We have various drop in games programs for all levels, including bridge, mah-jong, chess and rummi-cube. Love to music? Join our ‘A Taste of Music’ program ! If reading and writing is what interest you, take part in creative writing, book club, memoir writing, or take out a book during library hours. For more information about Recreation programs, please contact Jen MacDonald at 416-225-2112, ext. 105 or


All participants must be current members. All games are free of charge unless otherwise listed.

2 cards for $1. Facilitator: Barry Gordon and Gloria Korson
Wednesday, June 17
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Bridge – Beginners
Must register in advance. Call 416-225-2112, ext. 113.
Instructor: Shelia Wilner
Tuesday, April 21 – June 23
No class May 19
Part 1: 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Part 2: 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Canasta – Beginners
Learn to play Canasta in a friendly, welcoming environment. Must register in advance.
Instructor: Bernice Biranbaum and Molly Adler
Wednesday, April 22 – May 13
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
$25 members $50 non-members

Wednesday, May 27 – June 24
No class June 10
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
$25 members $50 non-members

Cards & Games Room
All card playing and games welcome. Supplies for Mah Jong, Rummi-Cube, Canasta, Monopoly and Scrabble provided. For all other games, please bring your own supplies. Drop-in.
Tuesday, April 7 – June 23
No class April 14 or May 19
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Cards, Games & Chess
Monday – Tuesday • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday • 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday • 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Friday • 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Mah Jong – Beginners/Intermediate
Must register in advance. Please call 416-225-2112, ext. 113. Instructors: Rivka Rotman and Judy Ezrin
Thursday, April 23 – June 11
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Drop-in. Instructor: Sandy Bokser
Friday, April 3 – June 26
No class April 10 or May 29
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Sudoku – Beginners
Must register in advance. Please call 416-225-2112, ext. 113. Instructor: Bob and Gail Berchuk
Thursday, April 23 – June 11
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Sunday Games
Chess, cards, bridge and Rummi-Cube. Drop-in.
Sunday • 10:00 am – 3:30 pm


A Taste of Music
Harvey Skolnick will present a biography of famous singers and/or background material of memorable Broadway musicals. Hear the original recordings and sing along. Lyrics will be provided. Drop in.
Wednesday, June 10
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: Free

Community Choir
Back by popular demand! Join our non-auditioned choir to sing popular music from the 1950s – 1970s, and Broadway showtunes. All voices are welcome. Director: David Skolnick
Tuesday, May 5 – June 23
No class May 19
10:00 am – 11:30 am • 7 weeks
$40 members $80 non-members

The Betel Players Theatre Troupe – New!
Sy Eisler is a director and playwright who is premiering his heartwarming and charming play called “Corn Beef and Knishes” right here at the Bernard Betel Centre! Audition for an acting part or lend your expertise in stage management or set design. The final performance date will be decided by the director at a later time. Facilitator/Director: Sy Eisler
Monday, April 27 – June 22
No class May 18
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, April 29 – June 24
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Ukulele Jam Sessions – New!
Curious to learn a new instrument? Try the ukulele! The ukulele is cost-efficient, lightweight, easy to learn, and fun to play. Join Lauren and Julia to learn some great pop songs. No experience necessary. Rental ukuleles provided for use in class. Please register in advance. Facilitators: Lauren Wolanski and Julia Svab
Friday, May 1 – 22
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
$10 members $20 non-members


Book Club
No registration required. Contact your local library for a copy of the books. Facilitator: Norma Vale

Thursday, June 25
“Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Cost: Free

Creative Writing
Participants have the opportunity to read their work aloud and be critiqued by their peers and instructor in a supportive and friendly environment.
Instructor: Sylvia Warsh
Friday, April 3 – June 26
No class April 10 and May 29
10:30 am – 12:30 pm • 11 weeks
$102 members $204 non-members

Current Events
Discussion of different subjects of interest in a relaxed and friendly environment. Instructor: Harvey Skolnick
Every Monday
No class May 18
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: Free

A Grandmother’s Diary – New!
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. Bring a 3-ring binder, paper, and a pen to class.
Instructor: Carolyn Peters
Wednesday, April 22 – June 17
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Writers Corner – New!
Betel Members will read their original work, including stories, poetry and more in a relaxed and informal atmosphere in the Library. All are welcome to listen and interact with the authors and explore the joys of writing.
Facilitators: Norma Vale and Lorne Miller
Thursday, June 25
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free


Read and schmooze! Come in and check out the library! Mystery, romance, biographies, Jewish content and so much more! Meet Betel’s new English language librarian Norma Vale, and read or chat with her about whatever you find interesting, books, articles, poems and more. Anything goes!

English Library
Thursday • 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Russian Library
Monday • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hebrew Library
Tuesday • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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