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 – October 2021

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 special Sunday online “living room” concert series in a Facebook Live video. Join us from the comfort of your own home!
Sunday, October 24 – Musician: Jerry Rush – guitarist and singer playing covers and original music. 
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
No registration required. Like and Follow our Facebook page, and pop on at 1:00 pm to enjoy this afternoon 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, October 6 – Maria Lindgren – White Chicken Chili and Cornbread
Wednesday, October 13 – Irine Dubinski – Plum Tart and Cabbage Pie
Wednesday, October 20 – Katie Giles – Vegan Nachos
Wednesday, October 27 – Maria Lindgren – Homemade Gnocchi
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, October 7 and 21
12:30 pm – 1:30 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
Starting October 7
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration required. Please register early enough to print necessary materials. Register HERE

Memoir Writing: What’s Your Story?
Everyone has a story to share! 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. Facilitator: Carolyn Peters
Wednesday, October 6 – December 15
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Registration required. 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
No class October 11
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

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

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
No class October 11
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

Walking Club
Join Maria for a 30 – 45 minute walk around the neighbourhood. Meet at the front door of the Bernard Betel Centre (Steeles Ave. West and Carpenter Rd.) at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays. Face masks required. Limited space available.
Every Tuesday
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Registration required. Email to register.


Tuesday, October 5 – The Wisdom of Cravings
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where do cravings come from, why do we have them and how to learn what our body wants from them. Dr. Talia Marcheggiani will look at the science behind cravings from a naturopath’s outlook. Facilitator: Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, Naturopathic Doctor. Register HERE

Thursday, October 7, 14 and 21 – The History of Antisemitism
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
The tale of antisemitism is the story of the longest hatred in the world. We will discuss the beginnings and the death of Jesus, the story of blood libels, the crusades and the Jewish massacres that resulted. Then we will then talk about the persecution of Jews in Eastern European that ultimately culminate in the world’s worst genocide. Facilitator: Gerald Ziedenberg, Historical Lecturer. Register HERE

Friday, October 8-29 – Mindfully Managing Stress
9:30 am – 10:30 am
This 4-week program will introduce to the basic concepts of mindfulness and meditation through a practical hands-on approach. Discover activities, breathing exercises and join in on guided meditations to manage our stress through these tough times. Facilitator: Corin De Sousa – Mindful Awareness. Register HERE

Tuesday, October 12 – The Memorable Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein
10:30 am – 11:30 am
The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific: Richard Rodgers crafted some of the most remarkable and memorable music in Broadway history in order to bring far-flung places and stories to life. Learn the musical secrets behind the success of Rodgers’ music and hear some of his beloved tunes with fresh ears in this lecture-performance. Facilitator: Dr. Keith Johnston, Circles Enrichment. Register HERE

Wednesday, October 13 – Tech Training: Microsoft Word
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Microsoft Word is a word processor that will help you to create, letters, documents, and newsletters.  You learned the basic of using Word many years ago but now you may have forgotten most of the features.  If you do not have time to take a formal course, then this short refresher is just for you. Facilitator: Frank Cosentino, Computer Instructor. Register HERE

Tuesday, October 19 – From Reality to Fiction and Back Again
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Is truth stranger than fiction, or is it the other way around? Award-winning mystery authors Melodie Campbell, Joan O’Callaghan, and Lynn McPherson, along with retired police detective/author Des Ryan and editor Cheryl Freedman will talk about writing stories that move “From Reality to Fiction and Back Again.” Facilitator: Mystery Authors. Register HERE

Tuesday, October 26 – Digital Fashion: Beauty Reinvented
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join us for an introduction to exploring fashion within digital media. We will look at the work of the world’s leading makeup artists, fashion designers, new music composers and the thrilling new worlds of digital worlds. Beauty influencers, artists and writers across cultures are preparing us for the evolution of fashion. Facilitator: David Chandross, Digital Media Professor, Ph.D. Register HERE

Tuesday, October 26 – Capturing Life’s Moments, The View Through My Lens: “Nature’s Wonder”
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Accomplished photographer, Lorraine Bloom, will walk us through her photography series of nature and discuss the scenes surrounding these thoughtful images. Facilitator: Lorraine Bloom, Photographer. Register HERE

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

Archaeology of Israel
This nine week series seeks to find the true history of the Israelites (and later Judahites and Judeans) using the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh/Old Testament), alongside archaeological and historical evidence from Israel and her neighbours (and enemies), to help us read between the lines. Instructor: Dr. David Lipovitch, PhD.
Friday, October 22 – December 17
9 weeks
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $72

Beginner Android Tablet
This IN-PERSON class will be held outdoors at the Bernard Betel Centre. Join Computer Instructor, Dianne Erdos-Rush, as we take a FREE 4 week class to learn how to use an Android tablet. Tablets will be supplied by the Bernard Betel Centre and loaned to you to take home throughout the 8 week class period. This program is offered with generous support from the Government of Ontario. As class size is limited, registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Please register with Maria at or 416-225-2112, ext. 130. Cost: Free
Monday, September 13 – October 4
4 weeks
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Thursday, September 9 – October 7
4 weeks
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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 5 – December 14
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, October 18 – December 20
10 weeks
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $80

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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