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
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 Burt Bachrach (410-330-2510)

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, September 17 | 1:30 PM | Brooklyn’s Deli, 1089 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854, (301) 340-3354

The weekly lunch get-together, organized by Ed Chidakel, will meet at 1:30 PM at Brooklyn’s Deli, 1089 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854, (301) 340-3354. How about a great outdoor open-air restaurant, one we’re all familiar with because we have been there several times? I would like to go on and on about their wonderful Hamish food, but you all know about it. Instead of a comment from some happy customer, I’ll just strongly advise you to take a quick pick on the inside and note their very interesting walls lined up with terrific photos. One very quick comment from them: “Brooklyn’s “Wall of Fame” is comprised of so many of our celebrities who visit us regularly…our friends and family! Our catering department provides custom platters for 10 to 100 guests for any occasion or holiday. We provide a wide selection of salads, homemade meats, and fish, and other foods. This is unmistakably a true deli atmosphere.”


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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, October 12 | 3:00 PM Discussion | “Walk on Water” (2004)

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 October 12 at 3:00 PM is about the movie “Walk on Water” (2004) directed by Eytan Fox. In this thrilling drama, a homophobic Israeli intelligence agent grappling with the recent suicide of his wife is assigned to befriend the granddaughter and gay grandson of a Nazi war criminal. Eytan Fox) delicately conveys the complex traumas haunting both modern Israel and the individual psyches of his characters. In this way, Walk on Water illuminates the ways that the personal and the political aspects always intersect. This film stars Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger and Caroline Peters. It was nominated for 10 awards and won six including winning the Top Foreign Film by the National Board of Review Awards and being nominated for Best Film, Actor, Director, Screenplay, and Cinematography at the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy. Tom Long of the Detroit News wrote “If there are no simple solutions offered to calm Israel’s troubles, there is still hope in this fine portrait of a country torn too many ways” and Ty Burr of the Boston Globe stated “Ambitious, troubled, worthy inquisition into the soul of modern Israel.” This movie is also available on Amazon Prime. 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, October 13 |  1:00 PM

The next meeting of the MHG, led by Lou Siegel, will take place both in person at the JCC and online on Zoom on Wednesday, October 13 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 “MHG will have a fascinating session led by MC member, and MHG’s The Doctor’s Inn audiology specialist, Dr Richard Israel. We’ll hear how his career spanned the globe from founding Istanbul’s first-ever audiology program to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he became the Director of the Sleep Lab until his retirement in 2018. The talk will be followed by a discussion and Q&A on hearing loss, tinnitus, hearing aids and associated matters.” 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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Nationals Baseball Game Vs. Boston Red Sox October 3, 2021, at 3:05 PM: Steve Goldberg ( is trying to arrange for a group outing to the Nationals game. We need 25 members to commit to going to get a discount price. He is considering that we meet in Bethesda/Rockville for brunch before the game and then traveling to it together. More details to follow.

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

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

Trip to The Museum of the Bible

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

Trip to The National Museum of Health & Medicine

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

Tour of Nats Stadium

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Visit to Strathmore Music Center

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Hannukah Party 2017

  • Click Here to see pictures and info from our celebration!