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 – August 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.

Café Europa Concert
Café Europa is a cultural get-together for Holocaust survivors held monthly at the Bernard Betel Centre in partnership with Jewish Family and Child and funded by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Since we can’t be together in person, we have moved the program online. Join us for a concert in a number of languages including Russian, English, Hebrew and Yiddish with Semion Kuznetsov.
Wednesday, August 25
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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, August 4 Irine Dubinski – Blueberry Peach Pie
Wednesday, August 11 – Katie Giles – Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Wednesday, August 18 – Stephanie Smith – Tiramisu
Wednesday, August 25 – Maria Lindgren – Fresh Summer Rolls
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, August 5 and 19
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
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
On hiatus and returning Monday, August 30
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
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, August 3 – CRA: Medical Expenses and Disability Tax Credit
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join the CRA to learn important information about how to claim medical expenses, disability tax credits and get the most out of your tax return. Facilitator: Line Goulet, Canadian Revenue Agency. Register HERE

Wednesday August 4 – How to Organize Your Photos and Videos on a Windows Computer
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Join us for this repeat presentation! You will be shown programs and utilities that are already installed on your Windows Computer to help you arrange, organize, rename and quickly locate your favourite pictures and videos. Your photos are “priceless” so you will be shown how to make backups as well. Facilitator: Frank Cosentino, Computer Instructor. Register HERE

Thursday, August 12 – Laughter Yoga
2:30 pm – 3:15 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

Monday, August 9 – August 30 – A Virtual Tour of the History of Toronto
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join professor, David Chandross, as he looks at the history of notable Toronto landmarks such as Chinatown, Little Tibet, Little India, Little Portugal, Kensington Market and more during this 4-week course. Facilitator: David Chandross, Ph.D. Register HERE

Tuesday, August 10 – The Assassination of Yithak Rabin
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Gerald Ziedenberg will bring us the story of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the murder that changed history. Facilitator: Gerald Ziedenberg, Historical Lecturer. Register HERE

Wednesday, August 11 – Jewish Tour of Northern Ontario
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
For Torontonian Robert Walker, the vastness and mystery of the rest of the province was always intriguing. Imagine his surprise when his trip to such cities as Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay became a Jewish History tour. Facilitator: Robert Walker. Register HERE

Tuesday, August 17 – Growing Up Jewish in Baghdad
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us for an interview with Floty Urbach who will describe her upbringing in Baghdad and share her story on how Jews were able to survive in mostly Arab lands prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. Facilitator: Floty Urbach. Register HERE

Wednesday, August 18 – How to Make a Shofar
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Rabbi Cohen as we discuss the upcoming holidays and how a shofar is made. Facilitator: Rabbi Chai Cohen. Register HERE

Thursday, August 19 – Book Club
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
We will be reading Serenade for Nadia by Zülfü Livaneli for this month’s Book Club. Read the book beforehand or just join for the discussion! Facilitator: Sharon Chodirker, Lifelong Learning Coordinator, Bernard Betel Centre. Register HERE

Tuesday, August 24 – The Trial of Adolf Eichmann: It’s Significance Then and Now
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Adolf Eichmann was one of the major organizers of the holocaust. Learn about his trial and why it is still significant now. Facilitator: Warren Green. Register HERE

Tuesday, August 31 – Capturing Life’s Moments, The View Through My Lens: “Oh, The Humanity”
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Accomplished photographer, Lorraine Bloom, will walk us through her photography series of people and place and discuss the scenes surrounding these thoughtful images. Facilitator: Lorraine Bloom, Photographer. 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, July 13 – August 31
8 weeks
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Cost: $40

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 and Friday
July 5 – September 3
No class August 2
9 weeks
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $80

Archaeology of Animals
Humans have always interacted with animals. Initially we hunted them, but eventually we came to domesticate some of them and raise them for food, wool, hide, traction, and as pets. Some animals have even come to be worshipped as gods. Students will learn about the roles played in the development of complex societies by various animal species (including dogs, cats, horses, and cattle), the process of domestication, and the symbolic importance of animals in ancient societies. Instructor: Dr. David Lipovitch, PhD
Wednesday, July 14 – September 1
8 weeks
2:00 pm – 4:00 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 8 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.
Tuesday, July 13 – August 31
8 weeks
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

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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