Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

Finding Jewish roots with Carolivia Herron

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Ask Carolivia Herron her family history and the stories she shares are epic. Some go back four or more generations and feature narrow escapes,...

Stepping outside the big tent with Rabbi Sid Schwarz

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By Lori Silberman Brauner “I think about synagogues as containers that use Judaism as a toolkit to advance human flourishing,” says Rabbi Sid Schwarz. “I don’t...

5 questions for Rabbi Shira Stutman

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Next week, Rabbi Shira Stutman, 48, leaves Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, after 11 years. Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Stutman...

Imagining history with Chuck Harris

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Chuck Harris never got to meet his Uncle Charley. His father’s younger brother was said to be a musical prodigy before tuberculosis cut his...

Drawing funny with Donna Lewis

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Donna Lewis says that deadlines save her life. Repeated, unbending deadlines. The equivalent of two deadlines a day, every day. That’s her commitment for...

The thrill of the hunt with Sue Cohen

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The inside of Sue Cohen’s Rockville home is like a Barnes & Noble, only smaller and without the Starbucks. Bookcases line the walls of...

Searching for a home for the soul with Jill Daniels Myers

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Jill Daniels Myers has been reconciling numbers and balance sheets since she was a teen. Even before her career as a public accountant, she was...
Meredith Weisel

ADL’s Meredith Weisel on rising antisemitism

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As one day of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza led into another, antisemitic incidents surged, both in the United States and Europe....

Building community in Northern Virginia with Jenn Rafael

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When the pandemic hit and Jenn Rafael couldn’t gather with her friends in person, she improvised. The Fairfax Station resident met with people at...

Giving credit to the teachers with Steve Mazer

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Steve Mazer has two lifelong passions: opera singing and glassblowing. He has performed in operas at The Kennedy Center in Washington, as a chorus...