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 – January 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 ‘living room’ concert from the comfort of your own home!
Sunday, January 17 – 1:00 pm – Dave Giles – Join us for a Facebook Live concert! Dave will play and sing some of your favourites rock ‘n roll and blues covers. No registration required. Like and Follow our Facebook page, and pop on at 1:00 pm to enjoy the concert!
Wednesday, January 27 – 4:00 pm – Join us for an afternoon Zoom concert with Mikhael Khinkis and Anna Koning! Registration required. Register HERE.

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, January 6 – Irine Dubinski – Flatbread Recipes
Wednesday, January 13 – Katie Giles – Quick Recipes to Reduce Food Waste
Wednesday, January 20 – Maria Lindgren – Swedish Pancakes and Fika
Wednesday, January 27 – Maria Lindgren – Takeout Recipes Made Healthier
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, January 14 and 28
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!
Every Monday starting January 4
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Facilitator: Michelle Bancroft
Every Wednesday starting January 13
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Facilitator: Maryam Roozbeh
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
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

Spanish Conversation Club
Do you speak Spanish? Join this discussion group to discuss current events, music, art, literature and so much more in Spanish. Experience speaking Spanish is a requirement. No lessons provided. Facilitator: Pablo Dachica
Every Thursday starting January 21
5:00 pm – 6:00 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
ЧЕТВЕРГ 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
Tuesdays starting January 12
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


Tuesday, January 5 – ‘Winter Safety and Falls Prevention’
10:30 am – 11:
30 am
Stay safe this winter in the snow and ice and help to reduce falls. Facilitator: Vaughan Community Health Centre. Register HERE

Tuesday, January 12 – ‘Hosting a Zoom Meeting’
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Participating in a Zoom meeting is fun and easy.  In this course you will learn how to setup a Zoom account so that you can schedule your own meetings with friends and relatives.  In addition, we will cover the Zoom Controls and important Settings you will need to become familiar with. Facilitator: Frank Cosentino. Register HERE

Tuesday, January 12 – ‘Reducing Food Waste’
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Make the most of the food you love and learn techniques on reducing food waste. Learn more about using it up, planning it out, recipes and getting inspired. Facilitator: Katie Giles. Register HERE

Tuesday, January 19 – ‘Collecting the Dream: Theodor Herzl’
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Theodor Herzl’s actions ultimately led to the birth of the State of Israel 44 years after his death. Illustrated through items in his collection of Herzl memorabilia, the larget in the world, David Matlow will tell Herzl’s story and share the lessons that Herzl continues to teach us. Facilitator: David Matlow, Herzl Memorabilia Collector. Register HERE

Tuesday, January 26 – ‘Home Fire Safety’
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join Toronto Fire Services to learn about fire safety in your home. Stay safe! Facilitator: Toronto Fire Services. Register HERE

Thursday, January 28 – ‘Book Club: How the Penguins Saved Veronica’
2:00 pm – 3:00 am
This month’s book club will look at “How the Penguins Saved Veronica” by Hazel Prior. Read the book or just join along for the chat! Facilitator: Sharon Chodirker. 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.**

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, January 5 – March 16
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, January 11 – March 15
Friday, January 15 – March 19

10:30 am – 11:30 am 
Cost: $100

Ancient Heroes
History and cultures of the ancient world have fascinated us millennia. Join this course to discuss Ancient Heroes and their stories with History and Archaeology Professor David Lipovitch. Instructor: David Lipovitch, PhD
Wednesday, January 13 – March 10
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $72

Aesthetics: The Philosophy of Art
What is art? Do you need great skill to be an artist, or can it be created just out of passion? Can computers create art, and if so, is it ‘real’ art? Is art a spiritual practice or is it just a form of self expression. In this course we will examine many forms of art, great paintings, sculpture, literature, music and dance, all in an attempt to understand what drives this pursuit. Philosophers, unlike art historians and critics, try to understand the meaning behind art and the drive to create it. The first art lies in the cave paintings over 30,000 years old and travels through time along a path that leads to digital creations in the modern world and virtual reality. Come and live as a philosopher this winter as we explore this fascinating topic together by viewing and discussing the works of the great masters. Facilitator: David Chandross, PhD
Tuesday, January 19 – March 9
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $64

Global Affairs
The election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States signals a potential new relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. While tensions may subside, many challenges remain. Will America be able to restore its leadership of the free world and heal its wounds at home? How would a Biden administration reshape the Middle East as it relates to Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Will a new bi-lateral relationships with China emerge? Will multilateralism and globalization be invigorated? This lecture series will provide a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the United States and the rest of the world under the new administration. Facilitator: Amnon Zohar, International Relations Expert
Thursday, January 14 – March 4
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

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