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 PM

Where? | Social Hall

Facilitator | Paul Weinberger


When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 PM

Where? | Social Hall

Facilitator | Jerry Leventhal


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.

January 17 | Armand’s Pizzeria & 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 Joes Noodle House, 1488-C Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, 301-881-5518.  “At Joe’s Noodle House you will not find just Szechuan Chinese cooking, but rather gourmet Szechuan Chinese cooking. Families of all sizes, as well as couples in the DC Metro area, know they are getting the absolute best value and the best cuisine in Chinese Restaurants. The atmosphere is cozy, the staff is super-friendly and by the end of your meal, as you walk out the door, you’ll expect to step onto a busy Chinese street. Blink! You’re in Rockville, Maryland. Try Joe’s once and you’ll be back again and again.”


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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.

January 14 | Dr. No (1962)

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 Dr. No (1962).  This is the explosive film debut of Sean Connery as James Bond.  Shot in the scenic Caribbean, agent007 battles the mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius who intends to destroy the U.S. space program.  The movie co-stars Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord and Bernard Lee.  Terence Young was the director.

 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, January 8 | 1:00 PM
Topic: “FALLING FOR YOU-Senior Falls- Facts, Risks, and Prevention” & “The Doctor Is In:  Bring Topics of Medical Interest to You to Discuss.

The next meeting of the MHG, led by Lou Siegel, will take place on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 1:00PM 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 “FALLING FOR YOU-Senior Falls- Facts, Risks, and Prevention” & “The Doctor Is In:  Bring Topics of Medical Interest to You to Discuss.”  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 Thursday, January 23 at 9:30AM Isaac Bokman will lead a Men’s Club trip to the Holocaust Museum.  A docent led tour will feature a current exhibit: “America and the Holocaust.”  This exhibit is a portrait of American society that shows how the Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism shaped responses to Nazism and the Holocaust.  It reveals how much information was available to Americans at the time and asks why rescuing Jews did not become a priority, except for a few individuals who took the risk to help.  If you are interested in joining the trip or want more information, please contact Isaac at or 410-570-7801.


On Tuesday Jan. 28 at 1:15PM the Men’s Club will present a special lecture by Joel Poznansky, the first Jewish officer in the Queen’s Coldstream Guards in almost 400 years.  Joel will discuss his experiences protecting Buckingham Palace and the Royal Family.  The Coldstream Guards is a part of the Guards Division, Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. It is the oldest regiment in the British Army in continuous active service, originating in Coldstream, Scotland, in 1650 when General George Monck founded the regiment.  For more information contact Paul Weinberger at or 301-229-2582.


On Tuesday Feb. 4 at 1:15PM the Men’s Club will present a special lecture by Bernie Lubran about the Ritchie Boys, a group of WWII GIs that were also German Jewish immigrants to the US.  Because they knew the language and culture of the enemy better than anyone, they were sent to a Maryland military intelligence training center called Camp Ritchie (now Fort Ritchie) and taught to interrogate or wage psychological warfare against the Nazis.  For more information contact Charles Heller at or 240-242-4040.


On Tuesday Mar. 31 at 1:15PM the Men’s Club will present a special lecture by David Silber, Ph.D. entitled “Psychology History:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.  The study and practice of Psychology, over the past 120 years, has made some astonishing advances in understanding human behavior.  However, some enormous errors have been made and, in some instances, have remained rooted in the culture and awareness of people.  For example, testing for intellectual abilities has proved to be an invaluable tool but also led to various misunderstandings with grave consequences.  Mental health pronouncements have been helpful and hurtful, in many areas.  Some of these, and perhaps others, will be reviewed and discussed.

  • 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

Club Picnic

Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center

Trolley Museum Tour

Tour Monocacy Battlefield

Doctors Day

Ed Chikadel Tribute

Trip to the Library of Congress

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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