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The EmptyNesters auxiliary was 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 at a similar stage in their lives.

We are a diverse group - made up of couples and singles - who enjoy one another's company and a wide variety of activities. Whether or not you have children is irrelevant. It's our life experiences and desire to be part of the same community that brings us together.

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.

Shabbat Dinners in Members' Homes


Thank you for your interest in this event. We have reached capacity and are unable to accommodate any additional reservations. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Donaldson, 202-895-6309.

The EmptyNesters organize many events throughout the year, but nothing compares to the most successful event on our calendar, Shabbat Dinner hosted by members throughout the metro area. With the warmth of the candles, the taste of delicious food and wine, and the delight of good conversation, this program, which will be held on Friday, May 12 at 7:00 pm, makes Shabbat a truly memorable experience.

To register, please call Ruth Seif at 301-213-0499.

Our Jewish Singers and Comedians


On Saturday, July 15 at 5:30 pm at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, the EmptyNesters present a unique journey down memory lane with a film and video program featuring many of our most beloved Jewish singers and comedians.

The event begins with wine and appetizers followed by a Havdalah service, delicious dinner, and our evening's entertainment. The cost is $32 per person.

Click here to register online or send a check payable to Washington Hebrew Congregation to Washington Hebrew Congregation, Attn: Beth Donaldson/EmptyNesters Jewish Comedians, 3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. If you send a check, be sure to include your name, telephone number, and email address.

This year, we are giving a contribution of $1,000 to support the Abram Simon Elementary School's 5th grade trip to New York City. If you would like to help offset this contribution, we ask that you please send a donation to the EmptyNesters' Fund.

Abram Simon Elementary School honors one of WHC's earliest rabbis, Abram Simon. This small school of just 300 students is located in Southeast D.C. During the year, we work directly with the school to help students and teachers. We are there on a weekly basis for tutoring. We also provide support through holiday drives, donating library and school supplies, participating in the Giant A+ program, and contributing to summer and winter camp. Everything we do and every dollar we provide is appreciated by the Abram Simon Elementary School community.

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

July 15, 2017 / Saturday
EmptyNesters' Havdalah, Dinner, and Program
5:30 PM—8:00 PM

On Saturday, July 15 at 5:30 pm at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, the EmptyNesters present a unique journey down memory lane with a film and video program featuring many of our…

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