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

Catch up on the latest Men’s Club happenings.

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 can be given to our Treasurer, Lew Cohen by check made payable to the JCC Men’s Club by July 1, 2017 or can be given to any of the facilitators at our weekly meetings.

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) | David Frome

When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator (Changes weekly) | George Spectre

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, May 26: Miller’s Ale House – Rockville
1471 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Phone Number: 301-770-8535

Come hang out, watch sports, be yourself and enjoy the company of others without breaking the bank. We are known for our wide variety of freshly prepared dishes, and daily lunch, dinner and cocktail specials. From filet mignon and original pasta dishes to fresh salads and our signature fresh, boneless chicken Zingers tossed in your favorite sauces, our extensive menu offers.

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Poetry Group

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

This group regularly meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 1:00 PM, unless otherwise noted because of a conflict.

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).

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

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Book Club

Thursday, May 11 | 1:00 PM

The book club, led by Len Golding, meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Bender JCC Library at 1:00 PM.

April’s book is “The English Teacher” by Yiftach Reicher Atir, former head of the Israeli army’s special ops directorate; a one-time commando and general who led a force into the terminal in Entebbe.

Synonpsis: After attending her father’s funeral, former Mossad agent Rachel Goldschmitt empties her bank account and disappears. But when she makes a cryptic phone call to her former handler, Ehud, the Mossad sends him to track her down. Finding no leads, he must retrace her career as a spy to figure out why she abandoned Mossad before she can do any damage to Israel. But he soon discovers that after living under cover for so long, an agent’s assumed identity and her real one can blur, catching loyalty, love, and truth between them. In the midst of a high-risk, high-stakes investigation, Ehud begins to question whether he ever knew his agent at all.

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

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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, May 23. We’ll show “On the Waterfront” (1954) starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. Direced by Elia Kazan, this fantastic movie was the 1954 winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor. Ex-fighter Terry Malloy could have been a contender but now works for mob boss, Johnny Friendly, on the mob-controlled NY waterfront. When his gangster brother (Rod Steiger) is murdered for refusing to kill him, Terry battles to crush Friendly’s strangle hold on the waterfront. The movie marks the debut of Eva Marie Saint and was written by Budd Schulberg.

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.

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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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Host/Speaker | Larry Katz

The Men’s Club tour of Nat’s stadium will be on Friday, June 2, starting at 11:00 AM. It will take about 90-120 minutes.

Besides seeing the field, dugouts, clubhouses, we should be able to throw a pitch in the bullpen and, possibly bat in the batting cage. Those who wish can stay for lunch at a restaurant near the park. The cost of the tour will be between $22 and $25, depending on how many participate (because there is a fixed cost for the tour) and we will need to pay for the tour in advance.

The tour group is limited to 25 participants, so please let Larry Katz know as soon as possible if you plan to join ( Many of us plan to take Metro to the stadium that morning, but those who choose to drive should be able to park nearby, because the Nats are playing out of town.

Resilience: In difficult times can you count on you?

Speakers | Don Vogel & Herb Weingartner

Baseball Night | Monday, April 12 @ 7:05 PM | Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals

We will meet at a convenient METRO station; “Fast Eddie Chidakel” and his culinary crew will choose a convenient location near the ballpark for dinner (last year we went to Gordon Biersch) and then enjoy a night at the ballpark.

We have purchased two blocks of tickets:

  • 8 in Section 135, Row S, $34
    • Three $34 tickets are still available
  • 8 in Section 130, Row W, $72.

Lew will be procuring additional tickets in nearby sections (we have three commitments for $ 70+ tickets). If others are interested in joining us please contact Lew at or call: 240-601-4177. He is paying for the tickets in advance and would appreciate reimbursement in cash (or by check, payable to Lew Cohen) on or before the April 11th meeting.

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!