In March 1996 a dream became realized when the Reform Congregation of Weston was incorporated with Rabbi Norman Lipson as founding Rabbi and Scott Pestcoe as first President. Our synagogue began its rapid and unprecedented growth from its beginning with eight families to our present size of approximately 300 households. A formal name for the Temple was chosen by the congregation through a long selection process to reflect its philosophy of inclusion, love of tradition and creativity. A phrase from the Book of Isaiah 51:8b was chosen:
“My righteousness shall be forever and My salvation throughout the generations.”
Temple Dor Dorim (throughout the generations) began a new chapter in its young life. After holding worship services at various locations throughout Weston in builders’ spec homes, Weston Hills Country Club, Weston Community Center and city parks, we rented space in the Shoppes of Indian Trace where we held worship services for Shabbat, holidays, religious school and many Temple functions. The phrase, “Temple Family” is often used by synagogues to describe its environment; at Temple Dor Dorim we incorporate that phrase with authenticity by actively developing a caring and open home for all. As a Reform congregation affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) since 1998, we have been fortunate to be able to expand our programs, educational classes, life-cycle celebration and Jewish awareness to a level commensurate with our ever increasing numbers.
Under the leadership of our past presidents; Scott Pestcoe, Lisa Bennett, Ed Sternlieb and Michelle Gold, Adam Zipper, Iris Kauffman, Hal Mindel, Adam Silverman, and with our current president, Neal Topf, our congregation has moved from its humble beginnings in the storefront into our permanent home which houses our Administrative offices, Early Childhood Center, Religious School and Youth Lounge. With the hard work and generosity of our congregants, we have completed Phase II of our building plan, which consists of our Social Hall, Atrium, Library and Rabbi’s Study. Consistent with our name, youth groups were established from the very beginning for every child, from birth through high school. Sisterhood, Brotherhood and Empty Nesters groups were also established to provide our adult members with opportunities to become involved in the Temple through organized programs and community and social services.
Within its permanent home at 2360 Glades Circle, Temple Dor Dorim looks forward to fulfilling the teachings of God and Torah with all its heart, soul and might, Throughout the Generations.