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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.

Selichot Service & Dinner


Toward the end of the month of Elul, a week before Rosh Hashanah on Saturday night, we will recite selichot. These prayers and poetry on the theme of forgiveness are meant to inspire us to begin the process of asking forgiveness — from God, from our loved ones, from ourselves — for whatever we did wrong in the past year.

On Saturday, September 16, please join us at Temple so we can begin the spiritual odyssey of the High Holy Days as a community.

A Congregational Dinner at 5:00 pm

Reconnect with friends and make new acquaintances at a delicious dinner hosted by the EmptyNesters auxiliary. The cost is $32 per person, and payment is required in advance.

Click here to register to attend dinner.*

A Time for Reflection at 6:30 pm

As Elul – the traditional month of soul-searching before the High Holy Days – draws to a close, we invite you to experience a half hour of soulful reflection with Cantor Susan Bortnick and Director of Religious Education Stephanie Tankel. The session will include guided meditation, song, and gentle movement. It will be accessible to all and a lovely way to embark on this New Year.

Selichot Service at 7:00 pm

Our beautiful, musical candlelit service, led by our rabbis and cantors, has a meaningful and compelling liturgy with poetry and musical prayers to inspire you to reflect on the past year.

Dessert Reception

Following the service, we will conclude the evening with a festive dessert reception.

*Advance registration required for dinner only.

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

September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Temple-Wide Break-Fast
5:30 PM—7:00 PM

End your day of praying and fasting with your Temple family at a delicious, break-fast meal immediately following concluding services on Yom Kippur. Transportation after the meal from Temple to…

October 20, 2017 / Friday
Shabbat Dinner with David and Debbie Astrove
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
November 3, 2017 / Friday
Shabbat Dinners in Members' Homes with EmptyNesters
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
November 5, 2017 / Sunday
The Secret of the Hebrew Alphabet
10:30 AM—12:00 PM
November 17, 2017 / Friday
Shabbat Dinner with David and Debbie Astrove
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

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