Men's Club

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ABOUT

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: benjccgwmensclub@gmail.com.

HOW DO I JOIN?

Fill out this form!

WEEKLY MEETINGS & GROUPS

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 | Don Vogel

 

When? | Wednesdays | 2:00 PM

Where? | Social Hall

Facilitator | Colin Alter

 

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 24 | Mediterranean House of Kabob, 11616 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-881-5956

The weekly Friday lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at Mediterranean House of Kabob, 11616 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-881-5956.  “Chicken Kabob w/ rice is my all-time favorite and I’ve yet to divert from it.  I should try the Falafel one of these times, but I can’t stay away from my favorite.  I also order extra pita bread by itself because it’s delicious! It’s a great place to sit down and have a meal without being overcrowded.

 

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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 blumsteinr@verizon.net.

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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 28 | Voyage of the Damned (1976)

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 Voyage of the Damned (1976).  This moving film tells the story of the SS St. Louis carrying hundreds go German Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.  However, no nation seems to be willing to save them from certain doom.

 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 22 | 1:00 PM
Topic: ARE YOU FORGETTING TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINES…OR OTHER THINGS?”  The role of medications in memory loss. If you can’t remember what you take, bring a list of your meds to discuss & “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 22, 2020, at 1:00 PM 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 beARE YOU FORGETTING TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINES…OR OTHER THINGS?”  The role of medications in memory loss. If you can’t remember what you take, bring a list of your meds to discuss & “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 isaacbokman@yahoo.com 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 paulandadam1@gmail.com 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 proteausa@gmail.com 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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