Virtual Programming

We are excited to be able to offer some FREE online programming to our Bernard Betel Centre community through Zoom and on Facebook Live. More programming will be added, so check back often!

Virtual Programming Calendar SEPTEMBER 2020

Art Appreciation
Join us for a short lecture and discussion about some of the most exciting artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.The lectures will explore an artist’s oeuvre, personal life, and the socio-cultural framework that shaped their practice. Lecturer: Jen MacDonald, BFA, MA Art History
Friday, September 11 – Maud Lewis
Friday, September 25 – Mark Rothko
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Ask the Expert
Book a one-on-one 30 minute session with computer expert, Ron Berman. Appointments can be done over the phone or via Zoom. To book an appointment email Dianne at or call 416-225-2112, ext 128.
Every Monday and Wednesday starting September 2
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cooking Club
Join a variety of home chefs and experts as we discuss cooking, recipes, healthy eating and have some fun in the kitchen!
Wednesday, September 2 – Katie Giles – lentil soup
Wednesday, September 9 –
Irine Dubinski – Korean inspired salads
Wednesday, September 16 – Jen MacDonald – vegan chipotle mac & cheese
Wednesday, September 23 –
Maria Lindgren – healthy make ahead breakfasts and snacks
Wednesday, September 30 – TBD
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Creative Writing
Participants will discuss creative writing, read their works aloud, and receive feedback in a supportive and friendly environment. Facilitator: Judith Weinryb
Every Friday
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Registration required. Register HERE

Drawing and Acrylic
Express yourself in this online drawing and painting class. Maya, the instructor, will provide feedback about composition, colour mixing, and application techniques. Some experience with drawing and/or painting is recommended. Some drawing and/or painting supplies required. Required supplies will depend on your imagined project. Please contact Jen MacDonald for more information at
Instructor: Maya Vinokurov
Tuesday, September 1 – 29
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Cost: $25
Registration required. To register for Drawing and Acrylic, please call 416-225-2112, ext. 0 to register over the phone. A Zoom link will be provided once registered.

Fitness Classes

Gentle Fitness Class

Maria will lead us through a low impact fitness class in a Facebook Live video. Join us from the comfort of your own home! Instructor: Maria Lindgren
Every Monday
12:00 pm
No registration required. Like and Follow our Facebook page, and pop on at 12:00 pm to join the class!

Morning Energizer Fitness Class
Maria will lead an energizing morning class working on strength and aerobic exercises! Instructor: Maria Lindgren
Every Thursday
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Registration required. Register HERE

French Conversation Club
Parlez-vous Francais? This group is designed for French-speakers to explore the French language through music, literature, poems, and jokes. Experience speaking French is necessary.
Thursday, September 10 and 21
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Guided Mindful Meditation
Join us for a short, simple guided meditation. Take a moment to be mindful, present and rest. Everyone is welcome! Facilitator: Jen MacDonald
Tuesday, September 8 – 29
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Intro to Improv Comedy
Do you have a sense of humour and are looking to try something new? Try the Intro to Improv Comedy program! This 4-week workshop starts you at the ground floor. Explore storytelling, skits, character building, movement, dialogue, and quick-thinking. Headphones with a built-in microphone will work best for this program. Facilitator: Jordan Max
Thursday, September 3 – 24
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Memoir Writing: What’s Your Story?
Everyone has a story to share! Through exercises, motivational prompts, and congenial discussion, you will record your memories for future generations. Your family and friends will cherish the stories of the events that shaped your life and the lives of those around you. Facilitator: Carolyn Peters
Begins Wednesday, September 16
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Memory Boosters
Stay sharp and challenge your mind with riddles, puzzles, games and trivia as part of a fun and energetic group.
Every Thursday
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

News, Views, and Schmooze
This discussion group will explore the latest happenings around the world. Each week, Harvey and Judy will thoughtfully curate a selection of articles including but not limited to news, think pieces, cutting-edge research, and human interest pieces to discuss. Facilitator: Harvey and Judy Skolnick
Every Monday
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Russian Golden Age Cultural Program
Programs for Russian-speakers.
English Conversation Club
ПО ВТОРНИКАМ с 11 до 12 часов дня
Register here:

Shizen Ha – Japanese Tai Chi
Learn about Shizen Ha, a form of gentle nature therapy to calm our minds and take part in gentle movements. Facilitator: David Chandross
Every Friday
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE


Thursday, September 3 – ‘Computer Safety’
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
It is always important to brush up on our computer safety skills! Join our very own computer wiz, Dianne, to learn more on the latest scams and how to keep safe online. Facilitator: Dianne Erdos-Rush. Register HERE

Thursday, September 10 – Effective Communication with Older Adults during COVID-19
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join Canadian Hearing Services to learn about hearing loss with age, effective communication strategies especially with masks, and device options. Facilitator: Alyona Popova, Canadian Hearing Services. Register HERE

Tuesday, September 8 – Antisemitism Then and Now
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join history lover, Warren Green, to discuss Antisemitism in the past and what we still see now. Facilitator: Warren Green Register HERE

Tuesday, September 15 – Escape to Southeast Asia
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Since we can’t travel right now, we will take a photographic journey to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with Travel Lecturer, Susan Brown. Register HERE

Tuesday, September 22 – Diabetes Management
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Do you have diabetes or want to learn more about the types of diabetes and how to best manage it? Join Diabetes Educators to learn more! Facilitator: Diabetes Educators, Vaughan Community Health Centre. Register HERE

Thursday, September 24 – Book Club “Cleopatra: A Life”
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
We will review and discuss the book, “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff. Read the book before or after you join. Facilitator: Norma Vale. Register HERE

To connect to Zoom:
-Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to the Zoom meeting. Follow the instructions to download Zoom.
-Once you are in the system, click “Join with Video” and “Join with Computer Audio”.
-If Zoom asks to access your camera and/or microphone, say YES.
-You can also use your smart phone to join. You need to first download the “Zoom” app from the App store.

To Connect to Zoom (Russian)

For any issues or questions about our virtual programs, please contact Maria Lindgren at

For more information about COVID-19, please visit COVID-19 Updates and COVID-19 Resources.

14 thoughts on “Virtual Programming”

  1. Kudos to Bernard Betel and it’s staff and volunteers for keeping us connected, informed and entertained during this horrific pandemic.
    Particularly thx an appreciation to MariaLindgren, Jen MacDonald, Carolyn Peters, Judy Weinryb, Harvey and Judy Skolnick, Viviane Abecassis-Kandravy, Ron Birman, to name just a few.(
    Thank you Guys, keep it up.
    Simon Abecassis


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