Men's Club

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ABOUT

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: benjccgwmensclub@gmail.com.

HOW DO I JOIN?

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WEEKLY MEETINGS & GROUPS

General Meeting | Poker Group | Dining Out Group | Scrabble Group | Yiddish Language Group | Film Group | Investment Group | Men’s Health | Special Events & Lectures

General Meeting | Two Options Per Week

The heart of the Men’s Club are the regular general meetings held every Tuesday and Wednesday.  Members (and guests) may come to either one or the other, both, or neither sessions.  These meetings give us an opportunity to get to know each other better while sharing thoughts and opinions on a range of topics.  Meetings are facilitated by a volunteer member who leads discussions on a variety of topics he selects.  They may be in the areas of personal issues, current events, economic, social, or political issues of the day, financial matters, Judaism and Israel, technology, etc.

We intersperse our regular meetings periodically with an outside expert lecture on a topic of interest, such as health, politics, government, science, etc.  We also have some social events, such as Chanukah and Purim parties, an annual luncheon, and birthday celebrations.

The Men’s Club Summer Schedule is Now in Effect:  Because the JCC Camp will occupy most of the JCC space between June 10 until August 9, we will have to alter the time and location of our meetings during this period.  The Tuesday general meeting will meet in the JCC Gallery from 1:30m til 3:00 PM.  The Wednesday general meeting will meet in room 19 (lower level) of The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum JSSA Building (directly to the right of the JCC building) at its usual time from 2:00 till 3:30 PM.  The Men’s Health Group will also meet in room 19 of the Dekelboum JSSA Building at its usual time from 1:00 till 1:50 PM.  The Yiddish Language Group will meet at its regular time of 11:30 AM on Fridays (for specifics contact Jay Doniger at jndoniger@gmail.com or 301-442-8690).  The location and time for all other groups remain the same as usual.

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When? | Tuesdays | 1:15 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Gallery

Facilitator | Toby Gottesman

Note:  New time and room for the summer

When? | Wednesdays | 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Where? | JCC Social Hall

Facilitator | Richard Rubin

Note:  New room for the summer

Poker Group

Poker Group

Wednesdays | 7:00 PM

There are 2 poker games:

Poker Game #1
Wednesday evenings at 7 PM
Off Bender JCC premises
Contact Peter Alexander 301-929-3037 or Ron Kligman 240-403-7503

Poker Game #2
Second & Fourth Thursday evenings at 7 PM
Bender JCC Room 124
Contact Burt Bachrach 301-493-5032

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 at 1:30 PM.

August 16 | Nantucket’s Reef 9755 Traville Gateway Dr, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-279-7333

The weekly Friday lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at Nantucket’s Reef 9755 Traville Gateway Dr, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-279-7333. If you like great seafood, this is the place. We’ve been here a couple of times, and each time it was a very good experience. Let me quote from one happy camper: “I just wanted to add that we returned to Nantucket’s Reef a year after our first visit and this place was even better than before, if that is possible. Seriously, the service and food here could not get any better. The oysters are so fresh it feels like you are getting them straight out of the water. This time I forced myself to order something new and tried the Cioppino.. OMG! .This was soooooo good. The broth was delicious served with fresh seafood and crusty bread. We again a have a new favorite”.

 

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Scrabble Group

2nd & 4th Friday of Every Month | 10:00 AM

Richard Blumstein is organizing and facilitating a Scrabble Group.  He will supply a good Scrabble set to play with.  The group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Friday mornings at 1:00 PM at the tables in the JCC atrium lobby near the display cases.  If you are interested, contact Richard at (301) 299-3973 (c) or blumsteinr@verizon.net.

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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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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 IAC Room, after our General Meeting.

August 13 | The Lady Vanishes” (1938)

The film group, led by David Fenster, meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:00 PM in the Bender JCCGW IAC Room (Old Library) after our general meeting.  The next film offering is The Lady Vanishes” (1938).  While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl, Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood), realizes that an elderly governess, Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty), seems to have disappeared from the train.  A fellow traveler, Gilbert Redmon (Michael Redgrave), is skeptical and furthermore, a physician (Paul Lukas) states that Iris is delusional and her claim is a result of a previous head injury.  Although Alfred Hitchcock does not let his political leanings show, the plot takes advantage of the political situation in 1938 Europe.  This is one of the great (spy) thrillers of the 1930s.  It’s undoubtedly “The Lady Vanishes” that situated Alfred Hitchcock for the move to Hollywood as it was his last great British film showcasing once more his immense aptitude as a storyteller no matter what resources are on hand.  Hitchcock won the 1939 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director ad the movie was nominated for Best Film.  Watch out for comic relief provided by a pair of British cricket fans.

After the second Tuesday movie, a discussion 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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Men's Health Group (Let's Talk Men's Health)

Next Meeting | Wednesday, August 14 | 1:00 PM
Topic: “THE DOCTOR IS IN- OPEN DISCUSSION ON WHATEVER AILS YOU. Bring questions or test results to discuss as a group.”

The next meeting of the MHG, led by Lou Siegel, will take place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the JCC Social Hall – scheduled to be the hour before the regular Men’s Club Wednesday general meeting).  The format is that Lou will present a case, or health issue, followed by an open discussion on that topic.  The next topic will be “THE DOCTOR IS IN- OPEN DISCUSSION ON WHATEVER AILS YOU. Bring questions or test results to discuss as a group.”  To enable an open/frank discussion, attendance is restricted to Men’s Club members and prospective members.

Healthy aging is too often complicated by our health issues.  These issues cause us to deal with worry, fear, and helplessness in making major decisions, and the like.  Worse, they bring us to confront health care, doctors, hospitals, and our mortality, even death and dying.  A lot of opportunities do not exist where men can talk openly about these deeply personal issues in a setting with others similarly affected and who are non-judgmental, and where some expertise, guidance, and ‘inside-the-biz’ information is available.

The purpose of this group is to empower our members with the right kind and amount of knowledge to engage the health care system and to provide a platform to share their issues, experiences, and feelings.

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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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On Tuesday Aug. 13 at 3:45 PM the Men’s Club is taking a trip to the Montgomery County Fair, 501 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 led by Vince Berg.  Attendees will meet in the JCC Atrium after our General Meeting and carpool to the Fair. Admission is free.  Please contact Vince at (bergvh@gmail.com) if you wish to attend or want more information.

  • Lecture:  Interaction with the Children & Grand-children of Mixed Marriages; Discussion of PEW Report
  • Battlefield Visit to Bull Run + Dinner – Dave Fenster & Ed Chidakel
  • Lecture:  Cosmological Physics – Mark Hartzman
  • Visit & Tour of Mt Vernon
  • Lecture/Panel:  Global warming (2 perspectives) – Bob Lissit
  • Lecture:  Mediterranean Diet & Lifestyle – Leni Bari, Suburban Hospital
  • Lecture/demonstration: Exercise for seniors – Toby Gottesman
  • Visit the National Museum of Art – Toby Gottesman
  • Visit the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore
  • Visit to National Capital Trolley Museum – Vince Berg
  • Lecture: Cambodian women who came as a child – working to bring families legally
  • Lecture: Fracking – David Fenster
  • Lecture: Montgomery County Police Officer – Security
  • Lecture: 20th Century Psychological Treatment
  • Lecture: Nuclear Threat
  • Lecture: Eric Rozenman – Antisemitism

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

History of past events

Doctors Day

Ed Chikadel Tribute

Trip to the Library of Congress

Tour of the Montgomery County Recycling Center

  • Click Here to see pictures and info from the tour and read about the impressive day!

Trip to The Museum of the Bible

  • Click Here to see pictures from the tour and read about the great day!

Trip to The National Museum of Health & Medicine

  • Click Here to see pictures from the tour and read about the great day!

Tour of Nats Stadium

  • Click Here to see pictures from the tour and read about the great day!

Visit to Strathmore Music Center

  • Click Here to see pictures from the tour and read about the day!

Hannukah Party 2017

  • Click Here to see pictures and info from our celebration!