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, Immediate Past President
Elliot Gross
Alice Holtzman
Roberta Krolick
Margit Mandel
Gloria Rozen
Sylvia Saks

2017-2018 EVENTS

Date Event Chair(s)
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 Shabbat Oneg – Old Fashion Ice Cream Social Margit & Elaine
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 Annual Kickoff Social – Larry Brendler: “A Musical Tribute to Great American Jewish Singer/Songwriters” Gary H. & Elaine, Lenore, Alice
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 Klezmer Band Event Elaine & Margit
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 Chanukah Brunch & Seminar/Movie – Rabbi Daniel Sherman Lenore, Gary, Elaine
Sunday, Dec. 25, 2017 Co-Sponsor Temple Holiday Picnic Temple Auxiliaries & Gary
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 Showtime Event – “Capitol Steps” Gary
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 Temple Dor Dorim Mitzvah Day  Temple & Gary
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 Annual Tu B’Shevat Seder Elaine, Alice, Gloria
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 Philharmonic Concert and Dinner Roberta & Margit
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018  TDD’s 22st Anniversary Gala Temple & Gary
Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 History of the Wandering Jew Dinner Sylvia
Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 Annual Empty Nester Shabbat Dinner & Service Alice, Lenore, Gloria
Thursday, May 3, 2018 21th Annual Closing Dinner Elliot


Mid-November 2017 Update 

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

Hi Nesters & Friends,

Hi Nesters & Friends,

Chanukah is now over and today we enjoyed our “Annual December 25th “Family Fun Day BBQ,” at Emerald Estates Park. There were 115 RSVP’s and I expect there were several more walk-ins who enjoyed a very well planned event. Thank you Bonnie Rayman and Rachel Kaplan for truly taking charge of this Temple Auxiliary sponsored event, and with their families, joined by Harold Malin for setting up everything so beautifully; not to mention, Adam Granger for, once again, doing all the Barbecuing.  Kudos, also, to Ester Acunis for leading us with her engaging sing-a-long program and to Rachel Kaplan and Greg Lawrence for their entertaining Puppet show.
Looking at January, we will enjoy our first Friday family Shabbat dinner & service on January 5, 6:00 pm. Come to dinner with your congregational family and enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner, which will be followed by our beautiful Shabbat Service. During the service, we will celebrate all January member Anniversaries and Birthdays. The dinner will cost $15 per adult and $5 per child 12 and under (2 and under are free).
Next on our plate is the Temple’s Mitzvah Day, on Sunday, January, 21, 2018. As I have stated in my previous Update, we still have large numbers of Military personnel overseas and we will again support, “Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.” We are collecting items for the soldiers in a box in front of the Temple’s offices. Therefore, please collect and bring donations of toiletries, hygiene and personal grooming, along with non-perishable snacks and food, socks, etc. Remember, the items cannot be large and bulky, as they must fit in somewhat small cartons for delivery overseas. Many Nesters visit a Dollar Store and spend $10 or $20 on small items: dental care, shaving, nuts etc. Also, plan to be at the Temple on Mitzvah Day, as we sort donations by category and package them for delivery to the Soldiers Outreach. Be early for the kickoff and enjoy free bagels and cream cheese at 9 am.
Finally on FridayJanuary 26, 2018, at 7:30 pm, the Empty Nesters sponsor, for the entire congregation, our annual signature event, the “Tu B’Shevat Seder.” This celebration is the “New Year for Trees,” and has grown in popularity each year. Once again this year, this Service and Seder is a “not-to-miss” event. Please join our congregation, as Rabbi Daniel Sherman, assisted by Allison Teisch, along with members of our Generation Choir and Chutzpah band, lead this beautiful and delicious (wine, fruit, nuts) service, with a special Oneg following. The program is chaired beautifally, this year and always, by Elaine Jacobson. Also, call JNF and plant a tree in Israel.
A reminder for February! Please reserve your tickets with the Empty Nesters for the Weston Philharmonic orchestra concert at Cypress Bay High School, on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm, featuring the Dallas Brass program. If you plan to attend, this always sold-out concert, please purchase the $20 tickets through the Empty Nesters, as we earn a $3 commission per ticket, which is donated to our Youth Program. A reservation form is below. We also will have our optional, pay your own check, dinner at Duffy’s. Please respond ASAP.
I wish to report on two items discussed at the December Board of Trustee meeting. First, our President. Hal Mindel, announced we are beginning to plan for the 2018/19 year, both for the TDD operating Budget and for new blood on the Board. The Officers and Trustees, other than the President, who will be Adam Silverman (currently Executive Vice President), and the Officers and Trustees having a second term to serve, all Temple Officer and Trustee positions are open for nomination.. Auxiliary Trustee representatives are assigned by their respective President annually. Those interested in any positionmentioned, including mine, please contact me for more information.
Secondly, after Rabbi Sherman’s e-mail on the subject, our Executive Director officially announced that the Temple Bulletin, will no longer be mailed to members, as it will be available monthly on line. The reason is we have been advised by members that copies were received late, or not received at all. Additionally, the cost to produce and mail is substantial. The cost issue is valid, however, as your Board representative, I opposed this change, feeling our congregants, especially, the seniors, benefit from, and prefer, hard copies. We do have options, as  copies may be picked-up at the Temple, or receive it by mail by paying $3.00 for delivery each month. Both are viable, but non-the-less, it is my feeling that many Nesters do not like, or rarely use, computers and read the Bulletin cover to cover and keep this document on a table at home as a reference for happening at Shul. I know I do. I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.
As we leave December, Alice joins me in wishing our entire Temple family, a hearty Happy and Healthy New Year, filled with all the best things life has to offer!
Kickoff Social 2017


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CONCERT PAYMENT: $20.00 Per Person: $______________Reserve today before the sellout
Please forward your completed application and payment (Temple Dor Dorim – Empty Nesters) to:
Temple Dor Dorim, Empty Nesters, 2360 Glades Circle, Weston, FL 33327

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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