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, May 27 | 1:30 PM | Ledo Pizza, 10058 Darnestown Rd., North Potomac, 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., North Potomac, MD 20850, 301-424-2700. Ledo’s Pizza started with one shop in the 50s and now has over 100 locations. You know – the one with pizza, salads, wings, subs, calzones, strombolis, calzones and a lot of other things. Interesting, fun word on their pizza — Ledo Pizza is Square because Ledo Pizza Never Cuts Corners. It comes with a rich combination of tomatoes, cream, parmesan and Romano cheeses with a hint of Vodka. This secret Ledo Pizza family recipe is now available to serve with your favorite pasta dish. Orders are always made fresh.


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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, May 24 | 3:00 PM Discussion | “The Big Country” (1958)

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 May 24 at 3:00 PM is about the movie “The Big Country” (1958) directed by William Wyler. A New England Sea captain (Gregory Peck) in the 1880s arrives at his fiancée’s (Carol Baker) sprawling Texas ranch, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families (Burl Ives vs Charles Bickford) over a valuable patch of land. As the reluctant hero is thrust into the maelstrom, he must summon all his resolve to save his own life and the life of the woman he loves. Burl Ives won a Supporting Actor Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role in this action-packed adventure that triumphs as a work of art. It also features Jean Simmons and Charlton Heston. The musical score and haunting main these were nominated for an Academy Award. The music and cinematography add substantially to the acting, writing, and plot. Dave saw this in the movies and read the novel written by Donald Hamilton. This is one of the rare cases where the movie, in his opinion, is much better than the book. This movie is available for free on Amazon Prime and Pluto. tv. 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

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, May 25 |  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, May 25 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 “MC member Robert Seasonwein will discuss his personal experiences with back pain and surgical treatment after which there will be an open discussion. Please bring your own personal stories to share.” 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 talk openly about 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 health care 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, May 17 at 1:15 PM titled An Overview of Bioethics from a Jewish Perspective by Rabbi Steven M. Glazer, DHL, DD, Principal, Bioethics Faculties, Georgetown, George Washington, and Uniformed Services University Schools of Medicine. The amazing advances in science, medicine, and technology have been responsible for the rapid rise of the relatively new field of Bioethics. In his presentation, rabbi and bioethicist, Steve Glazer, will offer a brief introduction to the field (which covers issues ranging from in vitro fertilization to brain death) from a Jewish perspective. This will be followed by an interactive discussion of a sample case. For more information, contact Chuck Brownstein at or 240-463-5891. Open to the community. – In-person and On Zoom.

Men’s Club Special Lecture on Tuesday, May 24 at 1:15 PM titled Russia, Ukraine, and Beyond by Stuart Goldman, Ph.D. Dr. Goldman has been teaching and writing about Russia and war his entire adult life: first as a professor of Russian history at Penn State; then as the principal specialist on Russian/Eurasian political/military affairs for Congress; finally, as a published author in the field of military history. Soon after Putin’s invasion, Dr. Goldman started a blog: “Russia, Ukraine, and Beyond” His talk will be on some aspect of that conflict, and the specific focus will be based on recent developments. For more information, contact Toby Gottesman at or 240-221-3553. Open to the community. – On Zoom.

SAVE THE DATE! Planning for the Men’s Club Picnic on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 1:00 PM is well underway! The same site as last time, the Cabin John Group Picnic Area, located at 7701 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, MD has been reserved. Volunteers make our events a success, so please step up to help at the picnic. Mike Baker (MikeBaker17@Gmail.Com) is leading and managing logistics; Mike and his team will purchase all the needed supplies. Dave Fenster ( is our grill master. Join him for a fun hot time! Sheldon Lehner ( will be the ringmaster for fun events. All these tasks are huge jobs, so please contact the appropriate group leader to volunteer to help. Stan Ginsberg ( has volunteered as picnic comptroller. If you wish to attend, please notify Stan No Later Than May 31st (150 Chevy Chase St., #303, Gaithersburg, MD 20878) and send him the $10 picnic fee (by check made out to Stan Ginsberg).

Men’s Club Special Lecture on Tuesday, June 21 at 1:15 PM titled Supporting Maryland’s Small Business Owners by Paul Bardack, Director, Maryland Small Business Development Center. Maryland offers a number of programs to help current small business owners, and those thinking of the possibility one day of starting their own companies. Paul will talk about those programs and answer questions regarding who might benefit from each of them. For more information, contact Fred Poker at or 703-628-6425. Open to the community. – On Zoom.

History of past events

Second Annual Picnic

Men’s Health Group

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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