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!

Virtual Programming Calendar NOVEMBER 2020

Virtual Programming Calendar DECEMBER 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, November 27 – Gustav Klimt
Friday, December 11 – Claude Monet
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 in a Facebook Live video. Join from the comfort of your own home!
Friday, December 18 – 1:00 pm – Dave Giles – Guitarist and singer and playing your favourite rock and roll covers!
No registration required. Like and Follow our Facebook page, and pop on at 1:00 pm to enjoy the 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!
Wednesday, December 2 – Maryam Roozbeh – Homemade Yogurt and Rice Pudding
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 9 – Sharon Chodirker and Galit – A Variety of Hanukkah Latkes
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 16 – Jen MacDonald – Pan Pizza
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 23 – Samara Bell – Shakshuka
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, November 12 and 26
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 Tuesday
3:00 pm – 3:30 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
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 (2)

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

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
Среда с 12 до 1 часов дня
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
Tuesday, December 1 and 8
10:00 am – 10:30 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, November 26 – ‘Book Club: The Gown – A Novel of the Royal Wedding’
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
This month’s book club will look at “The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding” by Jennifer Robson. Read the book or just join along for the chat! Facilitator: Norma Vale, Bernard Betel Centre Librarian. Register HERE

Friday, December 4 and 11 – ‘Tech Open Forum’
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring a question about your computer, tablet or smartphone to this tech open forum in a small group setting. Our resident experts are here to help! Facilitator: Dianne Erdos-Rush. Register HERE

Tuesday, December 8, 15 and 22 – ‘Hope, Holidays and Mythology’
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Join Ph. D. and Ryerson Professor, David Chandross, for this free course as we take a look into the world of Mythology surrounding the holidays and see themes based on hope and optimism. Facilitator: David Chandross, Ph. D., Ryerson University. Register HERE

Tuesday, December 8 – ‘Speaking of Bones’
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join Osteoporosis Canada to learn about what osteoporosis is, risk factors, how it is diagnosed, maintaining healthy bones and how to live well with osteoporosis. Facilitator: Osteoporosis Canada. Register HERE

Thursday, December 10 – ‘How to Customize Your Windows 10 Computer Desktop’
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The “Desktop” of your computer is the main screen we see when we open our computers. Learn how to optimize it so you are using the computer to the best of its ability and make it look nice! Facilitator: Frank Cosentino. Register HERE

Tuesday, December 15 – Documentary Viewing: ‘The Best of Jewish American Comedy Performers – They Made the Whole World Laugh’
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join Larry Gaum, documentary filmmaker, as he looks at the world of Jewish comedy and highlights the best of Jewish American comedy performers. What’s so funny about jewish comedy? You can laugh until you cry, or you can cry until you laugh! Q&A will follow the documentary. Facilitator: Larry Gaum, Film maker. Register HERE

Thursday, December 17 – ‘Who is the Person Behind the Portrait’
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
A person’s need to capture its likeness comes with the birth of civilization; making portraiture is one of the oldest Art forms. We will embark on a journey through the course of Art history with the stories of sitter in the most famous portraits and maybe it’ll help us see these familiar & famous portraits in a new light. Facilitator: Rachel Levin, Art Educator. Register HERE

Tuesday, December 22 – ‘The Power Of Laughter’
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join motivational speaker, Anne Balaban, as she speaks about the power of laughter as a coping mechanism during these stressful times and brings some light into our day! Facilitator: Anne Balaban, Motivational Speaker, Educator and Author. 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.**

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, December 7 and Friday, December 11
Monday, December 14 and Friday, December 18

10:30 am – 11:30 am 
Cost: $20

Classical Music – It’s Everywhere!
Perhaps you began music lessons when you were young and became proficient playing your scales and arpeggios, but then dropped the study of music long ago. Well, come and take another look. This class will open up the world of classical and orchestral music, and discuss many of those aspects of music that you never thought or dreamed of when you were struggling at the piano or violin. You will discover how classical music is woven into and related to our everyday lives. No practice required! All proceeds go towards the Fern Mednick Fund for Creative Arts at Baycrest. Instructor: Howard Mednick, Classical Music DJ
Monday, November 9 – December 21 (No class November 16) (6 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $48

Global Affairs – U.S. Election Edition
Understanding the US Election Process through the lens of the approaching 2020 presidential and congressional elections in November 2020. Updating the audience on recent developments, trends, predictions and analysis as the election season progresses as well as the post election analysis (depending who wins!). Facilitator: Amnon Zohar, International Relations Expert
Monday, October 19 – December 7 (8 weeks)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cost: $64

The Power of Mythology: Stories, Belief and Civilization
In this fascinating course we will learn about the great mythologies in history and how they impact our lives. Myths are stories about our world and contain explanations for how it operates. They form the basis of much of our behaviours to this day and inform writers, artists, theologians and historians. Mythology shapes society and our behaviours to this date and form the basis of great novels, video games and spiritual practice. Understanding our own mythologies and those of others can form the basis of seeing life in a completely new way. Facilitator: David Chandross, PhD
Tuesday, October 13 – December 1 (8 weeks)
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $64

Religions of the Ancient Near East.
Students will learn about the religious practices of a number of ancient Near Eastern cultures with a focus on how their belief systems had an effect on the development of Judeo-Christian religious traditions. Subjects will include the religions of Sumer, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Canaan, ancient Israel, the Hittites, and Zoroastrianism. Instructor: David Lipovitch, PhD
Wednesday, October 14 – December 2 (8 weeks)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $64

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, October 6 – December 15
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Cost: $60

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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