Recent News

Call for Nominations - Board of Directors

The Bernard Betel Centre (BBC) is a publicly funded agency that focuses on empowering seniors to lead active, creative, and healthy lifestyles, in a Jewish environment. Based in north central Toronto, serving over 5,000 seniors, we provide exemplary, multilingual educational, cultural and wellness programs in a safe and supportive environment to encourage healthy, active and creative living for individuals 55+.


Happy National Volunteer Week!


Each year, during the month of April, we formally recognize and celebrate the important role and generous contribution that our Volunteer Team makes in the lives of our members, clients and community. We are proud of our 300+ volunteers who last year gave their time, energy and passion and together contributed 23,758 hours of community service.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Bernard Betel Centre, please contact Cheryl Besner at 416-225-2112, ext. 127 or


Upcoming Centre Closings

The centre will be closed on the following days:
Friday, March 30 - Good Friday
Sunday, April 1 - Passover
Friday, April 6 - Passover

Please note the centre with be closing early, at 4:00 pm, on Thursday, April 5.

Chag Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover and Happy Easter from the Bernard Betel Centre!

Elder Abuse in Ethnic Communities Conference a Huge Success!

On Friday, March 9, the Bernard Betel Centre organized and hosted a provincial conference on Elder Abuse in Ethic Communities with funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. We hosted over 150 professionals from across the country working in the area of elder abuse.

To view photos from he day, please visit:

Members from the National Young Leadership Cabinet Volunteer at Betel

Our Sunday, March 4 program was energized by the volunteer assistance of members of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, a leadership and philanthropic program within the Jewish Federations of North America. These young volunteers were participating in a Day of Service within local communities throughout North America.


New Rates for Membership Effective April 1, 2018

Starting April 1, 2018, the cost for an annual Bernard Betel Centre membership will be $55 (+HST) per year. This equals to a little over $1 a week! Due to the rising costs of food, consumable products, and programs, we find ourselves needing to raise our rates. After much research and surveying similar centres, our rates are best practice. We thank you for your understanding and welcome any questions you may have.

Betel's Gail Gould Receives 150 Commemorative Medal

Congratulations and Mazel Tov to our Executive Director, Gail Gould for receiving the Willowdale 150 Commemorative Medal presented by MP Ali Ehsassi. This medal is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to Willowdale and whose great achievements as upstanding citizens deserve special recognition.

Bernard Betel Centre Hosting Elder Abuse Conference

On Friday, March 9, 2018, thanks to funding provided by the Province of Ontario, the Bernard Betel Centre in partnership with Elder Abuse Ontario is hosting a province-wide conference “Elder Abuse in Ethnic Communities: Aging in a New Country”. This conference will feature lectures by keynote speakers, engaging workshops and a panel discussion by experienced professionals working directly with immigrant seniors and their families. It will address a multitude of issues faced by seniors in general and immigrant seniors in particular.


Betel Receives Grant from MAZON Canada

In November and December, as part of the "J-Meals at Betel: Holiday & Shabbat Meal Programs for Jewish Seniors & Holocaust Survivors Experiencing Poverty" program, the Bernard Betel Centre hosted three intergenerational programs, including two Shabbat dinners and a Hanukkah J-Meal program. These programs were possible with the generous support and funding from MAZON Canada.


Upcoming Centre Closings

We will be closed on the following days:
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 26 - Boxing Day
Monday, January 1 - New Year's Day

Please note that in addition to the above dates, the Betel Centre Cafeteria will be closed on December 27, 28 and 29.