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 | 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 | Gideon Amir

When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator | Toby Gottesman

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.

December 14 | Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen | 7913 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, MD 20854 | 301-765-3354

The weekly Friday lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30PM at Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen, 7913 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, MD 20854, 301-765-3354.  A great find for pastrami, corned beef, and chicken soup and on and on.  To me a real highlight are the help yourself pickle barrels.  I have to agree with the following review.  “This truly is my favorite deli!  Attman’s never disappoints because the sandwiches are always fresh with enough meat to fill the hardiest appetite! I love the corned beef, roast beef and their deli trays are always a hit during party events!”


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Poetry Group

2nd & 4th Wednesday of Every Month | 1:00 PM (Temporarily Suspended)

Schedule change: The poetry group now meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each the Bender JCC Library.

Next meeting, the group will discuss the works of Robert Frost.

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 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.

December 11 | To Have and Have Not (1944)

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 To Have and Have Not (1944).  During World War II world-weary Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) is hesitant to help the free French in Martinique.  However, he changes his mind when a doll named Marie (Lauren Bacall) asks, “Anybody got a match?”  Harry transports a French resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing Marie, the lounge singer.  The red hot match turns out to be Bogart and 19-year old Bacall in her acting debut.  The movie is a thriller that does not resemble what, in my opinion, may be Ernest Hemingway’s worst novel.  A screenplay by William Faulkner and Jules Furthman with direction by Howard Hawks plus acting by Bogart, Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, and Hoagy Carmichael make this a very worthwhile movie.  Great singing by Bacall to Carmichael’s piano playing.

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, December 12 | 1:00 PM
Topic: Senior Pain

This new group, facilitated by Lou Siegel, a retired physician who practiced internal medicine for almost 30 years, will meet on a trial basis on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM.

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.

Lou proposes to talk for 15 minutes on a particular topic and then open the floor for discussion during the remainder of the session.  Lou will share his ‘inside the med-biz’ knowledge and his principles of practicing Health Defense-facts you need to know and must use when encountering doctors and the healthcare system.  Depending on interest, the number of meetings per month may be expanded to 2.

To enable an open/frank discussion, attendance is restricted to Men’s Club members and prospective members.

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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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Tuesday, December 25 | 4:45 PM | Members and Guests

A Christmas Day dinner is being planned for members of the Men’s Club and their wives and/or guests.  We will meet in the JCC Social Hall at 4:45 PM on 12/25.  The evening will start with appetizers, wine and soft drinks, followed by a buffet catered dinner.  The event may conclude with some “stand up comedy,” so bring your best jokes.  Casual party attire suggested.  This event will end at 8:00 PM when the building closes.  If you wish to attend, send a check for $30.00 per person payable to “JCC Men’s Club” (write on the note line: “12/25 dinner) to Paul Weinberger (6510 Elgin Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814).  Please include a note with the names of all people attending.  Checks must be in Paul’s possession no late than Wednesday, December 19If you’d like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Toby Gottesman ( or 301-530-7777).

  • Lecture:  Interaction with the Children & Grand-children of Mixed Marriages; Discussion of PEW Report
  • Lecture:  Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – Warren Mansion   OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
  • 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

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

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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