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The EmptyNesters is a group formed over 19 years ago by Rabbi Weinberg and a group of wonderfully energetic people who saw the need for creating an extended family at WHC for members who are beyond the "Boomers" but not yet retired.

We are a diverse group - made up of couples and individuals - who enjoy one another's company and a wide variety of activities coordinated by our co-chairs and planning committee.

Whether or not you have children is irrelevant. It's our life experiences and desire to be part of the same community that bring us together. We invite you to join us.

Our past and current events include:

  • Retreats and discussions with clergy, outside speakers, and book reviewers;
  • Concerts and performances, including National Theater, Kennedy Center, Theater J, Olney Theater Center, and Strathmore;
  • World and local travel, including the Baltics, Jewish Italy, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Jewish Washington, D.C.;
  • Local D.C. events, including movies, winery trips, and art museum tours;
  • Special events, such as our Havdalah Dinner Programs, and our new initiative, Inside the Issues;
  • Service for the Temple, including ushering at Shirei Shabbat services and managing the WHC Hunger Project, packing meals for local distribution to the hungry;
  • Community service, including WHC Mitzvah Day and our special charity, N Street Village in D.C.; and
  • Special dinners at WHC, including pre-Selichot, Yom Kippur break-the-fast, and Passover seder, as well as Shabbat dinners in members' homes where we can join together to connect informally.

Retreat in Bethany Beach


Join us for an overnight retreat Saturday, April 22 - 23 led by WHC Executive Director Steve Jacober at beautiful Bethany Beach, Delaware. Steve will lead us in a fascinating discussion on the three great religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – where they come together and where they diverge. In addition to learning, we’ll have a great time with good friends and delicious food.

Steve Jacober, WHC Executive Director

Steve Jacober has taught at numerous synagogues and churches about the major Western religions. For those of you who have only been exposed to Steve's administrative skills, this will give you the chance to see that he's not only a lively presence but a serious religious scholar. Steve graduated magna cum laude from Providence College with a concentration in humanities and religion. He spent a year studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before matriculating to Columbia University, Department of Religion, where he earned graduate degrees in Hebrew Bible.


The non-hotel cost of the retreat, which includes lunch, cocktails, dinner, meeting rooms, and treats, is $125 per person. This is a limited-capacity event, and we expect to sell out!

Click here to register and pay online.

To register and pay by mail, send your check for $125 per person along with the names of those who will attend, their telephone numbers, and email address to:

Washington Hebrew Congregation
Attn: Beth Donaldson/EmptyNesters 2017 Bethany Beach Retreat
3935 Macomb Street NW
Washington, DC 20016

Hotel Reservations

Rooms at our special $149 rate are still available but are going fast! Please make your reservation as soon as possible.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Bethany Beach, Delaware — the site of three past popular and successful EmptyNester retreats.  

The rooms all have two queen beds and are available a special rate of $149 per night, which includes breakfast and parking. We expect the block to go quickly, so make your reservations as soon as possible.  

The hotel will honor that $149 rate for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if you wish to arrive early or stay late.

Please make your room reservation directly with the hotel at 302-541-9200. Mention our group code of WHG (Washington Hebrew Group) to get our special $149 rate.

If you would like to share a room with another EmptyNester, please contact Joan Adoff for more information.


There will not be a group bus for this event. We will attempt to arrange car pools for those who choose not to drive.

The Journey of a Rabbinic Life with Rabbi and Maxine Haberman

"Is There Anything Good About Aging?" Rabbi and Maxine Haberman explored the answer to this question as they shared anecdotes from their life together.

This session was a piece of history. Between them, Rabbi and Maxine have over 186 years of life experiences and wisdom. They've seen so much of Jewish life, Israeli life, and American life, and generously shared their story as part of the EmptyNesters' mini-retreat on Saturday, October 17 at JBSC.

Upcoming Events

April 22, 2017 / Saturday
EmptyNesters' Retreat in Bethany Beach
12:00 AM—11:59 AM

Join us for an overnight retreat Saturday, April 22 - 23 led by WHC Executive Director Steve Jacober at beautiful Bethany Beach, Delaware. Steve…

April 23, 2017 / Sunday
EmptyNesters' Retreat in Bethany Beach
12:00 AM—11:59 AM
July 15, 2017 / Saturday
EmptyNesters' Havdalah, Dinner, and Program
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

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