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, January 13 | 1:30 PM | House of Kabob, 11616 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 881-5956.

The weekly 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. We are going to the Mediterranean House of Kabob. If I may list just a few of the many offerings — chicken, beef, and lamb kebob plus a Greek salad, gyro sandwich, chicken kabob sandwich as well as many other menu items. This is from one very happy customer: “I found this place on accident – I didn’t have enough cash to enjoy the restaurant next door, so I ended up here. The restaurant is a bit hole-in-the-wall-ish, so I had high hopes. I ordered the chicken kabobs with salad, the subs had a falafel, and we split the hummus and bread. Fantastic! The chicken was super moist and juicy, and the salad had actual fresh veggies, big chunks of mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, etc. The tzatziki they serve with the salad is great, and the flatbread was fresh from the oven warm (we watched them make it while we were ordering). My hubby’s falafel was really good – a bit different than most I’ve seen in the area, as it’s wrapped in the flatbread, and the falafel balls themselves were incredibly moist and flavorful”.


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Scrabble Group

1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month | 12:30 PM

Michael Leonard is organizing and facilitating a Scrabble Group.  He will supply a good Scrabble set to play with.  1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 12:30 PM in the JCC atrium.  For more information or to let him know that you will join the game, please contact Michael Leonard at or at (301)785-6329. Open to all!

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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, January 10 | 3:00 PM Discussion | “The Gray Man.” (2022)

The film group, led by David Fenster, will discuss movies available from Netflix (or another streaming service) or 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 January 10 at 3:00 PM is about the movie “The Gray Man.” (2022) directed by David Mackenzie. Netflix slated the Russo brothers’ big-budget, explosive action thriller for a streaming debut in summer 2022. The film peaked at No. 1 on MOVIEmeter soon after, thanks to the star power of Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, and Dhanush. IMDb rated this movie as the 7 th best movie of 2022. When the CIA’s most skilled operative-whose identity is known to none, accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins. Ryan Gosling is agent Sigma Six. Chris Evans plays the psychotic Llyod Hansen. Ana de Armas is Dani Miranda. Billy Bod Thorton is Fitzroy. Jessica Henwick is Suzanne Brewer. Dhanush is Avik San. Alfre Woodard is Margaret Cahill. Rege-Jean Page is Carmichael. Julia Butters is Claire. This movie is available on NetFlix..


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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, January 11 | 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, January 11 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 “A review of the human nervous system, its structure, and flaws.” 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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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

  • Click Here to see pictures and info from the tour and read about the impressive day!

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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