Boomers & Empty Nesters

Baby Boomers

Baby boomers continue to be characterized as “seekers” who look for meaning, connection, and purpose.  We understand that Boomers are looking for a way to “be Jewish” that feels personal, authentic, eclectic, and dynamic.   Temple Israel is a wonderful resource and community that offers:

  • Shabbat and holiday services with a wide variety of music and prayer styles
  • Engaging adult-education classes
  • Social action projects and social justice opportunities
  • A caring and supportive community that celebrates with you in times of joy and supports you in times of grief
  • Special-interest clubs and programs where you can deepen your learning, explore activities and meet people in a Jewish framework

Many boomers also report that they are entering a stage in life when they are taking more time for reflection and re-evaluation regarding what is important to them. We invite you to examine (or re-examine) the beauty and depth that Jewish tradition, wisdom and practice has developed over thousands of years.

Empty Nesters

Many people initially come to synagogue life to provide their children with a Jewish education or to prepare them for aBar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony.  When children grow up and leave home, many adults find themselves re-examining the role that a synagogue can play in their lives.  The Rabbi and lay leadership of Temple Israel of West Palm Beach see Judaism as a life-long journey with depth and riches to offer across the entire life-span, and this stage in life is no exception.

When children leave home, many people report mixed feelings.  Some people report a sense of wonder of the possibilities of what to do with their new-found time and we encourage you to explore Temple Israel as a place to take enriching adult education classes, participate in special interest groups, get involved in social action projects, or take on a greater role of leadership.  People also often report that the transition of children leaving home can be disorienting – we encourage you to participate in our programs and community so you can create enriching and supportive connections with our members, clergy and staff.  We are here to help you through this transition time.

*If you have children in college who would like to learn about FREE trips to Israel, alternative break programs, job and internship opportunities, and news about Reform Judaism on campus, please contact Rabbi Olshein.

We want to hear from you.  If there are ways that we can help you to feel more connected to Temple Israel or ways that we can better serve you, please contact Jennifer Green Baer, our Temple Administrator at (561)833-8421 or email her at