Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

The work goes on with Rabbi Warren Stone

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  Rabbi Warren Stone calls climate change “the most challenging issue of our lifetime.” It’s a sentiment he’s shared on the local, national and global...

The hypnotic world of Ronnie Baras

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By Barbara Trainin Blank Ronnie Baras can’t make an elephant disappear or wriggle his way out of handcuffs. But the Kemp Mill magician-illusionist, known professionally...

In hospice, big decisions have to be made quickly

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As chaplains, Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan and the Rev. Deb Vaughn offer spiritual and emotional care to those in JSSA Hospice and their families. For them,...

Making medical music with Anthony Hyatt

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Anthony Hyatt is in the healing business. And music is the medicine he prescribes. A violin soloist, before the novel coronavirus closed hospitals to...

In solidarity with David Broder

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  His members are bravely holding down the front lines in the battle against COVID-19, but they are being shortchanged, says a local labor leader. “They...

Malka Zeefe takes on the Talmud

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Since they began quarantining, people have complained that they can no longer tell one day from another. But Malka Zeefe has committed herself to...

Devora Kimelman-Block makes her dream of grass-fed, organic, kosher meat come true

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A vegetarian for more than a decade, Devora Kimelman-Block resolved to eat meat only if it was kosher, organic and environmentally ethical. And she...

Louise Lawrence-Israëls on the dangers of being a Jew

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Louise Lawrence-Israëls finds herself fearful nowadays, while at the same time she’s determined to combat what makes her so uneasy. Anti-Semitism has played a significant...

Clarinetist Seth Kibel is planning for the arts, post-COVID-19

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A musician, Seth Kibel puts about 30,000 miles on his navy-blue Toyota RAV4 Hybrid every year. He travels up and down the mid-Atlantic, playing...

Mike Gerecht carves a niche for himself

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By Tony Glaros In a world where “on demand” is deeply woven into the cultural DNA, Mike Gerecht follows a different route where he immerses...