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 $50 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 or Toby Gottesman at  240-221-3553.


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General Meeting | Poker Group | Dining Out Group | Scrabble Group | Yiddish Language Group | Film Group | Investment Group | Men’s Health | Talk SportsSpecial 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? | In-person & Virtual (online) meeting using Zoom



When? | Wednesdays | 1:30 PM

Where? | In-person & Virtual (online) meeting using Zoom



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
Ron Kligman Home – Call Ron Kligman (240-606-8500)

Poker Game #2
Second & Fourth Thursday evenings at 7 PM
Off Bender JCC premises
Vince Berg Home – Call Vince Berg (301-257-8362)

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

Friday, December 9 | 1:30 PM | Mama Wok, 9900 Key West Ave, Suite C, Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: (301) 838-0380

The weekly lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at Mama Wok, 9900 Key West Ave, Suite C, Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: (301) 838-0380. We are going to a great place that we ate at in November where several of the guys gave it great reviews. They have large round tables, good service, and great food. I couldn’t pass up telling you about this from one happy customer: “Our order from another local Chinese restaurant was cancelled and Mama Wok saved our dinner plans. Mama Wok was accurate in their timing of when the food would be ready Since the restaurant is only 6 minutes away from our home, our order was still hot when I served it on our dinner table. Our order included moo she pork, sizzling beef (tender beef with onions and mushrooms), fish filet in wine sauce (large pieces if white fish), and Taiwanese rice noodles (thin rice noodles with chicken and small amount of cabbage and carrots). Our meal was very satisfying, and the portions are great, so we had leftovers for another meal.”


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Scrabble Group

2nd & 4th Friday of Every Month | 10:00 AM

Michael Leonard 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 (NOTE: NEW TIME) at the tables in the JCC atrium lobby near the display cases.  If you are interested, contact Michael at (301) 785-6329 (c) or

Currently Cancelled

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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.

Virtual (online) meeting using Zoom

For more information or to be add to the email list contact Vince Berg at 301-257-8362.

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

Tuesday, December 13 | 3:00 PM Discussion | “Kansas City Confidential.” (1952)

The film group, led by David Fenster, will discuss movies that are available from Netflix (or another streaming service) or are free from the Montgomery County library using Kanopy to watch at your convenience on your computer or tablet. The next discussion (on Zoom and in-person in the JCC Board room) on December 13 at 3:00 PM is about the movie “Kansas City Confidential.” (1952) directed by Phil Karlson. In this noir-thriller, three convicts are contracted by a mysterious benefactor to pull a bank heist. The four men, having worn masks during the crime, are complete strangers and are anonymous to one another, but plan to meet up in Mexico to divvy up the loot. Part of their master plan is to frame the robbery on Joe Rolfe (John Payne), an ex-con himself. Little do they know, Rolfe has convinced the police of his innocence and has now been hired to catch the true culprits. The movie also stars: Coleen Gray as Helen Foster; Preston Foster as Tim Foster; Neville Brand as Boyd Kane; Lee Van Cleef as Tony Romano; and Jack Elam as Pete Harris. Kanopy rates this as a “Must-See Classic Film.” According to Variety, “Director Phil Karlson reins his cast in a grim atmosphere that develops momentum through succeeding reels. Payne delivers an impressive portrayal of an unrelenting outsider who cracks the ring.” Time magazine characterized it as “A ‘perfect crime’ plot!.” This movie is available for free on Kanopy (Montgomery County Public Library site) and Amazon Prime.


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Investment Group

Men's Club - Investment Group

Friday mornings | 10:00 AM

Men’s Investment Group 1. The Investment Group meets on Zoom weekly on Friday mornings at 10:00 AM. It is led by Steve Sherman who is both a CPA and an attorney and has extensive experience in both long-term investments and trading. The group discusses all types of investment styles such as value or growth investing, the use of stock options, stock charts, financial ratios, etc. It discusses individual stocks or industry sectors for investing and current market events. All participants are encouraged to share their views on various types of investing including dividend stocks, growth stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs. They also discuss their own investment portfolios and strategies and comment on general market conditions. If you wish to participate in any of these meetings contact Steve Sherman at or 202-244-5950 and he will send you a Zoom invitation.

Men’s Investment Group 2. Gary Katz has formed a second investment club. This group will meet in the Social Hall (or Gallery) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. These meetings will be in-person only with no option for virtual participation. Its focus will be its members’ approach to investing in specific stocks or mutual funds which distinguish this group from Investment Group 1. Other topics would, of course, be welcome. If you are interested in becoming a part of this group, please contact Gary at or 847 212 7490 (c).

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Men's Health Group (Let's Talk Men's Health)

Next Meeting | Wednesday, December 14 | 1:00 PM | In-person & Virtual (online) meeting using Zoom

The next meeting of the MHG, led by Lou Siegel, will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at 1:00 PM both in-person and on Zoom. A case or health issue will be presented, followed by an open discussion. The next topic is “The male genitourinary tract. Problems with urinating and ED can plague the aging male. We’ll discuss causes and solutions to these two common issues.” No medical or surgical advice or guidance will be given. To enable an open/frank discussion, attendance is restricted to Men’s Club members and prospective members.

Our health issues too often complicate healthy aging.  These issues cause us to deal with worry, fear, helplessness in making significant decisions, etc.  Worse, they bring us to confront health care, doctors, hospitals, and our mortality, even death and dying.  Many opportunities do not exist where men can openly discuss these deeply personal issues in a setting with others similarly affected and non-judgmental, and where some expertise, guidance, and ‘inside-the-biz’ information is available.

This group aims to empower our members with the right kind and amount of knowledge to engage the healthcare system and provide a platform to share their issues, experiences, and feelings.

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Talk Sports Group

Talk Sports Group. Burt Abramowitz is starting a new group for the Men’s Club. Its name tells you exactly what we would do, talk about sports! This group will meet on Zoom only on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 1:00 PM so the full weekend of sports would be fresh on our minds. We would also discuss the sports of our youth to the present. This would be a lot of fun. Burt will moderate the sessions.

Please email Burt at if you wish to join the group and receive Zoom invitations. The group will meet on Zoom and then transition to in-person at the JCC only when Covid-19 subsides.

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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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Men’s Club Special Lecture on Tuesday, December 6 at 1:15 PM titled Africa Will Break Your Heart by Mark Edelman, former US Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon and former Assistant Administrator for Africa at USAID. It’s difficult to generalize about the continent of Africa with a population of 1.4 billion people, about 2,000 languages and an area 3 times that of the United States. Yet, it appears to Mark that, all too often, when some seem to be making progress, an unforeseen event occurs to strike them down again. It can break your heart. For more information, contact Toby Gottesman at or 240-221-3553. Open to the community. – On Zoom.

Men’s Club Hannukah Celebration on Tuesday, December 20 at 1:15 PM. Join us for a festive Hanukkah party where we will light the menorah to celebrate the Festival of Lights and have lunch with latkes. Be sure not to miss it! Men’s Club members only. For more information, contact Ed Chidakel at or 301-840-8096.

Men’s Club Special Lecture on Tuesday, January 10 at 1:15 PM titled Jewish Views on Transplantation and Organ Donation by Rabbi Steven M. Glazer, DHL, DD, Bioethics Faculties, Georgetown, George Washington, and Uniformed Services University Schools of Medicine. One of the many “miracles” that recent advances in science and medicine have fostered is transplantation, the replacement of an organ. Transplants are closely related to several other recent innovations in technology. In this session, Rabbi Glazer will discuss transplantations from medical, scientific, ethical, and Jewish perspectives. He will also include the most recent advance in the field, xenotransplantations, i.e., transplantations from animals to humans. Finally, he will discuss the permissibility of organ donations according to Jewish law. For more information, contact Chuck Brownstein at or 240-463-5891. Open to the community. – On Zoom.

History of past events

Trip to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

College Park Aviation Museum Tour

Third Cabin John Park Picnic

Men’s Health Group

Second Annual Cabin John Park Picnic

Big Train Picnic

Excursion to the Cloud

Tour Holocaust Museum

Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center

Trolley Museum Tour

Tour Monocacy Battlefield

Cabin John Park Picnic

Ed Chikadel Tribute

Doctors Day

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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Visit to Strathmore Music Center

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Hannukah Party 2017

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Tour of Washington Nations Park

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