Online/Onsite Programs

AUGUST ONSITE Programs Register to participate in our ONSITE programs in AUGUST! As we slowly re-open, additional programs will be added monthly for all to enjoy.

Membership is required to attend programs onsite. Members may pay for their membership or courses by calling the Bernard Betel Centre Reception at 416-225-2112- Ext. 0 or 416-225-2112 Ext. 206, Monday- Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. If you paid for spring 2020 programs before the building closed on March 17, 2020, you will receive a credit for the full amount paid.

To view our AUGUST ONSITE Program brochure please click Here

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 – AUGUST 2022

Ask the Expert

Book a one-on-one 30 minute session with the Computer/Tablet/Cell Phone Expert.  Appointments will be in person at the Betel Centre.  To book an appointment Call or Email Ron at:  or 647-980-7469.  Currently, this service is FREE.

Yiddish Conversation Program

Wednesday, August 17

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Featuring friendly discussion of a hilarious short story for all who love Yiddish humour!

Facilitator: Velvl

Register HERE

*$5 to be entered into raffle draw to win prize of one of 6 Yiddish CD’s (call reception to pay and give your name & email info)

*Free for those who do not wish to be entered into raffle draw-register online

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

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 


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  

Registration required. Please register early enough to print necessary materials. Register Here

Guided Mindfulness Meditation 

Have you ever heard of Mindfulness? Join us for a simple guided mindfulness meditation to introduce you to this beneficial practice. Take a moment to be mindful, present and rest. Everyone is welcome! 

Facilitator: Michelle Bancroft, Health Promoter


2:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

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



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


Ask the Expert

Book a one-on-one 30 minute session with the Computer/Tablet/Cell Phone Expert.  Appointments will be in person at the Betel Centre.  To book an appointment Call or Email Ron at:  or 647-980-7469.  Currently, this service is FREE.

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.

Program (in Russian) Program (in English)
English Conversation Club
ЧЕТВЕРГ с 12 до 13 часов
Registration Required. Register Here 

Fitness Classes:

Chair Yoga
Join us for a gentle, mostly-seated yoga class for a gentle stretch, mindful breathing, and a moment to relax. Instructor: Maria Lindgren 


9:00 am – 9:30 am 

Registration required. Register Here 

Gentle Fitness Class

This will be a low-impact, gentle mostly seated fitness class for all abilities. Instructor: Karen Shuster


10:00 am – 10:45 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


Tuesday, August 16
10:30 am
The Middle East on the Move: Forward or Backward?
A continuation of July’s talk on the same subject with an emphasis on
the Biden visit to the Middle East, Israeli Elections and Saudi-Israel
Facilitator: Amnon Zohar – International Relations Expert

Thursday, August 18
2:00 pm
Classical Music from Spain
Spain has produced interesting music for the classical music
world. The different regions of Spain itself each have distinctive
musical characteristics. This program will include exciting examples of
guitar and piano works, as well as full orchestral pieces to go along with
some ballet and opera from Spain.
Facilitator: Howard Mednick, Classical Music DJ

Tuesday, August 23
10:30 am
China in 2022: A Look Ahead, Part 2
Discover China’s plans for this year and beyond; A short time travel into
the preceding decades will give us the background for understanding
China’s priorities, its leaders and engagement with the rest of the world
Facilitator: Arnold Gillis

Tuesday, August 30
10:30 am
The Kiss as Depicted in Art
Lovers’ kiss, a kiss between parents, children and other family
members, an affectionate kiss, a religious ritual, a kiss of friendship,
hand-kissing, first kiss, stolen kiss, forbidden kidd, farewell kiss and
historic kiss. This presentation will explore how art depicts a variety of
gestures used as forms of greetings that express respect and/or
Facilitator: Rachel Levine – Art Educator

        Date: Tuesdays Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am Cost: $5 at the door. Registration: Call Sharon at 416-225-2112 ext. 124 or email at  

Do you want to take part in our on-site Life Long Learning classes through Zoom? Take a look at our on-site program guide and if there is an interesting lecture you would like to take part in, call Reception at 416-225-2112 ext. 0 to pay $5 before the class and you will be emailed a link to the lecture to watch the live stream of the class!

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


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.