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.

Summer Schedule: Due to Camp JCC — which begins on June 26 and runs for eight weeks, the Bender JCC can only provide us with space for General Meetings. Only the Film Group will continue to meet in the Bender JCC Gallery.

Debbie is trying to find a facility for the Yiddish Language Group. The Book Club, Investment and Poetry Groups will have to find their own, offsite meeting places. Stay tuned for further updates.

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) | Mark Edelman

When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator (Changes weekly) | Colin Alter

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, June 23: Yekta Kabobi Restaurant
1488 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Phone Number: 301-984-0005

Well known to the Persian community, Yekta Kabobi is a must for those wanting to try authentic Persian kabobs and foods. The kabobs are made fresh daily using quality meats. They are marinated with Yekta’s own special sauce, grilled, and then served on a bed of chelow (Persian steamed rice). The flavorful meats are grilled so tenderly that they will surely melt in your mouth. The Yekta Special is a terrific combination for those who want to try the Barg, Chicken, and Koobideh Kabobs. In addition to kabobs, Yekta also serves up Iranian and Persian sandwiches, desserts, and yogurt drinks.

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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).

***Summer Location, TBD

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 Room 11***.

June’s book is “Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage” by Gordon Corera.

Synonpsis: The book takes us from WWII through the cold war to the present, revealing the secret history of Surveillance, Hacking and Digital Espionage. The author has gathered compelling stories from heads of state, hackers and spies of all stripes.

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, TBD

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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, June 27. We’ll show “Blazing Saddles” (1974) starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, Dom DeLuise, and Mel Brooks and directed by Mel Brooks. The film satirizes the racism obscured by myth-making Hollywood accounts of the American West, with the hero being a black sheriff in an all-white town. The film is full of deliberate anachronisms, from the Count Basie Orchestra playing “April in Paris” in the Wild West, to Slim Pickens referring to the Wide World of Sports, to the German army of World War II. The American Film Institute rated Blazing Saddles the #6 choice among their top-100 comedies.

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, TBD

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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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We plan to attend two games this season: Friday, June 30 & Friday, July 21. Both games begin at 7:00 PM. Friends and family are welcome!

Those who wish to eat prior to the game will meet at 5:30 PM at Ledo’s Pizza — 10301 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, MD (adjacent to Westfield Mall). We plan to sit behind first base side.

Contact Vince Berg, if interested, at:

About Big Train Games: Future Major Leaguers take the field at Shirley Povich Field at Cabin John Park in June & July. Tickets cost $7 for seniors and $5 for kids!

The field is located next to the Ice Rink at 10600 Westlake Drive in Bethesda, just off Democracy.

The Bethesda Big Train uses only traditional, wooden bats. Games generally begin at 7:00 PM. Click here for more information & a team schedule


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!
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