Online/Onsite Programs


Register to participate in our ONSITE programs in November! 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 NOVEMBER 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 – NOVEMBER 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.

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 Club  

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


Tuesday, November 1
10:30 am
Socialist Paradise in USSR- Personal Recollections
After a short recap of Arnold’s previous presentation, new information will
follow which will increase our understanding of the USSR and current
events in the world.

Facilitator: Arnold Gilis

Tuesday, November 8
10:30 am
Sir General Arthur W. Currie, Canadian Hero WWI
In honour of Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, we will discuss Currie’s
involvement in WWI, trench warfare and some of the major battles that
involved the Dominion of Canada, such as Vimy Ridge and Somme, as well
as Jewish participation in the wards and the famous trail of General Currie in 1928.

Facilitator: Jerry Willer

Tuesday, November 15
10:30 am
Author Presentation and Book Launch: A Nest of Snakes
Multi award-winning author Deborah Levison will be speaking about her
debut novel “A Nest of Snakes” which is part thriller, part courtroom drama,
and a story based on real-life events in which adult men came forward to
accuse private schools of abuse.

Facilitator: Deborah Levison, Author of “The Crate”

Tuesday, November 22
10:30 am
Art and Architecture – The Better Way
Join us as we take a virtual tour of the TTC, discussing the architecture,
history and works of art along the way, from Finch station to Vaughan
Metropolitan Centre Station.

Facilitator: Rachel Levin

Tuesday, November 29
10:30 am
Communication and Etiquette of Different Countries of the World
Differences in etiquette around the world will be discussed, as well as
effective communication, culture shock and the importance of
communication in your social and personal lives.

Facilitator: Olesia Silchuk, PhD

Cost: $5 at the door
Registration: Call Sharon at 416-225-2112 ext. 124 or email at
Can’t make it into the centre? Do you want to take part in our on-site Life Long Learning
classes through Zoom? If there is an interesting lecture you would like to take part in
virtually, contact Sharon at

Lifelong Learning Courses

Where Do We Go Tonight: Opera? Movies? Musicals?

Date: Monday, Oct. 24 – Dec12
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Weeks: 8
Price: $80 members, $160 non-members

When we go out to be entertained, what do we choose? Will it be La
Boheme an opera, The Irishman a movie, or the musical Hamilton? Despite
the differences among these genres and the occasional dismissal of “low”
brow culture – movies and musicals – by “haute couture” – ballet and opera
– all these art forms share something important – great orchestral
music. This course will demonstrate that music is the common
denominator that links them all. We’ll explore different kinds of music from
grand opera to Gilbert and Sullivan, from classical orchestral overtures to
movie themes to Broadway, and look at what is different and what is the
same amongst them as we learn more about what makes them work. Come
and enjoy analyses and virtual performances of the music that provides us
with a world of entertainment.
Instructor: Howard Mednick

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Nov. 23
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Weeks: 5
Price: $40 members and non-members

In partnership with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Toronto we will be
offering an introductory program in Jewish Genealogy. The program will
provide a hands-on environment for learning about genealogy, help trace
your ancestral roots, show you how to become a genealogy detective and
much more. You don’t need a computer (this class will be held in the
computer lab), but are welcome to bring yours to the classes. Program
participants will also receive a free one-year membership in the Jewish
Genealogy Society of Toronto with access to extensive resources and
expertise and all the programs and services offered by the Society.
Facilitator: Jewish Genealogy Society.

Lifelong Learning Zoom Classes

The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13 – Dec. 8
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Weeks: 9
Price: $90 members, $180 non-members

NOTE: This course will be held on Zoom
Ancient Greece is often held up as the cradle of democracy. Much “modern”
art and architecture has been influenced by that of Classical Greece with its
statues and temples. Before the Classical era, Greece was home to the
Minoans and the Mycenaeans of the Bronze Age. Archaeology enlightens
us about the Greek “Dark Ages” when the region returns to a period of
illiteracy and rural life. It continues beyond the Classical era through the
word of Alexander the Great and his successors.
Facilitator: David Lipovitch, Archaeologist

Momentous Events in Modern Jewish History

Date: Tuesdays, Nov. 8, 15 and 22
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Weeks: 3
Price: Free
Register: program

NOTE: This course will be held on Zoom
Join us as we look at: The Triangle Fire in 1911, The Balbour Declaration in
1917, Modechai Analiewicz and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Exodus 1947,
The Rosenberg Trials, The Raid at Osirak, Yitzhak Rabin assassination and
many more!
Facilitator: Gerald Ziedenberg, Historical Lecturer


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.