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
Saturday, Ja. 26, 2019 Philharmonic Concert and Dinner Roberta
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 Temple Dor Dorim Mitzvah Day  Temple & Gary
 Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 TDD’s 23rd Annual Gala Temple & Gary
Mar. 16 or 17, 2019  Show Time Event – TBA Roberta
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

EMPTY NESTERS – October 2018

Although leaving September, the glow of the month, filled with Jewish holidays and tradition, as well as, returning from our summer experiences to be reunited with members of our Dor Dorim family, continues to remain with us. The High Holiday services were especially inspiring, led by Rabbi Sherman and Cantor Barry, assisted by our beautiful Generations Choir, and accompanied by Anthony Ciotti. We are most appreciative of Cantor Carrie Barry, who has newly joined TDD running, as clergy and teacher, clicking with both young and old. Welcome and thank you!

Now that the holidays are behind us, it is important to continue to participate in our Synagogue activities with Shabbat Services, Adult Education and personal involvement with our Auxiliaries: Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Chai, PTO and, naturally, Empty Nesters. Temple Dor Dorim, in addition to religious services, offers an enjoyable and interesting variety of social, cultural, and educational opportunities for our congregants. The Temple and Auxiliary leadership work tirelessly to present programs and events geared to provide “Something for everyone, throughout the generations.” Our success will be measured by your involvement.

I am proud that one of our most active groups is Empty Nesters. Although, we are the older congregants, we are also among the most active socially, as well as, religiously. Our members span four decades, from ages in the 60s through the 90s. So, if you are year’s young enough and are looking for a meaningful Jewish experience, give us a try. Our dues are $25 per person (application below), which are used toward congregation supported events and Temple donations. Truly, our Empty Nesters events can be enjoyed by all ages and all ages are invited to join,

However, regardless of your age, especially for those in the 30 to 50 age group, we have an exciting option with our revitalized “Schmooze 2.0,” led by Lisa Lerner and an active and enthusiastic committee. In fact, the Kickoff event is planned for Saturday, October 20, at 7:00 pm, when we will be cruising and schmoozing at the Temple. This cruising theme will include a casino, bingo, a quest type game, wine bar with singing and dancing, and, of course, food bites throughout, late night pizza and a fabulous dessert table. Schmooze 2.0 membership is free and the cost for this fun cruise is only $25 per person, if paid by October 12; add $5 thereafter. Watch for the flyer.

Speaking of joining auxiliaries, we have Sisterhood (Rachel DiDio & Andrea Saneholtz) and Brotherhood (Daniel Bagner & Aaron Schwartz), two wonderful gender specific groups. Their primary missions are to support our Synagogue financially by holding special Fund-Raising events, which are also, Fun-Raising events. Parents of children in our Early Childhood and Religious School, enjoy having a still another group in which to become involved: respectively, our CHAI (Jennie Littman) and PTO (Joanne Chiet). These auxiliaries provide essential support to the schools. With our involvement in these Temple Auxiliaries, we truly become part of our warm Temple family!

Now we are looking forward to our Kickoff Dinner Social“Wandering Jews Dinner,” on Sunday, October 28, at 5:30 PM. This event, chaired by Sylvia Saks, will “star” several of our own Nesters’ speaking about the history and foods of their ancestral countries. Additionally, our musical friend, Ester Acunis, will sing a medley of Yiddish, Sephardi and Spanish tunes. Dinner will feature food stations serving many specialties, some as covered in the presentations, each expertly prepared by Palm Caterers. Expect a fun evening for $40 per person. The Kickoff reservation form is below.

Save the date and reserve today for our next event, “I Love New York 2018 – Musical Program,” on, Sunday, November 18, at 4:00 PM. This year we will feature an entertaining musical show of New York Songs and Broadway Show Tunes, starring our old musical friend, Larry “Pianoman” Brendler. 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 $10 for children (12 and under). Additionally, we would greatly appreciate event sponsors at $25 to underwrite the costs. Each sponsorship will be recognized on our Sponsor Appreciation Boards. This event is a Fun/Fund-Raiser, in part, to support our Youth Programs. Please commit to a sponsorship in addition to reserving your attendance, for this event, with our form below.

We are looking forward to a very special successful Temple and Empty Nesters’ year.




Just 8 days after the Nazis gained control of Belgium in 1940, our spotlighted senior, Sylvia Miles Saks, was born on June 5, in Antwerp. At the age of 18 months, right before the rest of her family was deported to Auschwitz, she was hidden by a kind Flemish family. At wars end, in 1945, she was reunited with her father, the sole surviving member of her immediate family. Her father, Carl, remarried and relocated to New York in 1950, where she grew up with a younger sister and brother. Sylvia met Jules (Jay) Saks and married him 60 years ago in 1958. A year later they moved to Hollywood Florida and were blessed with 3 daughters and, now, proudly have 8 grandchildren 3 great grandsons. From one hidden child, the legacy of the Jewish people live on thru her 14 descendants!” During her early years in Florida, Sylvia became a successful real estate broker and, in 1972, founded Landmark IV Realty, which grew over the years, employing more than 60 agents. In 1998, Sylvia began lecturing about the Holocaust, educating both children and adults about the atrocities and survival of the Jews. In 1995, they moved to Weston and joined Temple Dor Dorim during “phase I” at the turn of the century. Soon after, Sylvia became active in the Empty Nesters and, over the years, has served on our Executive Committee, while chairing many Nesters’ events, We are fortunate to have this wonderful couple in our Temple Empty Nesters family.





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____________


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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