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 | Virtual (online) meeting using Zoom


When? | Wednesdays | 1:30 PM

Where? | Social Hall

Facilitator | 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
Call Len Blackman (301-294-6801)

Poker Game #2 – Currently Cancelled
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.

Currently Cancelled


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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, 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.

Tentative on Zoom


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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.

Virtual (online) meeting using Zoom

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 | Tentative on Zoom

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, Mar. 31 at 1:15 PM the Men’s Club will present a special lecture by David Silber, Ph.D. entitled “Psychology:  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.

Tuesday, April 14 | 1:15 PM
Special Lecture – Mayo Friedlis, MD – The Art and Science of Regenerative Medicine the Men’s Club will present a special lecture by Dr. Mayo Friedlis, MD, Virginia Director, National Spine & Pain Centers/StemCell ARTS entitled “The Art and Science of Regenerative Medicine.” Learn the facts about the new treatments involving Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cells. Dr, Friedlis will address: Why biologics?; Different kinds of biologics and their uses; Outcomes after treatment, real numbers; How to differentiate different products and procedures; and What is right for you? For more information, contact Albert Perry at or 240-606-3220.

On Sunday, May 3 at 1:30 PM Men’s Club members are going to Washington Nationals Park for the game with the Cincinnati Reds, who are projected to win the NL Central Division. Tickets are $53 which includes a $15 concession credit. We need to have the deposits completed by March 31 in order to line up the best seats. At least 15 people are needed to participate. If you wish to attend the game, contract Steve Goldberg ( who will start collecting on March 17th. Details on where we will meet, and transportation options will follow.


On Thursday, May 28 – Tour of Nationals Park:  Because the last tour of Nationals Park a few years ago was such a success, we are planning another one this season. Larry Katz has tentatively booked our same guide, Maria, to take us around. She is available on Thursday, May 28, when the Nationals will be out of town. The tour, which lasts at least 90 minutes, will include visits to the press box, luxury suites, the Nationals’ dugout, the bullpen where you may throw some pitches, the visiting clubhouse, exhibits of past teams and players, and much more. The Nationals have not yet set this year’s charge for private tours, but it should come out to $20-25 per person if we get at least 20 participants. More information to follow. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Larry Katz,

History of past events

Tour Holocaust Museum

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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