Recent News

Elder Abuse in Ethnic Communities Conference a Huge Success!

On Friday, March 9, the Bernard Betel Centre organized and hosted a provincial conference on Elder Abuse in Ethic Communities with funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. We hosted over 150 professionals from across the country working in the area of elder abuse.

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Members from the National Young Leadership Cabinet Volunteer at Betel

Our Sunday, March 4 program was energized by the volunteer assistance of members of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, a leadership and philanthropic program within the Jewish Federations of North America. These young volunteers were participating in a Day of Service within local communities throughout North America.


New Rates for Membership Effective April 1, 2018

Starting April 1, 2018, the cost for an annual Bernard Betel Centre membership will be $55 (+HST) per year. This equals to a little over $1 a week! Due to the rising costs of food, consumable products, and programs, we find ourselves needing to raise our rates. After much research and surveying similar centres, our rates are best practice. We thank you for your understanding and welcome any questions you may have.

Betel's Gail Gould Receives 150 Commemorative Medal

Congratulations and Mazel Tov to our Executive Director, Gail Gould for receiving the Willowdale 150 Commemorative Medal presented by MP Ali Ehsassi. This medal is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to Willowdale and whose great achievements as upstanding citizens deserve special recognition.

Bernard Betel Centre Hosting Elder Abuse Conference

On Friday, March 9, 2018, thanks to funding provided by the Province of Ontario, the Bernard Betel Centre in partnership with Elder Abuse Ontario is hosting a province-wide conference “Elder Abuse in Ethnic Communities: Aging in a New Country”. This conference will feature lectures by keynote speakers, engaging workshops and a panel discussion by experienced professionals working directly with immigrant seniors and their families. It will address a multitude of issues faced by seniors in general and immigrant seniors in particular.


Betel Receives Grant from MAZON Canada

In November and December, as part of the "J-Meals at Betel: Holiday & Shabbat Meal Programs for Jewish Seniors & Holocaust Survivors Experiencing Poverty" program, the Bernard Betel Centre hosted three intergenerational programs, including two Shabbat dinners and a Hanukkah J-Meal program. These programs were possible with the generous support and funding from MAZON Canada.


Upcoming Centre Closings

We will be closed on the following days:
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 26 - Boxing Day
Monday, January 1 - New Year's Day

Please note that in addition to the above dates, the Betel Centre Cafeteria will be closed on December 27, 28 and 29.

Staying Home When You Are Sick

Flu season is upon us, and we want to remind all our members to stay home if you are feeling unwell. Staying home when you are sick is important to avoid spreading the illness and making your friends, our volunteers and staff sick, to recover properly, and allowing your body the time and rest it needs.

Here are some tips to help strengthen your immune system and help prevent the spread of illness:
(1) cover your cough with your sleeve
(2) stay at home if you are unwell
(3) wash your hands often
(4) get enough rest and regular exercise
(5) eat well and drink water regularly

Giving Tuesday

This is no ordinary Tuesday. It is a special and important day in our community. Today is Giving Tuesday! Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not everyone knows about Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a new movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

United Way CN Tower Stair Climb

On Sunday, November 5, a small but mighty team from the Bernard Betel Centre participated in the CN Tower Climb raising funds for the United Way of Toronto and York Region. The team skipped the elevator and conquered all 1,776 steps to reach the top! They had a great time, and raised $2,161 doing it! Thank you to everyone that supported the Bernard Betel Centre team and the United Way of Toronto and York Region. To learn more about the CN Tower Stair Climb for United Way, please visit: