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 – November 2021
Online Program Calendar – December 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.

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 1 – Sharon Chodirker – Surprise Latkes ** Special Time: 3:00pm
Wednesday, December 8 – Maria Lindgren – Power Bowls
Wednesday, December 15 – TBA
Wednesday, December 22 – Irine Dubinski – Cherry Cheesecake
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, December 2 and 16
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Registration required. Register HERE

Hanukkah Concert
Let’s celebrate the holidays with the musical stylings of Bernice Gopin with pianist Reuven Granjner. Hanukkah favourites will be included with songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and English!
Wednesday, December 1
12:00 pm – 1:00 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

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

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
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, November 30 – Hermann Göring’s Personal Art Collection
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
This presentation is based on Hermann Göring’s own hand-written catalogue of inventory of “his” art collection, a catalogue that was published in France in 2015. Art collector or Nazi looter? Facilitator: Rachel Levin, Art Educator. Register HERE

Monday, December 6 – Digital Literacy: Part 1
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Everyone needs digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online. This presentation will share tips and strategies for learning, settings to help tailor your experience, aspects of privacy and consent, and free resources for adults who want to improve their digital literacy. Facilitator: Liz Perrin, Connect Project, Atwater Library. Register HERE

Tuesday, December 7 – Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us for an introduction to learn more about how to start looking into your genealogical history. In early 2022, a course with the Jewish Genealogical Society will be held in partnership with the Bernard Betel Centre and this workshop will give you an introduction to what the class will offer and how to begin your journey. For more information about what this class will offer, click HERE. Facilitator: Jerry Scherer, Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto. Register HERE

Monday, December 13 – Digital Literacy: Part 2
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Want to buy a computer, laptop, or tablet? What do I buy? Where do I start? What does everything mean? Learn more about the generic components of a computer, common terms, how to evaluate each product to make a decision, cost comparison and more! Facilitator: Human Endeavour. Register HERE

Tuesday, December 14 – Six Wives of Henry VIII in Portraits
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Henry the VIII King of England, is best known for his six marriages and in particular, his efforts to have his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled. His disagreement with Pope Clement VII about such an annulment led Henry to initiate the English Reformation and separating the Church of England from Papal authority. He appointed himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England, he dissolved convents and monasteries, for which he has been excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Facilitator: Rachel Levine. Register HERE

Wednesday, December 15 – Laughter Yoga
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Have you ever tried Laughter Yoga? This activity combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing techniques to improve our mental wellbeing, get connected with others and reduce stress. No yoga mat required! Facilitator: Andrea Yovorsky, Laughter Yoga Instructor. Register HERE

Tuesday, December 21 – The Real History of Christmas
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Did you know that Christmas is over 2,000 years old and began with the Romans? That there is an ancient Druid mystical ritual called Yule Tide and that Mistletoe was believed to be a living creature? Find out the origin of trees, presents, Santa Claus and lights in this fascinating visit of the ghost of Christmas past! Facilitator: David Chandross, PhD. 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 24
9 weeks
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $72

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

The Middle East on the Move: Forwards or Backwards?
Prior to the onset of the pandemic, the Middle East was showing signs of progress toward increased co-operation and renewed hopes for regional stability. As is the case in the region, things unraveled in the Spring and Summer of 2021 with renewed hostilities and military conflict between Israel and Hamas, A new government in Israel, a new president elect in Iran, the collapse of Lebanon and the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. In this lecture series, we will evaluate the conditions on the ground and the prospects of a return to a more optimistic prospect. Will the Middle East finally leverage its potential to achieve peace and prosperity for all its inhabitants or will it sink deeper into conflicts and wars – that is the question! Instructor: Amnon Zohar, International Relations Expert
Thursday, November 4 – December 23
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

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.