Recent News

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.

Staying Home When You Are Sick

Flu season is upon us, and we want to remind all our members to stay home if you are feeling unwell. Staying home when you are sick is important to avoid spreading the illness and making your friends, our volunteers and staff sick, to recover properly, and allowing your body the time and rest it needs.

Here are some tips to help strengthen your immune system and help prevent the spread of illness:
(1) cover your cough with your sleeve
(2) stay at home if you are unwell
(3) wash your hands often
(4) get enough rest and regular exercise
(5) eat well and drink water regularly

Giving Tuesday

This is no ordinary Tuesday. It is a special and important day in our community. Today is Giving Tuesday! Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not everyone knows about Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a new movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

United Way CN Tower Stair Climb

On Sunday, November 5, a small but mighty team from the Bernard Betel Centre participated in the CN Tower Climb raising funds for the United Way of Toronto and York Region. The team skipped the elevator and conquered all 1,776 steps to reach the top! They had a great time, and raised $2,161 doing it! Thank you to everyone that supported the Bernard Betel Centre team and the United Way of Toronto and York Region. To learn more about the CN Tower Stair Climb for United Way, please visit:

Holocaust Education Week Presentation

On Wednesday, November 8, the Bernard Betel Centre will host a Holocaust Education Week program.

"The Claims Conference 65 Years Later: A “Small Measure of Justice” for Holocaust Survivors"

Winter 2018 Monitor Pick Up

Due to the high cost of mailing The Monitor, and our membership's request to receive our program brochure as soon as possible, the Fall 2017 copy was the last edition mailed to all members. As you are aware, over the past year we have been slowly integrating this new practice. By providing our membership this opportunity we will be able to reallocate much needed financial resources to our programs and services and you will be able to register for programs and events earlier than before. Please pick up your copy of the 2018 Winter edition of The Monitor, available mid-November.

Community Rosh Hashanah Lunch

On Sunday, September 17, the Bernard Betel Centre hosted a community Rosh Hashanah lunch for some of the most marginalized and vulnerable clients of the Jewish community. This event was sponsored by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Jewish Family and Child, Reena, Circle of Care, JVS, JIAS Toronto and the Kehilla Residential Programme invited clients to this event. Over 150 individuals were invited including 65 of Betel's clients and members.


Upcoming Centre Closings

Please be advised, the Bernard Betel Centre will be closed (or closing early) on the following days:

Wednesday, September 20 (closing at 3pm) - Erev Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 21 – Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 22 – Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 29 (closing at 3pm) - Kol Nidre
Wednesday, October 4 (closing at 3pm) - Erev Sukkot
Thursday, October 5 – Sukkot
Friday, October 6 – Sukkot
Monday, October 9 – Thanksgiving
Wednesday, October 11 (closing at 3pm)
Thursday, October 12 – Shemini Atzeret
Friday, October 13 – Simhat Torah