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, January 15
Wednesday, February 19
Wednesday, March 18
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Canasta – Beginners
Learn to play Canasta in a friendly, welcoming environment. Must register in advance.
Instructor: Bernice Biranbaum and Molly Adler
Wednesday, January 8 – 29
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, January 7 – March 17
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, January 9 – March 19
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Drop-in. Instructor: Sandy Bokser
Friday, January 10 – March 20
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, January 16 – March 12
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, Wednesday, February 12
Wednesday, March 11
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: Free


Book Club
No registration required. Contact your local library for a copy of the books. For more information, please contact Sharon Chodirker at 416-225-2112, ext. 124 or

Thursday, January 9
“The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain

Thursday, March 5
“Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman

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, January 10 – March 20
10:30 am – 12:30 pm • 11 weeks
$93.50 members $187 non-members

Current Events
Discussion of different subjects of interest in a relaxed and friendly environment. Instructor: Harvey Skolnick
Every Monday
No class February 17
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, January 8 – March 18
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, January 23
Thursday, February 20
Thursday, March 19
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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