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 & Sandra St. Germain, Immediate Past Co-Presidents
Alice Holtzman
Roberta Krolick
Margit Mandel
Gloria Rozen
Sylvia Saks
Lee Wiener

2016-2017 EVENTS

Date Event Chair(s)
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 Shabbat Oneg – Old Fashion Ice Cream Social Empty Nesters Executive Board
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 20th Annual Kickoff Event – Larry Brendler Gary H. & Elaine J.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 Brunch & Seminar – Rabbi Daniel Sherman Lenore Rosa
Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 Co-Sponsor Temple Holiday Picnic Temple Auxiliaries & (need Chair)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 Philharmonic Concert & Dinner at Duffy’s (RSVP) with form below. Roberta Krolick
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 Annual Tu B’Shevat Seder Elain Jacobson (need Co-Chair)
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 (tentative) Showtime Event – TBA (need Chair)
Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 TDD’s 21st Anniversary Gala Temple
Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017 (tentative) Comedy Club – March/April Event TBA Co-Sponsor w/ PTO (need Chair)
Friday, Apr. 21, 2017 Annual Empty Nester Shabbat Dinner & Service Alice H. & (need Co-Chair)
Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017 Temple Dor Dorim Mitzvah Day Gary Holtzman
Thursday, May 11, 2017 20th Annual Closing Dinner Lee Wiener & Sylvia Saks


May 2017 Update

Each year, beginning in 1963, May has been the month designated by the Administration on Aging (AOA), as Older Americans Month, to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to our communities. Each year this Federal department issues a theme for the month, which this year is “Age Out Loud!”  As Empty Nesters, the 2017 theme gives us an opportunity to shine a light on our many important issues and trends, as we “strive for wellness, focus on independence, and advocate for ourselves and others.” We expect to continue to live our lives to the fullest, and insist on changes that make all this possible by “Aging Out Loud,” Amen.

To begin the month, on Monday, May 1, we observe “Yom HaZikaron,” Israel’s National Memorial Day. This day is Israel’s designated Remembrance Day to commemorate both the recent and past fallen victims of conflicts and terror in Israel. This day concludes between 7 and 8:00 pm, at which time the celebrations begin for “Yom Ha’atzmaut,” Israel’s Independence Day. The timing of Independence Day, immediately following Memorial Day, is meant to remind Israelis of the price which the country and its people have paid for the right to exist. This date actually corresponds to the original signing of the Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948 and celebrates the establishment of the Jewish State.

Then, on the first two Thursdays, May 4 and May 11, at 10:15 am, we will enjoy Rabbi Lipson’s final two sessions on “Jewish Superstitions.” These, “everything you wanted to know” interactive and fun sessions, sponsored by the Empty Nesters, include lunch prepared by Palm Caterers, for $20 for both, or $15 each. RSVP to Faye Kotler (fkotler@templedordorim.org) or me (algari@bellsouth.net. Be prepared for an interesting and fun time.

Sadly, our Empty Nesters activity year ends with, our Closing Dinner,” on Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 PM. This year the dinner, chaired by Sylvia Saks and Lee Wiener, returns to Tarantella Restaurant will feature: home-made bread, antipasto, salad, a selection from four entrees, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. John Can, our host at Tarantella’s, has always been gracious in making this dinner an exceptional dining experience. The price, at this members only dinner, will be $35 per person. As always, singles are invited to bring a guest.

Of course, we cannot forget Mother’s Day,” on Sunday, May 14, an occasion we look to celebrate with our families. It is a day to honor all mothers by expressing our gratitude for the sacrifices, along with the joys, they experienced in bringing up their children. Although many of our Mothers are no longer with us, their impact on our lives and memories will be with each of us forever.

Currently, we are in the midst of the seven-week cycle, Sefirat HaOmer (the Counting of the Omer), which is a semi-mourning period to commemorate the tragedies experienced by the Jewish people during this time. Lag B’Omer” is on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which this year is Sunday May 14.    Only on this day are the mourning restrictions lifted and we are able to have weddings and other festivities. The counting begins on the second day of Passover and culminates in the holiday of Shavuot” at sun down Wednesday, May 31.   Shavuot falls one day after the 49 days of crossing the desert and celebrates the revelation at Mt. Sinai, the giving of the Torah to the Children of Israel.  On Shavuot, each year, we renew our acceptance of God’s gift of the Torah, which included the Ten Commandments.

“Memorial Day,” on the last Monday, May 29, is an American federal holiday that memorializes all men and women who have died while serving in the United States military protecting our country. For many, Memorial Day, also, signifies the beginning of summer, just as Labor Day, in September, signifies its end.                                                                

Finally, although I am writing this article prior to the Empty Nesters Shabbat Dinner and Service in April, I know it will be a beautiful and memorable event for Alice and me. We are so very appreciative of the honor to be this year’s recipients of the “Norman S. Lipson Generations Award.” We thank Rabbis Lipson and Sherman, Hal Mindel and TDD’s Executive Committee, for our selection as recipients. Also, we thank Elaine Jacobson and Lenore Rosa for Chairing the Shabbat Dinner, as well as, their personal support over these many years.

As always, we are looking for fresh and interesting event ideas, along with volunteers to assist with the planning and implementation of our activities next year. Please contact me to become involved.

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.

Please forward your completed reservation and payment to:Temple Dor Dorim – Empty Nesters, 2360 Glades Circle, Weston, FL 33327