Bugsy, a rescue chihuahua mix she adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Punctuating her tasteful...

The singular focus of Earl Dotter

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Sixty years ago, at age 19, Earl Dotter moved to California with the goal of becoming a state resident for the then-free college tuition....

Speaking of sports with George Solomon

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From the beginning, the chemistry between sports journalists Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon was terrific. George Solomon ought to know. As head of The Washington...

Playing table tennis in 15 languages with Stuart Goldberg

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As a trained linguist, Stuart Goldberg dabbles in 15 languages, Hebrew and Russian among them. As a table tennis enthusiast, he’s bested players in...