Online Programs

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


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.
Instructor: Maya Vinokurov
Summer: Thursday, Jul 13 – September 21 (11 weeks)
Fall: Thursday, October 5 – December 21
(11 weeks)
No class November 16, 23 and 30
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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
Summer: Tuesday, July 4 – September 26 (13 weeks)
Fall: Tuesday, October 10 – December 19 (13 weeks)
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Free for members
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
Summer: Friday, July 7 – September 22 (12 weeks)
Fall: Friday, October 13  December 22 (12 weeks)
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Free for members
Register HERE


Lifelong Learning Course: North American Archaeology
Learn about North America’s first inhabitants, the Paleo-Indians, who came to North America from Siberia just after the last ice age. Discover the Hopewell mound builders of the US Midwest whose trade networks that ranged from Florida to Thunder Bay. Hear about the prehistoric “city” of Cahokia which covered more than 16 square kilometres. See the cliff-dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo and discover how they and their neighbours made the desert bloom. Find out how people lived in our own backyards, here in Ontario, for some 12000 years before the arrival of Europeans. Instructor: David Lipovitch
Tuesday, October 10 – December 5 (9 weeks)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$90 members
$180 non members
To register, call 416-225-2112, ext. 0.

Yiddish “Salon”
Enjoy nostalgic and lively Yiddish shtetl songs as we share a fantasy cruise through the hometowns of our ancestors. To register, email
Wednesday, October 18, November 15, and December 6
2:30 pm – 3:30pm


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
Register HERE.


Creative Writing Discussion Group
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
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.