Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

Touring the Constitution with Jamie Raskin

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Jamie Raskin, professor of constitutional law and a Democratic member of Congress from Maryland, is pugnacious when it comes to the executive branch. “Dealing with...

Talking Jews and elections with Steve Rabinowitz

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By Miller Friedman Remember Gary Hart? Remember Walter Mondale, Mo Udall, Michael Dukakis? Steve Rabinowitz does. He worked on their campaigns for president. And although none...

Fighting pestilence with Lewis Schrager

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Lewis Schrager could have missed it. If he wasn’t Jewish, if he didn’t enjoy photography, if his young children had distracted him as he...

Championing refugees with Sam Witten

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The plight of refugees concerns Sam Witten, as the former State Department official and Bethesda resident sees the Trump administration’s repeated lowering of the...

Talking agendas with Cheryl Kagan

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Updated Oct. 24, 2019 At the pickle bar in Silver Spring’s Parkway Deli, Maryland state Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-District 17) serves herself pickled tomatoes, dill...

5 questions for Tal & Steve Widdes

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By Noreen Friedman Tal and Steve Widdes are involved with a long list of Washington-area Jewish organizations, so much so that last summer, the Jewish...

5 questions for Rabbi Sanford Shudnow

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By Noreen Friedman Rabbi Sanford Shudnow is a retired Navy chaplain who divides his time between Silver Spring and Sydney, Australia, where his wife has...

Speaking of pride with Erica Brown

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As the American Jewish population assimilates, author readings at synagogues, camping trips, cooking classes, happy hours and dating apps targeted at Jews are often...

In Stitches with Shirley Waxman

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Shirley Waxman’s work is so recognizable at Washington-area synagogues that if a boy leaves his tallit behind, a synagogue will call the fiber artist...