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 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 | 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? | Virtual (online) meeting using Zoom



When? | Wednesdays | 1:30 PM

Where? | Virtual (online) meeting using Zoom



Poker Group

Poker Group

Wednesdays | 7:00 PM

There are 2 poker games:

Poker Game #1- Currently Cancelled
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

Friday, June 18 | 1:30 PM | Ledo Pizza, 10058 Darnestown Rd., Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 424-2700.

The weekly lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at Ledo Pizza, 10058 Darnestown Rd., Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 424-2700. I do not know where to start. Their pizza is a winner, and of course, they have most of the Italian favorites including a wide variety of soups, salads, subs, spaghetti, lasagna, calzone, Stromboli, and whatever. As I just read: “You cannot make a wrong choice by choosing Ledo Pizza on Darnestown Road as your favorite pizza place in North Potomac.”


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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, June 22 | 3:00 PM Discussion | “Play It Again, Sam” (1976)

The film group, led by David Fenster, will discuss movies that are free from the Montgomery County library using Kanopy to watch at your convenience on your computer or tablet. The next discussion (on Zoom) on June 22 at 3:00 PM is about the movie “Play It Again, Sam” (1976) directed by Herbert Ross. Allan Felix (Woody Allen) is a neurotic film critic, obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942), who gets dumped by his wife. Now, his married friends Dick (Tony Roberts) and Linda (Diane Keaton) try in vain to fix him up. His dating skills are less than stellar, even with the advice from a recurring hallucination of his illusory idol, the cool, charismatic Humphrey Bogart (Jerry Lacy). Also, look for Susan Anspach as Nancy. Winner of Best Foreign Movie Performer (Woody Allen) at Fotogramas de Plata. Woody Allen was also nominated and won for Best Screenplay at the Faro Island Film Festival. Diane Keaton was nominated for Best Actress and Herbert Ross for Best Director at the same film festival.”… As comedies go, this is a very funny one. Woody Allen is one of those rare comedians who understand that humor can be based on pathos as well as sadism.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. For more information, contact David at and read the “Welcome back to the MC movie group” document for instructions on accessing Kanopy.


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Investment Group

Men's Club - Investment Group

Friday mornings | 10:00 AM

During the Coronavirus crisis, the Investment Group has decided to meet on Zoom weekly on Friday mornings at 10:00 AM. 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.

Currently weekly on Zoom on Friday at 10:00 AM. For more information or to be added to the email invitation list contact Steve Sherman at

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

Next Meeting | Wednesday, July 14 |  1:00 PM

The next meeting of the MHG, led by Lou Siegel, will take place online on Zoom on Wednesday, July 14 at 1:00 PM. The format is that Lou will present a case, or health issue, followed by an open discussion on that topic. The next topic is TBD. 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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Monday, June 21 at 5:30 PM: The Men’s Club is sponsoring a picnic with Big Train baseball. What could be better than a picnic dinner and a ballgame with friends this summer? Bethesda Big Train baseball at Shirley Povich Field at Cabin John Park provides small-town charm and big-league talent at an affordable price right near home. After the last fourteen challenging months, a picnic and a ballgame on a warm summer night will be a perfect get-together for our members. We will snack and schmooze between 5:30 and 6 PM and have dinner provided by Gregorio’s Trattoria and Catalyst Hot Dogs in the Davis Family Picnic Pavilion from 6 PM to 7 PM. At 7 PM the first pitch of a Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League game featuring the Bethesda Big Train and South County Braves will initiate the game. Reserved seats are behind first base. We have a reservation for up to 50 people (wives and girlfriends are welcome), but we need a firm count soon or another group will take the remaining spots. FYI, the food is not kosher. Meal choices are: A) two slices of pizza (cheese, pepperoni, or veggie) from Gregorio’s Trattoria; B) a chicken Caesar salad from Gregorio’s Trattoria; C) a cold Italian sub from Gregorio’s Trattoria; D) chicken tenders and fries from Gregorio’s Trattoria; or E) a burger or two hot dogs from Catalyst Hot Dogs. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Vince Berg at or 301-257-8362. Vince will need your $20 check for each attendee made out to JCC Men’s Club by May 31 to reserve your tickets. Please mail your check with your food selection to Vince Berg at 204 Halpine Walk Court, Rockville, Maryland 20851.

Tuesday, June 22 at 1:15 PM the Men’s Club will present a special lecture by Imani Haynes, Education Program Manager, Josiah Henson Museum and Park. Imani will talk about the life of Reverend Josiah Henson, his connection to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Toms Cabin, and the Josiah Henson Museum and Park. For more information, contact Steve Raucher at or 301-318-4969. Open to the community. – On Zoom


History of past events

Excursion to the Cloud

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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