Online Programs

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


Drawing and Acrylic
Develop your skills and express yourself. Beginner and Intermediate classes offered! No supplies included for classes. To register, call 416-225-2112, ext. 0.
Instructor: Maya Vinokurov
Tuesday, January 10 – March 21 (11 weeks)
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Price: $88 members, $176 non-member

Mandala Club
This class is a mix of mindfulness and creativity. 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. Register HERE.
Instructor: Maya Vinokurov
Thursdays – Beginning January 12 (12 weeks)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: FREE


How to Download Music from the Internet
In this course, you will learn all about how to locate music videos on the Internet and save the music directly to your computer or phone. You can play your music anywhere without the need to have access to WiFi. This is a great way to enhance your personal music collection.
Facilitator: Frank Cosentino
Thursday, February 2
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Price: Free
Register HERE


Chair Yoga
Join us for a gentle seated yoga class for a gentle stretch, mindful breathing and a moment to relax. Instructor: Maria Lindgren
Tuesday, January 10 – March 21 
(11 weeks)
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Price: Free
Register HERE

Gentle Fitness
This class is low-impact and gentle for all abilities. Some seated and standing exercises will take place. Instructor: Karen Shuster
Friday, January 13 – March 24 (11 weeks)
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Price: free
Register HERE


LLI Lecture: A Look at Portraits: Group-Portraits, Self-Portraits and Hidden Self-Portraits
A portrait can be a sculpture, a painting or a photograph. There are several varieties of portraits and artists have also included their own image in a crowded scene of their painting where the self-portrait was or not the main subject. A self-portrait can be used as a signature (Van Gogh, Rembrandt), as a narrative self-portrait where the image depicts as a character (Frida Kahlo), as a study of facial expressions, as a self-study of an exploration to see beyond the image in the mirror and begin to search into the soul.
Tuesday, February 7
10:30 am
Register HERE.

LLI Course: The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome
Rome started out as a small, fortified village on a hill near the Tiber River about 2800 years ago. Within about 600 years of its foundation, it ruled most of Western Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. The effects of its culture can still be seen today in the Neo-Classical architecture found all over North America. This course will introduce you to the history, art, and archaeology of this great culture of the ancient world. Instructor: David Lipovitch, PhD
Monday, January 9 – March 20 (9 weeks)
No class January 23 or February 20
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: $90 members, $180 non members
To register, call 416-225-2112, ext. 0.

LLI Lecture: Jewish Professions and Occupations in Jewish Life
Jewish occupations were largely determined according to the restrictions placed on Jews by the countries where they lived at a particular period of time. Some occupations of Jews were determined by religious considerations such as members of clergy, and others worked in business & commerce such as bankers, pawn brokers, peddlers and more. Facilitator: Rachel Levin
Tuesday, March 21
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Register HERE.


Want to learn how to play Sudoku or learn new strategies and techniques. Join a one-on-one session or join a group to solve a puzzle. Facilitator: Bob and Gail Berchuk
Mondays – Beginning January 9
No class February 20
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Price: Free – Registration required. Email or call 416-225-2112, ext. 130 to register for the link


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
Price: Free
Register HERE.


Creative Writing Discussion Group (online)
Participants will read their works aloud, and receive feedback in a supportive, friendly and informal environment. Facilitator: Judith Weinryb
Every Friday
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: Free
Register HERE.

Tech Team Volunteers Ready to Assist with Zoom!
Would you like to participate in our online programs, but don’t know how to use Zoom?  Have you been using Zoom, but want to learn more about its features? Over the phone or by Zoom, our trained volunteers can teach you how to use Zoom and virtually assist you on the general navigation of your device and the web. For more information and to be matched with a Tech Team Volunteer, please contact Cheryl Besner at

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

Privacy and Security Advisory:
Participants are advised that most online virtual programs take place entirely online using a third-party video conference platform called Zoom. This means that, in order to participate, you will be required to download and configure the Zoom application for use on your personal or work computer, tablet, or smartphone. Participants are cautioned that, by their nature, video conferencing platforms utilize the camera and microphone on their devices and that they should act accordingly. Activating your microphone or camera is entirely your choice and is not a requirement to participate. Lastly, be advised that, when you are using Zoom or any other third-party application, you are agreeing to that vendor’s terms and conditions and to their privacy policy. Please consult for further details.