Online Programs

We are excited to be able to offer a variety of online virtual programs to our Bernard Betel Centre community through Zoom and on Facebook Live. 

Our program schedule will be updated each month, so check back regularly!

Online Program Calendar – April 2021

Art Appreciation
Art Appreciation is back! 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, April 23 – Cindy Sherman
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Ask the Expert
Book a one-on-one 30 minute session with computer expert. Appointments can be done over the phone or via Zoom. To book an appointment email Dianne at or call 416-834-7027.

Join us for a ‘living room’ concert from the comfort of your own home!
Wednesday, March 31 – 4:00 pm – Join us for an afternoon Zoom concert! Registration required. Register HERE.

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, April 7 – Katie Giles – Lentil Walnut Loaf
Wednesday, April 14 – Esther James – Easy Brunch Ideas
Wednesday, April 21 – Irine Dubinski – Borscht
Wednesday, April 28 – Jen MacDonald – Ramen
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

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, April 8 and 22
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
Every Wednesday
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Introduction to Portraiture
Join Art Instructor, Maya Vinokurov, as we learn an introduction to drawing portraits in 2 classes. Beginner artists welcome! Supplies needed: pencil, eraser, sketching paper.
Instructor: Maya Vinokurov
Part 1 – Wednesday, April 14
Part 2 – Wednesday, April 21
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Mandala Workshop
This class is a mix of mindfulness and creativity. Mandalas are ancient geometric patterns. These symbols are intended to represent the intricate patterns of the universe. Learn about the history of these symbols and use paint, pencils, and ink to create your own breathtaking mandalas. No experience necessary. Must have access to a printer. Instructor: Maya Vinokurov
Every Thursday
No class April 1
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration required. Please register early enough to print necessary materials. 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

Spanish Conversation Club
Do you speak Spanish? Join this discussion group to discuss current events, music, art, literature and so much more in Spanish. Experience speaking Spanish is a requirement. No lessons provided. Facilitator: Pablo Dachica
Every Thursday
No class April 1
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Want to learn how to play Sudoku in a one-on-one virtual session? Join Bob and Gail Berchuk for an overview and lesson of this logic game and set yourself up for hours of future fun! To arrange a lesson, please email Maria at

Russian Golden Age Cultural Program
Programs for Russian-speakers.
English Conversation Club
ЧЕТВЕРГ с 12 до 13 часов
Registration Required. Register here:

Fitness Classes:

Breathe Better Fitness Class
Provided by Better Health and Community Services. For individuals who have experienced limited activities due to shortness of breathe or at risk of COPD or CHF.
Every Wednesday
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Registration required. Register HERE
Every Friday
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Chair Yoga
Join us for a gentle, mostly-seated yoga class for a gentle stretch, mindful breathing, and a moment to relax. Instructor: Maryam Roozbeh
Every Tuesday
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Registration required. Register HERE

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 exercise working on strength and aerobic exercises.
Every Thursday
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Registration required. 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, April 1 – Passover: Counting the Omer
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
Join Rabbi Cohen to learn more about counting the Omer at Passover and the meaning behind the ritual. Facilitator: Rabbi Chai Cohen. Register HERE

Tuesday, April 6 – Train Your Brain
10:30 am 11:30 am
Join Vaughan Community Health Centre to learn about your brain health and activities to train our brain! Facilitator: Vaughan Community Health Centre. Register HERE

Monday, April 12 – Remembering the Heroes, the Victims, and the Fallen
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
Join us to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Register HERE

Tuesday, April 13 – Australia: An Unpromised Land
10:30 am
11:30 am
This lecture will look at the remarkable and little known attempt to save 105, 000 Jews during the Holocaust. Facilitator: Jacob Steinberg. Register HERE

Tuesday, April 13 – Armchair Travel
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Travel around the world to different sites from the safety of our own homes!
Facilitator: Esther Amede James, Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion Student – Centennial College. Register HERE

Tuesday, April 20 – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Part 1
10:30 am
11:30 am
We will look at the unique story of three Jewish painters including Maurycy Gottlieb, Marc Chagall and Felix Nussbaum. Facilitator: Rachel Levin, Art Educator. Register HERE

Wednesday, April 27 – Laugh for Your Health
10:30 am 11:30 am
Learn more about the science of laughter through a “mirthful message” and what some have called a “chuckles checkup.” A laugh is a smile that has exploded! Facilitator: Dr. Ken Shonk. Register HERE

Thursday, April 29 – Book Club
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
This month’s book club will look at “Dual Citizens” by Alix Ohlin. Read the book or just join along for the chat! Facilitator: Sharon Chodirker, Bernard Betel Centre’s Lifelong Learning Coordinator. Register HERE

Paid Courses
**Please call reception at 416-225-2112, ext. 0 to register over the phone and you will be provided a Zoom link.**

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. Instructor: Maya Vinokurov
Tuesday, April 6 – June 22
No class on May 18
11 weeks
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Cost: $60

Intermediate Watercolour
Join Elaine Sugar to explore challenging and inventive watercolour techniques with outstanding results. Individual expression is encouraged. Some experience with watercolour required. Supplies not included. Instructor: Elaine Sugar.
Monday and Friday
April 5 – June 18
No class May 17 and 24
10 weeks
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $80

Archeology of Turkey
Modern Turkey is home to the remains of many ancient cultures. The earliest known city (Catal Huyuk) and religious construction (Gobekli Tepe) are both found there. It was the home of the Hittite Empire and the location of the Trojan Wars. It is where coinage was first invented (Lydia) and where Midas was king. The great classical sites of Ephesus and Sardis are also to be found there. This course will introduce students to the roughly 8000 years of archaeology that spans the Neolithic through Classical periods. Instructor: David Lipovitch, PhD
Wednesday, April 7 – June 2
9 weeks
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $72

The Art and Science of The Great Civilizations
Become a time traveler in a world where every invention is new and shocks the world, where every great work of dance astounds the empire, where the craftsmanship of early man 10,000 years ago rivals that which we produce today. Think of primitive hunters storing food at the bottom of lakes to refrigerate it, of ancient weavers creating colors for silk out of flowers, of great warriors using brilliant tactics to stealth around larger armies. Think of Ghengis Khan’s horsemen who were masters at riding facing backwards to shoot as they turned. Think of the ancient wonders of the world and how they were built, from the hanging gardens of Babylon to the first Tibetan monasteries, to Stonehenge, Woodhenge and beyond. This course will take you on a journey across history with the focus on creativity and innovation. From the Celts and Druids, to the Eastern Spice Traders, to the Sandlewood Inspectors of Arabia, to the time of the Moors where Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together for 400 years exchanging ideas, art and stories. Come fly with us for a fascinating bird’s eye view of human invention. Facilitator: David Chandross, PhD
Tuesday, April 6 – June 1
No class on May 18
8 weeks
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $64

Emerging Superpowers in a Multilateral World
Following World War II, the United States emerged as a true global superpower, a position it continues to hold today. However, as with every superpower throughout history, the United States has encountered, and continues to encounter, nations looking to challenge its dominant position as the global leader. This course will explore whether the United States’ position as the lone global superpower is in serious jeopardy and where the greatest threat lies. We will explore and analyze which are the candidates, whether nations or regions, with the power and desire to potentially upset American hegemony. We will examine the economic power and the technological and military power of these possible rivals as the race to achieve superpower status accelerates and intensifies. This is a lecture course led by an expert in the field with extensive audiovisual material. Facilitator: Amnon Zohar, International Relations Expert
Thursday, April 8 – May 27
8 weeks
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: $64

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 online programs, please contact Maria Lindgren at

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