Recent News

Thank You for Supporting Betel at the Toronto Challenge!

On Sunday, June 10, a group of Bernard Betel Centre staff, volunteers, family and friends took part in the Toronto Challenge, including Betel's own 100-year-old Evelyn Rabkin. Evelyn walked the 1km route and won 'oldest participant' in that event!

Thank you to all of our donors! We are accepting donations until the end of June, so please consider donating to help support the Bernard Betel Centre programs and services.

You can donate in-person at the Betel Centre or online:


Oil Paintings For Sale!

We’re pleased to announce that after many inquiries and offers, the Russian Oil Painting Class is now selling their work. We have 17 gorgeous landscapes and still life paintings for sale.

The Art Sale is on now and will continue until July 3, and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservation permitted.

For more information about availability and prices, please contact Jen MacDonald at or 416-225-2112, ext. 105 or view the attached inventory list.


Recruiting New Members' Council Members

The Bernard Betel Centre Members' Council is currently recruiting new Members' Council members. If you are interested in volunteering on the Council in advising our Executive Director, Gail Gould, on the operations of the Bernard Betel Centre, please fill out the attached Members' Council Application Form or pick up an Application Form at Reception.

Members’ Council meets on a monthly basis and currently has two members who sit on the Bernard Betel Centre Board of Directors.

For more information please contact Gail Gould, Executive Director, at


Support the Bernard Betel Centre at the Toronto Challenge!

Since 1991, the Toronto Challenge has been bringing together participants from all ages and abilities to raise funds for non-profit organizations that are improving the quality of life for seniors in the community. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, June 10 at Nathan Philips Square. The Toronto Challenge is a 1km walk, 5km walk or 5km run.

For a fourth year, the Bernard Betel Centre has joined as a participating agency. We will have a group of staff, board members, volunteers and seniors walking and running together raising funds to reach our $5,000 fundraising goal.


CLOSED: Sunday, May 6

Due to an ongoing power outage at the centre, the Bernard Betel Centre will be CLOSED on Sunday, May 6th. We greatly apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

We're Hiring! Summer Student Positions Available

We're hiring a Communications and Social Media Assistant and a Program Assistant.

See attached job postings for both positions. Both positions start July 3, 2018.

2018 Canada Summer Jobs - Eligibility Criteria:
To apply, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
• Is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
• Was registered as full-time student in the previous academic year and intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;


Job Opportunity: Director, Development

We're hiring! See attached Job Posting for additional details.

Please send cover letter and resume to by Wednesday, May 30, 2018.


Artists-in-Residence Program

We’re starting an Artist-in-Residence program this fall!

We’re pleased to invite local artists/collectives to propose, design, and lead a 6-8 week workshop series in exchange for the use of our studio space. We’re looking for innovative artists/collectives working in any medium from painting to performance.

Please see the Open Call attached for more details.
Applications are due on Friday, June 1 to Jen MacDonald at 


Call for Nominations - Board of Directors

The Bernard Betel Centre (BBC) is a publicly funded agency that focuses on empowering seniors to lead active, creative, and healthy lifestyles, in a Jewish environment. Based in north central Toronto, serving over 5,000 seniors, we provide exemplary, multilingual educational, cultural and wellness programs in a safe and supportive environment to encourage healthy, active and creative living for individuals 55+.


Happy National Volunteer Week!


Each year, during the month of April, we formally recognize and celebrate the important role and generous contribution that our Volunteer Team makes in the lives of our members, clients and community. We are proud of our 300+ volunteers who last year gave their time, energy and passion and together contributed 23,758 hours of community service.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Bernard Betel Centre, please contact Cheryl Besner at 416-225-2112, ext. 127 or