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, August 12 | 1:30 PM | Hibachi Sushi Supreme Buffet, 8 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301) 208-7305

The weekly lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at Hibachi Sushi Supreme Buffet, 8 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301) 208-7305. How about a Chinese Buffet? You know the one – with the vast array of choices from dumplings to ribs to just about everything in between. They offer a Hibachi section where you choose the ingredients and they cook it before your eyes, many types of just made Sushi, various kinds of soups, a salad section, and a dessert section of cakes, pies, ice cream, chocolate fountain, and on and on. Perhaps its website can state it better: “We have over 250 different items on the bar. Plus, we have a Hibachi section where you can pick and choose to make up your own menu. Then we can cook it on the Hibachi for you at no additional charge. We offer ribeye steak, salmon fish, shrimp, General Tso’s Chicken, clams, spareribs, different selections of Sushi, a large selection of salads, fruits & desserts. The buffet area at Hibachi Sushi Supreme Buffet offers Italian, American, Japanese, and sometimes even Mexican food alongside the traditional Chinese fare.”


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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, August 9 | 3:00 PM Discussion | “High Noon” (1952)

The film group, led by David Fenster, will discuss movies that are available from Netflix (or another streaming service) or are 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 August 9 at 3:00 PM is about the movie “High Noon” (1952) directed by Fred Zinnermann. Gary Cooper won the Academy Award for the Best Actor in this classic tale of a lawman, Marshal Will Kane, who stands alone to defend a town of cowardly citizens against a gang of revenge-seeking criminals. The gang (Lee Van Cleef, Robert J. Wilke and Sheb Wooley) wait for their pardoned leader, Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) who is due to arrive on the high noon train. Various clocks reveal the time is getting short. The townspeople urge Kane to get out of town, but the Marshal insists on facing his responsibilities. In the greatest showdown in the history of cinema, Cooper stands to lose not only the town but his new wife, a peace-loving Quaker, played by Grace Kelly in her first starring role. The film also stars one of Hollywood’s most beloved and prolific actors, Lloyd Bridges, as Will’s deputy. The cast includes Katy Jurado, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, and Thomas Mitchel in strong supporting roles. High Noon garnered four other Academy Awards including Best Film Editing, Score (Dimitri Tiomkin), and Original Song (Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington). The ballad theme song (“Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling”) adds to the suspense-filled finale. won the Oscar for best music. won the Oscar for best song. Fred Zinnemann was nominated for Best Director. The movie was also nominated for Best Picture. Fred Zinnemann’s movie is a great suspense Western and a stark allegory of the climate of fear and suspicion prevailing during the McCarthy era. Carl Foreman wrote the screenplay and that led to his being blacklisted by the HUAC. Why? “Meaningful in its implications, as well as loaded with interest and suspense, High Noon is a western to challenge Stagecoach for the all-time championship.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times. This movie is available on PlutoTV. For more information, contact David at


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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, August 10 |  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, August 10 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 “De Agony of De Feet- The feet are the most ‘overlooked’ part of the human body. We’ll discuss common and not-so-common disorders of the feet and current treatments and preventions.” 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, September 13 at 1:15 PM titled American Democracy Hanging by a Thread: The Senate’s Crucial Role by Ira Shapiro, President, Ira Shapiro Global Strategies, LLC. Ira’s presentation documents the pivotal challenges facing the Senate during the Trump administration, arguing that the body’s failure to provide leadership represents the most catastrophic failure of government in American history. Ira’s recent book completes what Brooking’s scholar William A. Galston calls “an epic trilogy” about the Senate. He also critiques the Senate’s performance during President Biden’s first year in office and looks forward to the 2022 Senate elections and beyond. For more information, contact Martin Frank at or 301-332-5537. 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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