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 of Programming | Elliot Gross, Vice President of Administration
Arthur Tenenbaum, Treasurer | Lenore Rosa, Secretary
Andi Gero, Immediate Past President
Alice Holtzman | Roberta Krolick | Margit Mandel | Sylvia Saks | Ron Trust

2018-2019 EVENTS

Date Event Chair(s)
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 Shabbat Oneg – Old Fashion Ice Cream Social Margit
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 Annual Kickoff Social – Wandering Jew Dinner Sylvia
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 2nd Annual I Love N.Y. Concert & Dinner Elliott
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 Chanukah Brunch & Speaker Lenore
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 Co-Sponsored Temple Family Fun Day in the Park Temple Auxiliaries & Gary
Friday, Jan. 19, 2019 Annual Tu B’Shevat Seder Elaine
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 Temple Dor Dorim Mitzvah Day  Temple & Gary
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 Philharmonic Concert and Dinner Roberta
 Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 TDD’s 23rd Annual Gala Temple & Gary
Mar. 16 or 17, 2019  Show Time Event – TBA Open
Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 History of the Wandering Jew Dinner Sylvia
Friday, Apr. 12, 2019 22nd Annual Empty Nester Shabbat Dinner & Service Alice
Thursday, May 9, 2019 22nd Annual Closing Dinner Open


Gary Y. Holtzman – 954-389-8528 – algari@bellsouth.net


Unbelievably, by the time you read this month’s Bulletin, more than half of the summer will be over and in a little over a month, we will be greeting each other at High Holy Day services. Remember, this year the High Holy Days are early, beginning sundown, Sunday, September 9. As in past years, many of our Empty Nesters are spending the summer in North Carolina, Tennessee and points north, while some of us are cruising, using time shares and visiting our children and grandchildren. Regardless of your choices, I hope you are all enjoying these summer months, either here in steamy South Florida, or anywhere your travels may be taking you, and doing so safely.

Alice and I have had a wonderful summer and still have some travel plans before the holidays; however, my thoughts are now with planning the Empty Nesters’ year of activities. Last year was very successful for the Empty Nesters, as measured by membership (99), functions (10) and by financial support ($6,334) to the Temple. Although we are not a fund-raising arm, we did hold several fund raising activities, which provided funds primarily for those members requiring Financial Assistance ($3,000) and Youth Department programming ($1,000).

Importantly, our dues are instrumental in providing this financial support for members in need, as well as, for many Temple programs, as the entire $25 per person dues is dedicated to supporting our Shul. Our Kickoff Dinner Social, provides us the ability to financially sponsor the annual Tu B’Shevat Seder and co-sponsor the December 25 Family BBQ. The amount we charge for each event is geared only to cover costs of the individual activity and the few extra dollars we add covers miscellaneous expenses. Any residue increases our Temple support. We can be very proud of this support over the years. The Empty Nesters is classified as a 55 and older club, however, our events are enjoyed by all ages and, therefore, is not limiting our membership age wise. Our annual $25 dues application is below.

Although our programs can be enjoyed by all ages, it is obvious the Temple needs a Young Empty Nesters’ (YEN) auxiliary in order to involve all members alongside their contemporaries. To this end, of creating a new Young Empty Nesters auxiliary, I will be working with Chair Lisa Lerner and, Debbie Ring who has volunteered to assist, in spearheading the formation of this group. Our goal is to provide all Temple members with age contemporary groups for social, religious and educational programming. We are looking towards an organizing meeting in early September. To help expedite this effort, those interested in learning more and to participate in the development of the YEN’s Auxiliary, please contact me at algari@bellsouth.net.

Meanwhile, at the Temple, the initial event is the Welcome Weekend, which begins on Friday, August 24, at 6:00 PM with our Sisterhood/Brotherhood sponsoring a Pot Luck Shabbat dinner. Following dinner, at 7:00 PM, we will have a special Shabbat service, which will include the installation of the Temple Officers and Trustees and making it extra exciting, we will also be installing our new Canter, Carrie Berry. Then on Sunday, August 26, we will enjoy the Welcome Weekend Main Event. The Empty Nesters will have a Membership Booth to welcome both returning and new members. Come at 11:00 am for the brunch, enjoy swapping stories of our summer and guess the number of “Pennies in the Jar” to win $20. Don’t forget, at 11:30 am, we plan to take an Empty Nesters’ group photo to document the beginning of our new, 2018/2019 year.

We plan to begin this year’s Empty Nesters programming on Friday, September 7, following the Shabbat service, with our popular ”Welcome Back Shabbat Ice Cream Parlor Oneg,” featuring chocolate egg creams and make your own ice cream sundaes and Ice Cream sodas, chaired by Margit Mandel. Following, on Sunday, October 28, is our very special Kickoff Social, “Wandering Jews Dinner, chaired by Sylvia Saks. It will feature Nesters’ speaking about the history and foods of their ancestral countries, followed by food stations serving many of these specialties, prepared by Palm Caterers. The price is $40 per person. The Kickoff reservation form is below.

As a follow-up to last year’s Klezmer, I Love New York program, this year, on Sunday, November 18, at 4:00 PM, the 2018 I Love New York program, will feature our old musical friend, Larry “Pianoman” Brendler, who will entertain us with New York songs and show tunes. This will be followed by food stations around the Social Hall featuring Little Italy, Chinatown and the lower East Side, with food provided by Palm Caterers. The price is $25 per adult and the price for children 12 and under will be $12. We would greatly appreciate event sponsors at $50. Each sponsorship will include one ticket and recognition on our Sponsor Appreciation Boards.

Alice joins me in welcoming everybody’s safe return, as we anticipate a wonderful Temple and Empty Nesters’ year.




For the Kickoff Senior Spotlight, we feature our own WWII Warrior and Nesters’ Patriarch, Leonard Wolf, who will be 94 on September 16. Although, born in Patterson N.J., at an early age, he lost his mother to cancer and at 11 moved to Lakeland, Florida with his father and two brothers. Leonard learned farming by working in the family’s citrus groves. At 18, he attended U of Florida and was a member of the ROTC; when, as it was wartime, the Army selected Leonard for an Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at Texas A & M. Before the course was completed, in November of 1944, Leonard was shipped off to combat in the European Campaign of WWII, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and still suffers from the effects of the freezing temperatures he experienced. Subsequently, he was part of the European Concentration Camp liberation force and viewed the Nazi horrors first hand. In 2011 the French Counsel awarded Leonard the “French Legion of Honor,” for participation in the liberation of France. Upon separation from the Army, he moved to Miami Beach where his father lived, attended the U of Miami and received his undergraduate Business degree and his Doctorate in Law. While studying for a Law Final, a family friend pestered him to meet this wonderful girl, who turned out to be Ronnie, his spouse since 1949. They have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and a great granddaughter born this July 6. Leonard, for 58 years, maintained a successful civil law practice in Florida and, in his spare time, spent 46 years teaching the Dale Carnegie course. In 1994, He moved from Coral Gables to Weston in time to become a founding member of Temple Dor Dorim. He arrived with a lifetime of achievement and it is with pride that we Spotlight Leonard, our friend and true “Generational” Dorimer.





Names attending: ___________________________ / ___________________________________________

Must be both Temple and Empty Nesters Members to attend. $40 p/p _____________

(Note: Single members may invite a guest) Payment as above.




Names attending: ___________________________ / ___________________________________________

Adult $25 P/P_________ Children 12 & under – $12 P/P____________


Kickoff Social 2017
2018 – 2019

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ADDRESS: ______________________________________

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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

Kickoff Social 2016