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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.

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Spring Shabbat Dinner


Twice a year the EmptyNesters organize Shabbat dinner. It gives us a chance to welcome Shabbat and break bread with our friends.

This year, instead of pot luck, we will have a group Shabbat dinner that is fully catered.

Date: Friday, May 10
6:00 pm
The Fallswood Condominium in Rockville, MD
$25 per person

Registration for this event is now closed. Please contact Beth Donaldson with any questions or concerns.

Grandma's Yiddish


Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 9:30 am
Cost: Free

Remember when Yiddish was part of the family and certain warm, fuzzy words and phrases would creep into discussions? Or when Yiddish was used so you couldn't understand what was going on because, well, you were just a child? And finally, there were those Yiddish phrases meant to convey stronger feelings but were not for your tender ears?

It’s time to remember Grandma’s Yiddish.

Our guide through this journey is Rabbi Peter Kessler from Temple Ohev Shalom in Harrisburg, PA. He will take us from the familiar to the unfamiliar to the earthy and help us understand the many Yiddish words that have crept into our everyday English. You will have the chance to participate with your own memories and stories so come prepared. This should be informative and a lot of fun.

So...put on your schmatta, get off you tuches, and schmooze with your friends. You might even plotz!

Click here to register.

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

May 10, 2019 / Friday
Shabbat Home Dinner With EmptyNesters
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Join the Empty Nesters for a Shabbat dinner.

An outdoor cocktail hour (weather permitting) will be followed by a delicious Greek chicken dinner, wine, and of course, dessert. …

June 6, 2019 / Thursday
Trip to Glenstone Mansion With EmptyNesters
10:00 AM—12:00 PM
July 20, 2019 / Saturday
Havdalah & Dinner With EmptyNesters
6:00 PM—10:00 PM