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

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 meeting 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 | Changes Weekly

When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Where? | Bender JCC Social Hall

Facilitator | Changes Weekly

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 24 | Armand’s Pizzeria and Grille | 190 Halpine Rd, Rockville, MD 20852 301-231-5000

The weekly Friday lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at Armand’s Pizzeria and Grille at 190 Halpine Rd, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 231-5000.  Wow – buffet pizza, pasta & salad, and soup. Check the following review:  “Can’t go wrong with their lunch or dinner buffet.  You get all you can eat fresh salad, thin crust or deep dish/hand-tossed pizzas with various toppings, breadsticks, and soup. The pizza is tasty, the staff is friendly and they even have TVs with sport and serve beer if you want a brew.”


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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.

August 28 | L. A. Confidential (1997) |3 PM

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 L.A. Confidential (1997).  As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen, one strait-laced and ambitious (Guy Pierce), one brutal (Russel Crowe), and one sleazy (Kevin Spacey), investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.  Kim Basinger is a gorgeous, classy call girl in a career-making performance.  David Strathairn is a mysterious millionaire who runs call girls made to look like movie stars.  Danny DeVito plays a tabloid journalist and James Cromwell is the Chief of Detectives.  This movie, directed by Curtis Hanson, won 1997 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger) and for Best Adapted Screenplay (from James Elroy’s novel).  The use of sunlight and shadows and brownish tones give this move a film noir visual style.  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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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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Thursday, August 23 | 7:00 PM

The Men’s Club is holding a movie night and Ice Cream Social. Let’s have a fun-filled evening watching “The Producers,” enjoying “Fast Eddie’s Ice Cream Sundae Bar,” and socializing with each other and our friends and family. The Producers is a 1967 American satirical comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. It was Brooks’s directorial debut; he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.  This event is for JCC Men’s Club members and their family and guests.  Reserve space(s) by notifying Lew Cohen no later than Tuesday, August 21st.  Cost: $5 to $10 per person (you chose how much to pay).

Tuesday, September 18

Frank Niepold, NOAA – “Climate Change”

Thursday, November 15

The Men’s Club will sponsor a trip to the new Bible Museum. 

We’ll have a docent-led tour for about an hour starting at 10:30 AM.  Following that, there will be free time in the museum and then meet for lunch at their cafeteria at around 12:30.  The total cost for admission and the docent tour is $20/person.  The group will arrive at the museum using the metro around 10:15 AM.

If you wish to go on this trip, please email David Gross ( to make the commitment to participate.

  • 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
  • Film Night & Ice Cream Social – Dave Fenster & Ed Chidakel
  • 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
  • Panel:  A Conversation about Race – Toby Gottesman
  • Visit the Museum of the Bible – Toby Gottesman
  • Lecture:  Mediterranean Diet & Lifestyle – Leni Bari, Suburban Hospital
  • Lecture/demonstration: Exercise for seniors – Toby Gottesman
  • Visit the National Museum of Art – Toby Gottesman
  • Lecture:  Palliative and Hospice care – David Frome
  • Trip to BWI to Greet Honor Flights – Vince Berg
  • Visit the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore

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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