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


June 2017 Update

As we enter June, the Temple’s fiscal year-end and the end of our Empty Nesters 20th year, we can certainly be proud of our accomplishments. Yes, we once again exceeded the century mark in membership for the second consecutive year and have exceeded 90 members for five straight years. We enjoyed our Kickoff Social and Closing Dinner, reveled at our Themed Shabbat Oneg to begin the year, celebrated at the Tu BiShevat Seder and Empty Nesters Shabbat Dinner and Service, learned at the Brunch and Seminar featuring Rabbi Sherman, as well as at the 3 sessions of Jewish Superstitions with Rabbi Lipson, which included lunch, and joyously attended Show-times with the Weston Philharmonic at Cypress Bay and Melissa Manchester in Sunrise Lakes. We also Co-sponsored the Family Fun Day BBQ, collected for Forgotten Soldiers on Mitzvah Day, and filled several tables at our Anniversary Gala. All-in-all, we held nine Nesters events and co-sponsored and/or worked closely with TDD on three others, not to mention, our extraordinary support of Shabbat services and Adult Education throughout the year. Finally, although not a fund-raising auxiliary, we will have provided the Temple with more than $3000 in contributions towards Temple operations. We are a productive and proud organization. Thank you, Empty Nesters!


Apropos to year-end, I thank our officers, Elaine Jacobson, Lenore Rosa, Art Tenenbaum and Andi Gero, along with our Executive Committee/Event Chairs, Alice Holtzman, Roberta Krolick, Margit Mandel, Gloria Rozen, Sylvia Saks and Lee Wiener, as without their enthusiastic efforts and personal contributions, success could not have been realized. Also, on behalf of our Board, I must thank our wonderful members, who supported each of our activities with time and money. Finally, I would like to thank Rabbis Daniel Sherman and Norman Lipson for their guidance and encouragement throughout the year, whenever needed.


The year officially ends on June 30, however, please plan to attend the TDD Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 15, at 7:30 pm. Learn about “the year that was and the one that will be,” as you will get the “emmes” from our Temple Leadership in reports and short and long term projections. Speaking of projections, our Empty Nesters 2017/18 plans have been submitted and approved. Below are listed this coming year’s scheduled ten events to go along with the three Temple events. Several are tentative and will be finalized as we approach the dates:


Special Oneg Shabbat (open for theme) Friday09/08/17

Kickoff Social – Musical Salute to Jewish Singers/Songwriters Sunday –  10/29/17

Klezmer Band Event – (tentative) Sunday –  11/18/17

Chanukah Brunch Thursday12/14/17

TDD Family Fun Day Monday12/25/17

Open Event – TBA (tentative date) Saturday01/20/18

Tu BiShevat Seder Friday01/26/18

Philharmonic Concert & Dinner (tentative date) Saturday02/17/18

TDD Gala – 22nd Anniversary Saturday03/10/18

Open Event – TBA (tentative date) Saturday03/17/18

Empty Nesters Shabbat Dinner & Service Friday04/13/18

TDD Mitzvah Day Sunday04/22/18

Closing Dinner Thursday05/03/18


This ambitious calendar will require Executive Committee volunteers to bring these events to fruition. You have an idea? We have an open event date! For our Auxiliary, volunteering is the essential ingredient to a successful year; for the individual, nothing can give one more sense of satisfaction than planning an event and kvelling at the result. So, don’t be shy, join Gary, Elaine, Lenore, Art, Andi, Alice, Roberta, Margit and Gloria on this year’s Executive Committee. As I quoted in my recent Shabbat remarks, “Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being, and live longer.” True or not, it couldn’t hurt.


To enjoy the coming year, it is time to pay your dues for both the Temple and the Empty Nesters. Our Nesters membership goal for the New Year is to maintain the 100 plus level. This is certainly achievable considering obtaining renewals of our current membership, along with everyone’s help in encouraging friends and neighbors to join. Empty Nesters membership is a win-win situation, as we state in our mission: we nurture friendships, enhance a more meaningful Jewish experience and support our Temple. Our membership continues at $25 per person and, as always, is used to support the Temple Operating Budget. Please complete and process the application on page 27.


Alice joins me in wishing everyone a joyful and safe summer, filled with enjoyable travel and stimulating activities. We look forward to seeing you back for a new year of Temple and Empty Nesters excitement.


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