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

Summer Schedule: The Bender JCC summer day camp program has begun and continues through August 18. As a consequence, the Bender JCC can only provide us space for our General meetings. No rooms are available for our group meetings except the Film Group which will meet in the Bender JCC Gallery and the Yiddish Language Group that will meet in the new Library (old Computer Lab). The Investment and Poetry Groups will meet in the homes of Gerald Rosenkrantz and Len Blackman, respectively. The Book Club will meet at Panera Bread on E. Jefferson Street. Stay tuned for further updates.

Reminder: August 1 is the 1st Tuesday of the month. So don’t forget the informal bagged lunch and schmooze session that takes place in the Bender JCC atrium at about 12:30 PM prior to our regular meeting.

Dues and Contributions: The many activities of the JCC Men’s Club that you’ve been enjoying including; luncheons, programs, snacks, charitable donations, good & welfare, etc… are all supported by our annual “Dues and Contributions” with a suggested amount of $25. Greater amounts are always appreciated and for those whom $25 represent an onerous burden, please contact Lew Cohen or Paul Weinberger.

The FY 2017-18 dues payments are now overdue. They can be given to our Treasurer, Lew Cohen by check made payable to the JCC Men’s Club or can be given to any of the facilitators at our weekly meetings.

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:

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When? | Tuesdays | 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator (Changes weekly) | Mark Edelman

Special Lecture: Chance Ates, Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria – “How Auto Leasing Has Changed for the Better”

When? | Wednesdays | 1:45 – 3:15 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator (Changes weekly) | TBA

New summer time, but back to regular location.

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, August 18: Yekta Kabobi Restaurant
1488 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD, 20852

Phone Number: 301-984-0005

This place is a great find! It’s a hidden gem in MD, I swear. The food was a mouth watering experience. I mean I can still smell the delicious kabobs! Make sure you order beef kabob when you come here as it’s one of the best in the area. The interior of the restaurant is cozy and comfy as well and the service great. I can’t wait to go back!

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Poetry Group

1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month | 1:00 PM

There are no scheduled meetings for the month of August. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 6 at 11:00 AM in 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 Computer Lab*** (next to Library) on the first and third Friday of every month at 11:30 AM.

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

***Summer Location: The Yiddish Language Group will meet in the new Library (old Computer Lab).

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

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Book Club

Thursday, September 14 | 1:00 PM

The book club, led by Len Golding, meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month in Room 11***. There will be no meeting in August.

September’s book is “Like Dreamers” by Yossi Klein Halevi.

Synonpsis: The June 6, 1967, Battle of Jerusalem is widely seen as the seminal event of modern Israeli history. The David Rubinger photograph of paratroopers reclaiming the Western Wall is among the most iconic Israeli images: the soldiers’ “expressions are a combination of exhaustion, tenderness and awe,” writes Yossi Klein Halevi, who uses the classic photo on the cover of “Like Dreamers,” which he describes as “a story about the fate of Israel’s utopian dreams, the vast hopes imposed on this besieged, embattled strip of land crowded with traumatized Jewish refugees.”

Please Note: All books discussed by the Book Club will be available in the public library. Therefore, attendees will not have to purchase them.

***Summer Location: Panera Bread, 1780 E Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852 | Phone: 301-881-5515

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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, July 25. We’ll show “Rear Window” (1954). Film critic Leonard Maltin termed this “one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most stylish thrillers.” James Stewart and Grace Kelly star in this voyeuristic masterpiece about a photographer who becomes obsessed with watching his neighbors and discovers a possible murder. In 1955 this movie was nominated for 4 Oscars. It’s rated #41 on the Internet Movie Data Base.

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 JCC Social Hall***.

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

***Summer Location: During the summer, the Investment group will meet at 3:00 PM in Gerald Rosenkrantz’s home.

  • Address: 5801 Nicholson Lane, Apt. 1820 || Rockville, MD 20852
  • Carpools will be set up after the General Meeting. Either 2 or 3 cars are needed. Valet parking available at Gerald’s building.

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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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“How Auto Leasing Has Changed for the Better”

By: Chance Ates, Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria

“The Maryland Judicial System, Part II”

By: Circuit Court judge, Karla Smith.

This event is open to the community.

“How Seniors Can Benefit from Specific Exercises to Solve Physical Problems.”

By: Rachel Miller

Visit to the new African American Smithsonian

Host/Speaker | Charles Heller

ProAction Presentation

*Postponed from January 31

Presenter | Rachel Miller

  • 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!