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 | 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.

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When? | Tuesdays | 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator | Charles Brownstein

When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator | Colin Alte

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.

April 26 | The Bukhara, 9736 Traville Gateway Dr, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 738-2000

The weekly Friday lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at The Bukhara, 9736 Traville Gateway Dr, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 738-2000. We discovered The Bukhara restaurant after visiting another restaurant nearby. Because it looked good, we tried it. The Bukara turned out to be a winner and we’ve been back several times. One customer wrote: “The Bukhara is a wonderful Indian restaurant in Rockville, MD. We enjoyed going there for a buffet lunch yesterday. Their food is very flavorful and not too spicy.” I just called, and they still have the buffet lunch along with the regular menu.


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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

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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.

April 23 | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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 Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Bob Curtin (Tim Holt), two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector (Walter Houston) to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. They find the gold and in the end snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and lose it. The film was shot almost entirely on location in the dusty arid landscape of Mexico. Despite studio concerns, the movie was a box-office smash hit and triumphed at the Academy Awards. John Huston won Oscars for Best Director and Best Screenplay and his father, Walter Huston won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. It was nominated for Best Picture and Bogart is fantastic in one of his most unsettling roles as Dobbs. Watch for the classic role by Alfonso Bedoya as a bandit leader. Also, watch for Robert Blake as the Mexican boy selling lottery tickets.

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.
No meeting Tuesday, January 1

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, April 24 | 1:00 PM
Topic: Your Aching Back-What’s Really Hurting And Why.”

The next meeting of the MHG, led by Lou Siegel, will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 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 “Living Alone – Let’s Talk about It.” 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, April 16 at 1:15 PM the JCC Men’s Club will present a special talk by Lt. Brett Parsons, DC Metropolitan Police Department, Executive Office of the Chief of Police, Special Liaison Branch.  He will discuss what we can do to protect ourselves in our home, our workplace, in a synagogue, in a concert hall, a meeting place like we have at the JCC, etc.  Lt. Parsons will address security and how we can recognize a developing situation and other things we should be aware of.  For more information, contact Marvin Arluk at or 301.706.0623.

On Saturday, April 27 Saturday Night Dinner Group.  Are you (with your wife or girlfriend) interested in meeting other members for a Saturday night/evening dinner?  Our next dinner will be at Il Porto restaurant. For more information, see the attached file.  If you are interested, please contact Lew at or 301-947-4773.  Lewis also looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to lead this group and coordinate future dinners.

On Sunday, Apr. 28 we are going to a 1:35 PM National’s baseball game (vs. Padres) outing. In past years, these outings have been a huge success. Tickets are $46 and include a $15 refreshment/food voucher. The seats will be behind either 1st or 3rd base in the lower level. Those attending, please meet at Grosvenor Metro at 12:00 PM on Aril 28. Also, a member of the Nat’s front office will try to meet with us before the game. Wives, partners, and friends are welcome to join us. To sign up, please bring cash or a check (made out to “Washington Nationals”) to Tuesday’s General Meeting. The last day for sign up is March 1, so we can get the best seats. Any questions or suggestions – just email or call Steve Goldberg at Smgold999@Gmail.Com or 240-498-1267.

On Tuesday, May 21 at 1:15 PM the JCC Men’s Club will present a special “Our Doctors’ Day” panel moderated by Louis Siegel to celebrate our Men’s Club member physicians.  Hear these distinguished physicians, Sol Barr, Andrew Green, Dave Gross, Perry Hookman, Sam Itscoitz, Stu Lessans, Ray Scalettar, Bruce Smoller, Herb Tanenbaum, and Don Vogel tell us about what it means to be a physician, what they learned about human nature, the high and low points of their careers, what every patient should know to be healthy, and what makes a good patient. Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Louis Siegel at or 585-703-6585.

  • 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!

Tour of the Montgomery County Recycling Center

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Trip to The Museum of the Bible

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Trip to The National Museum of Health & Medicine

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Tour of Nats Stadium

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Visit to Strathmore Music Center

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Hannukah Party 2017

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