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 JULY 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, July 10 – Emily Carr
Friday, July 24 – David Hockney
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Join us for a special Sunday online “living room” concert series in a Facebook Live video. Join us from the comfort of your own home!
Sunday, July 19 – Musician: Dave Giles – guitarist and singer playing some Blues and Rock and Roll covers.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
No registration required. Like and Follow our Facebook page, and pop on at 1:00 pm to enjoy this afternoon performance.

Cooking Club
Join a variety of home chefs and experts as we discuss cooking, recipes, healthy eating and have some fun in the kitchen!
Every Wednesday starting May 6
Wednesday, July 8 – Katie Giles – vegan, plant-based cooking – overnight oats and portobello fajitas
Wednesday, July 15 – 
Jen MacDonald – watermelon and halloumi salad
Wednesday, July 22 – Maria Lindgren – smoothies
Wednesday, July 29 –
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
Every Tuesday
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

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!

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.
Every Thursday
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Lifelong Learning Courses
Please note, these are paid courses. Registration is required for all courses. To register for Lifelong Learning Courses, please call 416-225-2112, ext. 0 to register over the phone. A Zoom link will be provided once registered.

This Week in Global Affairs
We are living in tumultuous times where almost every day, unexpected major events occur that were neither planned nor anticipated but that may significantly impact the world order. In this course the major developments of each past week will be highlighted as we go behind the headlines to better understand their significance and potential impact on our interconnected world. Participants will benefit from a deeper understanding of major developments almost in real time. Facilitator: Amnon Zohar, International Relations expert
Monday, July 6 – August 24 (No class August 3) – 7 weeks
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cost: $49

Great Philosophers on Hope, Art & Faith
The greatest human experiences seem to revolve around faith, hope for the future and the love of art. Are these things connected? This course will look at the work Heidegger, Nietzsche, Watts, the Gospel of Judas, Kant and many more. What is hope? What is faith? What is healthy living? Is Noah Yuval Harari the new intellectual guru for us all to observe? Facilitator: David Chandross, PhD
Tuesday, July 7 – August 25 – 8 weeks
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $56

Archeology: Southern Ontario Before the Europeans: 9,000 Years in 9 weeks
Human have been living in Southern Ontario since before the Ice Age, around 11,000 years ago. Join an Archeologist to learn more about their beginnings as nomadic hunter-gatherers and over time, acquiring agriculture, building villages and interacting with other communities. Facilitator: David R. Lipovitch, PhD
Wednesday, July 8 – September 2 – 9 weeks
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $63

Football (Soccer): A National Mirror
Soccer is the most popular, global sport. Different nationalities adapted soccer as an expression of their own culture. The rules are the same, but the style of play is a reflection of the national soul, its history, culture and traditions – a National Mirror. In most countries it is a staple feature of popular culture, closely related to national politics as well as the dynamics of cultural and economic globalization. This course focuses on the relationship of soccer to social movements, colonialism, violence, democracy and authoritarianism, gender, architecture, ethics and aesthetics, and the star system. Facilitator: Amnon Zohar
Thursday, July 16 – September 3 – 8 weeks
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $56

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

Memoir Writing
Through exercises, motivational prompts, and congenial discussion, you will record your memories for future generations.
Every Wednesday
2:30 pm – 4:00 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.
Discussion Group 
Программа “Поговорим о том, о сем…” для членов Центра им. Бернарда Бетела
Каждый понедельник с 11 до 12 часов дня
Register here:
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

Spanish Lessons for Beginners
No experience necessary! Learn the absolute basics of the Spanish language. Instructor: Nikita Khalyapin
Every Wednesday
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE


Tuesday, July 7 – ‘LCBO: Behind the Curtain’
10:00 am – 11:30 am
History Buff, Victor Rodos, looks at the interesting history behind the LCBO. Facilitator: Victor Rodos. Register HERE

Wednesday, July 8 – ‘How to set up your own Zoom Meeting and more tech skills’
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Look at setting up our own Zoom meeting, creating a Facebook account and more tech skills! Facilitator: Maria Lindgren. Register HERE

Thursday, July 9 – ‘Celebrities Who Are Visual Artists’
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
A look at famous celebrities, music performers, movie stars, a writer, a Nobel Prize winner, a world champion tennis player, a former US president and more who have also created beautiful sculptures and paintings. Facilitator: Rachel Levin. Register HERE

Tuesday, July 14 – ‘Future of Power’
10:00 am – 11:30 am
A look at the future of power and where will the world get its next energy source? Some answers to big questions. Facilitator: Arnold Gilis. Register HERE

Thursday, July 16 – ‘Book Club with Norma
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Review and discussion of the book, Heartburn by Nora Ephron. Read the book before you come or after you join us! Facilitator: Norma Vale. Register HERE

Thursday, July 23 – ‘Natan Sharansky’
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Learn more about Natan Sharansky, one of the most famous former Soviet refuseniks and an Israeli politician, author and human right activists. Facilitator: Gerald Ziedenberg. Register HERE

Tuesday, July 28 – ‘Intro to Mindfulness’
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Mindfulness is especially important during these unprecedented times. Join Corin De Sousa to learn more about de-stressing and dealing with anxiety. Register HERE

Thursday, July 30 – ‘Photography using your Smart Phone or Tablet’
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join Ron Berman as he gives you hints, tips and tricks on how to take great pictures without a fancy camera! 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

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