Men's Club

Men's Club



Who Are We?

A lively group just for men over 60!

Make new friends and develop your social network. Chat with other guys on a variety of subjects ranging from religion and politics to marriage and divorce.

Why Join?

For men, the workplace, oftentimes, provides a source of structure and social relationships. After retirement, a lack of that structure and the means for developing and maintaining relationships becomes more difficult.

What We Do
  • Participate in discussions about current events, relationships, health and any issue that interests participants!
  • Weekly & Bi-Weekly groups like Poker Group, Book Club & Dining Out! For more information about a particular group, see detailed descriptions below.

***The group collects $25 for refreshments, guest speakers and other fun additions. That’s your fee for the entire year!***

Contact Men’s Club Leadership

For more information, please contact Jay Doniger at:


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General Meeting | Poker Group | Dining Out Group | Poetry Group | Yiddish Language Group | Book Club | Film Group | Investment Group | Special Events & Lectures

General Meeting | Two Options Per Week

On Oct 3 the Seal Team meeting was held.  At the meeting, it was decided that Men’s Club will make its annual contribution to the Bender JCC Seniors Program in the amount of $360.00.

Furthermore, the Seal Team considered how the Men’s Club should support and help the victims of the recent hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The suggestion that received the most support was to make a donation to IsraAID, an Israeli based, non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 2001, dedicated to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. Their professional medics, search and rescue squads, post-trauma experts, and community immobilizers have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian disaster this century. Their response teams are already on the ground in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. The Seal Team voted unanimously to make a contribution of $360.00 to IsraAID. If you wish to make an additional personal contribution to IsraAid go online to: /#!/donation/checkout (US  tax  deductable) or send a check to “IsraAID (US) Global Humanitarian Assistance, Inc” and send it to IsraAID (US), 555 College Ave., Palo AltoCA 94306.

If you have not yet contributed, dues payments must be given ASAP to our Treasurer, Lew Cohen by check made payable to the JCC Mens Club, or to any of the facilitators at our weekly meetings.  Checks can also be mailed to Lew Cohen at 140 Chevy Chase St. #404, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. If not received by September 5th, your e-mail may be dropped, preventing you from receiving announcements.

The Chess Club is trying to arrange for live chess games after the meeting. Contact Marty Meyers ( for more information.

Chess Ladder: Martin Meyers is starting a new internet chess ladder group. Six members are already willing to join. To participate, let Martin know and then sign up on the free website, Chess.Com (the site provides the members of the club their chess name). Members then friend the other members of the group. Next week, we start play (14 days to make a move) advance by winning two out three games. The losers play two out of three to advance. After that the lower step players can challenge one or two higher step players. The challenger player has black as their pieces. If interested, contact Martin (

Need a Ride? Willing to Help Drive Others? Many of us have noticed that several of our members need assistance getting to Men’s Club meetings at the Bender JCC. Other long-time members no long attend meetings due to a lack of transportation.

Colin Alter and Ira Levine are developing two lists. One for those who want to attend meetings, but need a ride. A second list of members who are willing to help drive others to meetings. From these lists, they’ll match drivers with riders!

Please email Ira if you need a ride or can help drive other members at:

Important: We need to know which members are willing to be general meeting facilitators at some future date. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Ross Dicker ( so he can create a list of potential facilitators. Thanks.

Badges: the Seal team requests that all who attend meetings wear their badges so we can correctly call upon you by name. Anyone who is missing, lost, or otherwise does not have a badge contact David Frome at  with your preferred first name and spelling  and your last name. We will try and have your badge within two weeks.

The next Seal Team Meeting will be Tuesday, October 3 after the regular meeting. All members are invited to attend as observers.

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When? | Tuesdays | 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator (Changes weekly) | Toby Gottesman

When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator (Changes weekly) | Ernie Freeman

Poker Group

Poker Group

Wednesdays | 7:00 PM

The poker game is normally scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM.

For more details, please contact Peter Alexander (301-929-3037) or Ron Kligman (240-403-7503).

Subject to cancellation if a poker quorum of 5 players cannot be assembled.

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Dining Out Group

Dining Out

Fridays | 1:30 PM

The weekly Friday lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, meets at a different restaurant each week.

Make sure to check the weekly email blast for this week’s restaurant!

Friday, October 20: Miller’s Ale House – Rockville
1471 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD, 20852

Phone Number: 301-770-8535

It features simply delectable food and great service – friendly and professional. Plus, the atmosphere is awesome as well. Definitely going back soon!

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Poetry Group

2nd & 4th Wednesday of Every Month | 1:00 PM

Schedule change: The poetry group now meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each the Bender JCC Library.

For more information, please contact Ron Kligman (240-403-7503).

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Yiddish Language Group

Men's Club - Yiddish Group

1st & 3rd Fridays of Every Month | 11:30 AM

This group meets in the Bender JCC IAC Room (Old Library) on the first and third Friday of every month at 11:30 AM.

For more information, please contact Art Rayman (301-460-0207).

Here are a few useful websites that Art has identified for improving your Yiddish language skills.

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Book Club

Book Club has been terminated

The book club has been terminated due to lack of participation.

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Film Group

Men's Club - Film Group

Meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of Each Month

The film group, chaired by Dave Fenster, meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:00 PM in the Bender JCC Social Hall, after our General Meeting.

The next film offering is on Tuesday, October 24. We’ll show “The Italian Job” (2003), an action crime thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron and directed by F. Gary Gray. Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist. The plan was flawless. The execution was perfect. Charlie Croker and his team pulled off the crime of a lifetime. The one thing that they didn’t plan on was being double crossed. Now they want more than the job’s payoff… they want payback. After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, the team takes off to try to re-steal the loot and ends up in a pulse-pounding car chase. Mark Wahlberg is Charlie Croker and Charlize Theron is a drop-dead safecracker.

Refreshments will be provided. Discussions and /or snacks follow at Bagel City (sandwiches are 1/2 price).

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Investment Group

Men's Club - Investment Group

1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the Month | 2:45 PM

The Investment Group meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month in the Bender JCC Social Hall.

For more information, please contact Peter Alexander, Paul Weinberger or Marty Meyers.

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Special Lectures & Group Events

Men's Club Lectures & Events

These are the scheduled lectures and events for the coming months.

If you have any ideas for other lectures or events, please bring them to the attention of our facilitators!

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Director of Policy and Government Affairs for Mobileye (a Jerusalem based company) will make a free special presentation in the Social Hall to the Bender JCC community entiled “Driverless Cars: Path to the Future!”

More details to follow in subsequent Blasts.  To make a reservation, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or

Visit to the Ratner Museum. Luncheon and lecture on the biblical art pieces on display.

This event is limited to our members in good standing (dues paid) and their spouses/significant others until October 10th.

On October 11th we will open reservations to the entire Bender JCC community if space is available.

The “profit” from this event will be donated to the Bender JCC for Senior Programs (which includes us!). So if you feel generous, additional contributions in excess of the $25 couvert will go directly to the benefit of Senior Programs at the Bender JCC.

Dr. Matthew Cooper – “Transplantation Medicine”

Justin Lev Tov, Archaelogist

Men’s Club Chanukah Celebration

Visit to the new African American Smithsonian

Host/Speaker | Charles Heller

  • Audiology – current advances
  • Interaction with the children & grand-children of mixed marriages; discussion of PEW report
  • Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – Warren Manison
  • Air B&B’s
  • A discussion of the Muslim belief system
  • Trip to MGM Casino
  • Cosmological Physics
  • Nationals Baseball Game
  • Video & Ice Cream Social
  • Battlefield Visit – Bull Run
  • Visit & Tour of Mt. Vernon

If you should have any ideas for other Lectures/Events, please bring them to the attention of facilitators!

Tour of Nats Stadium

  • Click Here to see pictures from the tour and read about the great day!
Tickets for our annual Literary Festival are on sale now!