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Upcoming events

    • January 25, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • December 13, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Richmond Hill Public Library, Central Branch, Room A/B, 1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON

    • March 01, 2019
    • March 31, 2019
    To view our March 2019 edition of What's On! click HERE.
    Upcoming Programs in March!
    Knitting & Needlepoint
    Knit, crochet or needlepoint in a relaxed environment. Work on personal project, meet new people and have fun! Drop in. No registration required.

    Every Monday
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost: Free

    For more information, please contact Jen MacDonald at 416-225-2112, ext. 105 or, or click HERE.
    Purim Party
    Join us for an evening of excellent food, great music and company! Costumes are optional, but encouraged! Program will be in Russian and English.

    Thursday, March 21
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Cost: $31/$39

    For more information, please contact Lily Boltianski at
    416-225-2112, ext. 103 or, or
    click HERE.
    Smoothie Making Workshop
    Learn how to create quick, easy, healthy and delicious smoothies, then drink up the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labour at the end of the workshop.

    Thursday, March 28
    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Cost: Free

    For more information, please contact Maria Lindgren at 416-225-2112, ext. 130 or, or click HERE

    Olga Yudenko

    The Bernard Betel Centre is mourning the passing of Olga Yudenko.
    We were blessed to have Olga officially begin her employment with the Betel Centre in early February 2015 working as our Meals on Wheels Coordinator and in our Healthy at Home program. How privileged we were to know Olga and work with her these past 4 years.
    Olga was a humble woman who would rarely talk about herself, but lovingly could, if prompted, boast with pride about her two wonderful sons. Olga was a woman of valour. On the Jewish Sabbath a special poem is recited Ashyet Chayil a Woman of Valour. This beautiful poem describes the elegance and grace of Olga. whose passion for life and her family were visible to all who knew her. Until her dying day, her only concern was that she adequately provide for her two sons. She was a woman of strong character, incredible intelligence and passion for her work.
    Olga was a one of a kind, a true professional. She was self-directed, engaging, warm and an incredible problem solver. In the four years that Olga was at Betel she made many close friends and had an incredible impact both initially on our Healthy at Home program and more recently on our Meals on Wheels program. Olga was an organized, unassuming and a true leader.
    Olga presented as an optimist, everything was always fine. But if you looked beyond those calm, striking blue eyes, things were not always as they appeared. She was aware of her illness long before many of us knew. But every day, she would come to work with a smile on her face even if she wasn’t feeling well. She didn’t want to worry her children, friends and colleagues.

    Olga would want us to grieve her for a while, but more importantly she would want us to treasure the memories we have for her in our hearts today, tomorrow and for years to come. We will cherish Olga’s memory and let it live on in each of us.

    "Keep the Light" 
    Our Exhibition at the Miles Nadal JCC

    This past January 2019 we partnered with the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre to celebrate the immense talent of our Russian Oil Painting class with an exhibition titled “Keep the Light”. The opening Reception for the show was a great opportunity for artists, family, friends and the downtown Toronto community to bear witness to the
    talent and dedication of this remarkable group. Read more HERE.


    For more information about our art programs, please contact Jen MacDonald
    at 416-225-2112, ext. 105 or, or click HERE.
    Marla Noble - Honouring a Lifetime of
    Commitment to Volunteer Work

    Marla Noble joined the volunteer team at the Bernard Betel Centre in 2008 as a Friendly Visitor volunteer. During her first three years, Marla provided friendship and conversation to a woman who was a Holocaust survivor. Following that, she took on a new role assisting in the cafeteria where she is still active today.
    Last year, she was recognized for reaching the 10 year milestone for
    volunteer service. Although active with us for the past 10 years, her volunteer engagement began many years prior to joining our team.
     Read more HERE.


    For more information about Volunteer Services, please contact Cheryl Besner
    at 416-225-2112, ext. 127 or To view our current
    volunteer opportunities, please click HERE.
    "Who Knew"

    Who Knew is proudly presented in partnership with Jumblies Theatre, a Toronto-based arts and theatre company with 40+ years of experience who specialize in participatory art projects. Each Monday afternoon Ruth Howard, Artistic Director, and several other artists join us at the Bernard Betel Centre to artfully share stories through discussion, art-making, movement, and sound in a friendly, relaxed environment. It’s a great opportunity to collaborate, explore, and share your extraordinary life. Drop-in and try it out! If you have any questions, please contact Jen MacDonald at 416-225-2112, ext. 105 or Cost: Free

    Monday, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29  •  1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    This program is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council and
    offered in partnership with Jumblies Theatre.
    Volunteer Opportunity: Income Tax Clinic Assistant

    March 3 to March 31, 2019
    Wednesday and Thursday (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm), Sunday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

    This role provides administrative support to the staff responsible for the Income Tax Clinic. Volunteers will direct people arriving for the appointments, provide information, and photocopy documents and forms. Volunteers can choose a weekly shift on Wednesday or Thursday evenings or Sunday during the day. A commitment of one day per week for the duration of the clinic is required. Applicants must be physically mobile and able to stand for long periods of time.

    For more information please contact Cheryl Besner at 416-225-2112, ext. 127
    or To apply for this opportunity, please click HERE.
    Want to learn more about all the great programs and events we have
    coming up? Check out our Winter 2019 or Spring 2019editions of 
    The Monitor, our quarterly program guide.

    Want to look back at past Bernard Betel Centre E-Newsletters? Click HERE.
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    • March 26, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Roxborough Retirement Residence, 1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P8

    TIPS York Region!

    Please join us for

    York Region Breakfast Meeting

    Kick off to a great new year!!

    to be held at:

    The Roxborough Retirement Residence

    Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

    Time: 8:30am to 9am Networking

              9am to 11am Training



    The Roxborough Retirement Residence

    1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P8

    Hosts Cathy and Sarah

    RSVP – by March 19th

    Guest Speaker – Stacey Medonca – Alzheimer Society York Region  Stacey will be providing a 2 hour training “Dementia Friendly Community” 

    Please arrive 8:30 as we are starting the training presentation at 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    Thank you and see all there!

    • March 27, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 26, 2019
    • Memories+, 291 Davis Drive, Unit 8, Newmarket, ON

    • March 29, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Richmond Hill Public Library, Central Branch, Room B, 1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON

    • May 05, 2019
    • Hill House Hospice, 36 Wright Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4A1

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