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? | 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 21 | 1:30 PM | Mediterranean House of Kabob, 11616 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 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, Maryland 20852, (301) 881-5956. Winter or not, I’m just in the mood for some good Kabobs. When we go there everyone is always very happy. I would like to give you a statement from a happy diner: “Fresh, and cooked very well! Yum! The spices are great and portions are outstanding. I had the Feast which had chicken and Kubideh (Iranian meet kebob); both were cooked to perfection and were not dry. The onions on the side and pita were also great. The green jalapeño sauce was perfect too They also make the pita to order. This place is unique for the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurants in our area. I ate outside which was also a nice thing to have during the covid pandemic! There was plenty of hand sanitizer as well upon walking in. Thanks!”


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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, January 25 | 3:00 PM Discussion | The Defiant Ones (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 January 25 at 3:00 PM is about the movie The Defiant Ones (1958) directed by. Stanley Kramer. As a tribute to Sidney Poitier, we’ll be discussing The Defiant Ones., This movie broke new ground by delivering its story of racial intolerance through a fast-moving blend of action and suspense. John “Joker” Jackson (Tony Curtis) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier) are two convicts on the run from a Southern work gang, bound together by an unbreakable iron chain and separated by an unbridled hatred toward each other. Joker hates black men and Cullen because of the way they treat him: Cullen hates all white men. It is telling that Cullen is given very real and understandable reasons for his feelings, while Joker is only a racist. Relentlessly pursued by a posse and bloodhounds, they must put aside their differences to survive! These two men, who think they are so profoundly different, are in basic respects the same. Each is the victim of cruel oppressions, each has his hopes and dreams, and each, because of frustrations, has committed crime. The Defiant Ones was nominated for 21 awards and won 16 including 2 Oscar wins for Best Writing and Cinematography. The cast also includes Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Akins, and King Donovan. Watch for Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer as Angus, Kevin Coughlin as Billy, and Cara “Shirley” Williams as Billy’s mother. This movie is also available on Prime Video and Pluto TV (free but with ads). 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 Club Investment Group 1. The Investment Group meets 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.

Men’s Club Investment Group 2: Gary Katz is forming a second investment club. This group will meet in the IAC room on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month starting December 21. These sessions will be in-person only with no option for virtual participation. What distinguishes this group from Investment group 1? Investment Group 1’s focus will be its members’ approach to investing in specific stocks or mutual funds. 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 26 |  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 26 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 “Health Insurance Options for Seniors” 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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Men’s Club Special Lectures on Tuesday, February 1 and 8 at 1:15PM by Eric Steckler titled American and Canadian Jews and the War for Israeli Independence. Although the Israeli army was the main reason that Israel won its War of Independence, American & Canadian help was critical to the victory. This aid included funds, military equipment, and ships & recruits to fight. This was especially useful in those areas where Israeli expertise was lacking. This two-part lecture will explore how this was achieved with the aid of Jewish mobsters, industrialists, ordinary citizens, veterans of WWII, as well as cloak & dagger exploits. Part I: 1945 until the Israeli Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. Part II: The war against the Arab armies. For more information, contact David Gross at or 202-744-9047. Open to the community. – in-person and 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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