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.

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 or 301-442-8690).  The location and time for all other groups remain the same as usual.

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When? | Tuesdays | 1:30 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Gallery

Facilitator | Ross Dicker

Special Lecture:  Robert Seasonwein
Note:  New time and room for the summer

When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Where? | JSSA Bldg. Rm. 19

Facilitator | Ernie Freeman

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.

June 21 | Mission BBQ, 885 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852,  (301) 444-5574

The weekly Friday lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at Mission BBQ, 885 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852,  (301) 444-5574.  I have to agree with all my friends about this restaurant.  From meats to salads, sandwiches to plates, and even their salads, the food is very, very good.  Just read what this happy customer has to say:  “Wow! What a surprise to find some of the best barbeque we’ve ever had right here in Montgomery County.  I had the pulled chicken while my friend had the brisket.  The meats were cooked to perfection; they were flavorful on their own without the sauce.  However, Mission BBQ boasts 6 distinct sauces available on every table.  My friend tried them and loved them all!!  The side dishes were phenomenal. We tried the coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, cheesy potatoes, and baked beans. We will be back again soon!


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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.

June 25 | Stargate (1994)

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 Stargate (1994).  When Professor Daniel Jackson (James Spader) innocently accepts the offer of a mysterious woman to decode an ancient Egyptian artifact known only as of the Stargate, he unwittingly takes the first step on an epic adventure that will span galaxies and decide the fate of an entire planet.  Colonel Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell) is a soldier with nerves of steel and a tragic past. He’s brought back to active duty to command the first trip through the Stargate.  On a desert planet on the far side of the universe, our unlikely partners must battle the sun god, Ra.

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, June 26 | 1:00 PM

The next meeting of the MHG, led by Lou Siegel, will take place on Wednesday, June 26, 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 “THC AND CBD-THE ABC’s OF MARIJUANA.”  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, June 18 at 1:30 PM Robert Seasonwein will present a special lecture to the Men’s Club entitled “My Life in Government: From Johnson to Obama, With a Brief Stop at Nixon.”  Mr. Seasonwein has been a practicing attorney for 45 years, 31 of them with the U.S. government.  Among his positions, he was a member of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, investigating and prosecuting Nazi war criminals who illegally entered the U.S. after WW II.  He retired in 2016 as the Transportation Security Administration’s Assistant Chief Counsel for Security Threat Assessment Operations.  Mr. Seasonwein will discuss how the government has enforced laws and regulations over the past five decades.

On Tuesday, July 16 at 1:00 PM the Men’s Club has reserved the pavilion at Cabin John Park for a Men’s Club Picnic which will replace our General Tuesday Club meeting for that week.  The pavilion, located at 7701 Tuckerman Lane, just east of the Cabin John Mall, is a covered space reserved for our private use, with sufficient seating at picnic tables for a large group.  It has grills for hot dogs and hamburgers, a variety of facilities for fun and games and of course restrooms.  There is a $10 charge per person.  Vince Berg and Dave Fenster are taking the lead planning for the event, so contact Vince at ( or Dave at ( to volunteer to help.

On Tuesday, July 31 at 9:00 AM the Men’s Club will take a Civil War trip.  David Gross will lead a group of members on a Civil War trip on July 31. An amateur historian that David knows, Dr. Eric Steckler, will make a presentation about Jews in the Civil War at 9 AM at the JCC.  Coffee, donuts, and hardtack will be served.  At 10 AM the group will drive up to the Visitor Center for the Battle of Monocacy (35 minutes away near Frederick). At 11 AM we will listen to a ranger talk, look at exhibits, and then drive to one of the six hikes that are available.  It’s a beautiful setting.  All of this free.  Then we will lunch at the Black Hog BBQ in Urbana.  What’s not to like?  Members interested in this trip contact David Gross at 202-744-9047 or davidgross543@gmail.comPlease let him know if you are willing to drive.


  • 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


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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