Empty Nesters


Our mission is to provide an environment for social, cultural and religious activities geared to interact, exchange and share experiences, as well as, nurture friendships, common to the maturity of the group’s members and enhance a more meaningful Jewish experience.

The “Empty Nesters” is a mature group of individuals and couples, who are Temple members and at least age fifty-five. Annually, we sponsor the Temple’s Tu B’Shevat Seder, conduct an Empty Nesters’ Shabbat Service and schedule up to three additional club social functions. Additionally, we support Temple and community cultural and fundraising activities.

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Gary Holtzman, President
Elaine Jacobson, Vice President
Arthur Tenenbaum, Treasurer
Lenore Rosa, Secretary
Andi Gero, Immediate Past President
Elliot Gross
Alice Holtzman
Roberta Krolick
Margit Mandel
Gloria Rozen
Sylvia Saks

2017-2018 EVENTS

Date Event Chair(s)
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 Shabbat Oneg – Old Fashion Ice Cream Social Margit & Elaine
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 Annual Kickoff Social – Larry Brendler: “A Musical Tribute to Great American Jewish Singer/Songwriters” Gary H. & Elaine, Lenore, Alice
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 Klezmer Band Event Elaine & Margit
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 Chanukah Brunch & Seminar/Movie – Rabbi Daniel Sherman Lenore, Gary, Elaine
Sunday, Dec. 25, 2017 Co-Sponsor Temple Holiday Picnic Temple Auxiliaries & Gary
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 Showtime Event – “Capitol Steps” Gary
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 Temple Dor Dorim Mitzvah Day  Temple & Gary
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 Annual Tu B’Shevat Seder Elaine, Alice, Gloria
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 Philharmonic Concert and Dinner Roberta & Margit
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018  TDD’s 22st Anniversary Gala Temple & Gary
Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 History of the Wandering Jew Dinner Sylvia
Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 Annual Empty Nester Shabbat Dinner & Service Alice, Lenore, Gloria
Thursday, May 3, 2018 21th Annual Closing Dinner Elliot


Mid-August 2017 Update

Hi Nesters and Friends
As the summer passes its’ midpoint, Temple and Empty Nesters plans are being put in place for an exciting year of religious, social, cultural and educational activities. During the summer, our Friday Shabbat services have been beautiful, casual, interactive evenings in the Atrium and they will continue through Friday, August 18, at 6:00 pm.
Then on Friday, August 25, we begin our “Welcome Back Weekend,” with a Pot Luck dinner at 6:00 pmsponsored by Sisterhood and Brotherhood, who will be providing the entrée and beverage. You are asked to sign-up online to RSVP with the side dish you will bring. The Shabbat service will begin at 7:00 pm. The weekend is culminated with our Welcome Back Brunch and Family Activities, beginning at 11:00 am. For this complimentary Brunch, we will also require RSVPs on the same web page. The Empty Nesters will, once again, have a booth to welcome new and old Nesters, to sign-up for membership, which is still $25 per person, and obtain a copy of our currently planned events for the year. Additionally, we will have a fun contest “How many pennies in the jar?” We invite our members to hang out, schmooze with us and each other and to take a guess as to how many pennies are in the jar. The one closest will get to keep the jar and the pennies, as well as, a $10 Gift certificate donated by the Judaic Shop. Sometime between 11:30 and noon, we plan to take our first Empty Nesters Photo Op at the table. Please contact me if you have any questions relative to this exciting weekend.
Speaking of Shabbat Services, please join us on Friday, September 8, at 7:30as the Empty Nesters will sponsor, for the congregation, an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor Shabbat Oneg, with Ice Cream Sundaes, Egg Creams and old fashioned candy and sweets, along with the standard cookies, fruit and coffee. This delicious and fun Oneg will follow the Shabbat Service, Kiddush and Motzie. We thank Margit Mandel and Elaine Jacobson for chairing the event.
Plan now to attend the Empty Nesters official Kickoff Social, “A Musical Tribute to Great American Jewish Singer/Songwriters,” on Sunday, October 29, at 6:00 pm. As always, the evening will commence with wine and hors d’oeuvres (with a little coaxing, I am sure Margit Mandel will make us her world famous chopped liver). This will be followed by a delicious dinnerprovided by Palm Caterers and Chef Terry, who has unretired and is returning for another year of preparing our wonderful dinners. Throughout the evening, we will be entertained by a favorite TDD guest musician and song stylist, Larry “Pianoman” Brendler. For our listening and dancing pleasure, as well as, for his after dinner high energy musical show. The price for this Dinner Dance and Show is only $40 per person, with the proceeds utilized to offset the costs of our sponsored events during the year. This is a members only event, so be sure to pay your $25 p/p dues along with your dinner $40 p/p check. As always, single members are invited to bring a guest.
I know we have all just received our High Holiday packages in the mail and it is essential to read and respond to them as required. In particular, I would like to emphasize the sign-up sheet for Enhanced Dues and its importance to our Synagogue. A portion of the funds generated by this program are necessary to support our special Financial Assistance program for families and individuals who are financially strapped and cannot pay the entire bill for membership and/or Religious School for their children. Speaking as the chair of this committee, I can confirm that as a result of your generosity, many families and their children have been able to remain active, participating members of our Synagogue. Therefore, I encourage all Nesters, who can afford to be enhanced members, to respond accordingly. As a group, the Empty Nesters have always led the way in enhanced giving and I would expect this same support as we go forward.
Of special note, we have finalized our January Showtime event on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 8:00 pmAn all new “Capitol Steps” is coming to the Century Village Theater in Pembroke Pines. I would expect this show to sell out and am making arrangements to initially purchase 40 tickets when they go on sale in September. I will reserve them on a first come (with payment) first serve. The ticket price is $11 and we are charging $12, with $1 going to the new Alice & Gary HoltzmanEmpty Nesters’ Discretionary Fund, in support of senior programming and activities. We are checking for local dinner opportunities in the area and will report on that in the future.
As your BOT representative, I am the person available to you for questions, complaints and/or suggestions relative to all Temple matters. Please feel free to call me at 954-389-8528 or e-mail algari@bellsouth.net.
Looking forward to seeing you at Shul.
Gary Holtzman


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Membership requires Temple Dor Dorim membership and an age minimum of fifty-five. In the case of a couple, at least one must be fifty-five. Annual Dues are $25.00 per person.

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Temple Dor Dorim – Empty Nesters, 2360 Glades Circle, Weston, FL 33327