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    • June 01, 2020
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    • June 30, 2020
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    May was another busy month for the Bernard Betel Centre staff and volunteers! In addition to our Meals on Wheels program, cooking and delivering over 1,000 Kosher meals each week, and our staff and volunteers making hundreds of calls to our members and clients, our roster of online programs is growing and the feedback on these programs has been wonderful. Although we would all prefer to be meeting in person, we are hearing how tremendously impactful, well run, fun, and engaging these programs are, and a great way to build connections during this challenging time. If you haven't attended one of our programs, please do! We have a great schedule for June and something for everyone!

    While we do not yet know when we will be able to open our doors to the public, we want to assure you that the Bernard Betel Centre is working on a plan. We have established a committee of staff and board members that are working on a list of procedures and policies that are needed to be put in place prior to opening the building to the public. The health and safety of our members, staff, volunteers, and community are of utmost importance to us. More information about how we will be protecting our members, staff, volunteers and the community will be shared shortly. If you have any questions about programs, membership, volunteering, and more, please visit our FAQ section, and don't hesitate to contact us at anytime. We miss you!


    Volunteer Services - Helping Us Stay Connected

    Join our Volunteer Team!
    The onset of COVID-19 was sudden. Within days our centre closed to the public and we found ourselves isolated at home. We miss our friends and look forward to the day we can reconnect and see each other again. In the interim, we are finding new ways to stay connected to our Betel family. Volunteers are playing a key role in maintaining this connection. We are currently recruiting for two new volunteer roles that can be done remotely from home. Through these roles, you will help us stay connected to our members, many of them isolated and alone. For some, you will be their lifeline and connection to the outside world. The purpose of each position is to provide check-in and reassurance through regular telephone calls with individuals who may be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to reduce their sense of isolation and loneliness, and assist in connecting them to resources to meet their immediate needs.

    Team “Chai” Telephone Check-in Volunteer – you will be provided with the names of 18 Bernard Betel Centre members who you will keep in contact with. The calls can be spread out over a 2 week period, and at the end of the 2 weeks, you repeat the calls again. Some of the calls will be 5-10 minutes and there may be some members who benefit from a longer chat, possibly every week.  

    Friendly Visit Over the Phone – you will be matched with one member/client who is more isolated and lonely, and requires more than a 5-10 minutes check-in. You will connect with them 1-2 times per week for a friendly visit over the phone.



    • Excellent listening skills
    • Demonstration of compassion and patience
    • Ability to exercise sound judgement and focus on the needs of the member/client
    • Excellent verbal skills in English or Russian
    • Exhibit a friendly and positive attitude 
    For more on these volunteer roles, please email Cheryl at

    Online Virtual Programs

    We had another success month of online virtual programs! A few highlights include Maria's Monday fitness classes on our Facebook page, our two Sunday 'living room' concert series with Dave Giles and David Skolnick, our Wednesday morning Cooking Club, and News, Views and Schmooze with Harvey and Judy Skonlick!

    In June, we have another EXCITING line up for you! We have Cooking Club (every Wednesday), Art Appreciation (every Friday), more Facebook Live 'living room' concerts with Dave Giles (June 14) and Jerry Rush (June 28), Fitness with Maria (every Monday), Seniors' Centre Without Walls (phone-in programs), some incredible workshops including Learn to Zoom and Other Tech Skills (June 2), Life and Death in Pompeii with Ryerson Professor, Felice Gorica (June 9) What is Pride Month (June 18), Arthritis and Feet with Betel's Chiropodist Theeba (June 25), and MORE! Join us from the comfort of your home! A full list of our programs can be found HERE including our June calendar
    If you have any questions, please contact Maria Lindgren at

    Donated Masks for our Meals on Wheels Program

    We are so grateful for the incredible donations of mask we received in the month of May for our Meals on Wheel staff and volunteers. Roz Weitzman generously donated 50 non-medical masks that she sewed for our Meals on Wheels volunteers and for veterans. Roz shared her story and inspiration to make the masks, and why she decided to donate some to the Bernard Betel Centre HERE. In mid-May, we received a generous donation of lovely homemade non-medical masks from King & Bay as part of the initiative Mission2Mask. Read the full story HERE. And finally, a group of university students, who founded Canadian Face Masks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, generously donated 40 face masks to the Bernard Betel Centre. Read the full story and learn more about Canadian Face Masks HERE.

    With the increased demand for our essential Meals on Wheels program, these donated masks are much needed! We are so grateful for the generosity of the community!


    Kosher Meals on Wheels

    Let us cook for you! We deliver nutritious, delicious, and affordable kosher meals right to your home Monday to Friday. All meals include a fresh soup, entrée, starch and vegetable. For more information, contact Alla Kolova, Coordinator, Meals on Wheels, at 416-225-2112, ext. 134 or, or click HERE.


    Вы говорите по-русски? Присоединяйтесь к одной из наших виртуальных русскоязычных онлайн-программ через Zoom или программ «Центры для пожилых людей без стен» для проведения телеконференций по телефону! Мы предлагаем английский разговорный клуб и дискуссионную группу. Все программы бесплатны.

    Для регистрации на программы «Центры для пожилых людей без стен» обращайтесь k Лиле 416-225-2112  доп.103 или

    Good News Stories!


    Need some good news among the uncertainty? We have come across some lovely stories and have been sharing many of them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Have a good news story to share? Please email


    Want to look back at past Bernard Betel Centre E-Newsletters? Click HERE.
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    • June 09, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
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    We do look forward to connecting with those who are able to call in on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

    Premier Ford could announce the next phase of loosening restrictions, are you ready? Do you feel confident you can make a difference? 

    What are your biggest challenges? How can we as an agency/group support your next steps.

    We look forward to another great Zoom...………..

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