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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Book Club

Do you enjoy reading an eclectic mixture of books?

Do you like social interaction with friendly, like-minded people?

How about meeting new people, and sharing in stimulating and enjoyable conversations?

If your answer is "yes" to any of the above, then why not come along to our next monthly book club meeting at NSTE?

No fees involved - and both men and women are welcome.

Following our meeting, we all head somewhere nearby for a relaxing lunch.

Contact Helen Bersten (02) 9417 4469 for further information.

Upcoming Event


Next Meeting Date and Time: Wednesday, 2 December 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

We are currently reading “A Gentleman In Moscow” by Amor Towles, and look forward to discussing this at our next meeting.

We are not yet sure if we will be able to meet in-person in the new year, but we are hoping this will be a reality.

Register HERE.

Event Reviews

Boomers and Beyond Book Club Event - 5 June 2019

Our Boomers' Book Club welcomed special guest author, Jessica North, to talk about her book 'Esther'. 

During her presentation, Jessica shared her passion and determination to unearth as many facts as possible about her subject, Esther. Young 16-year-old Esther arrived in the colonies on the First Fleet as a convict. A short time down the track, she became the First Lady of the Colony. 

Jessica's decade of dedicated research bore rich fruit and everyone present found her discussion enjoyable, fascinating and informative. 

Helen Bersten thanked the author and presented her with a gift from the Book Club.  A delicious afternoon tea was served and overall, it was a very successful function.




Boomers and Beyond Book Club Event - 10 October 2018

We were honoured to have author Eddy Boas as our guest speaker.  Carole Sandberg welcomed our guest and Helen Bersten gave thanks afterwards.

According to the Red Cross, Eddy's family of four was the only family to survive the concentration camps as a family unit, which is quite miraculous!
Eddy discussed his journey from a child when war broke out, to how they managed to survive during those years - without going into the more horrific details of what happened. However, anything to do with the concentration camps and our fellow Jews who were there, as well we know, was beyond horrific.
Many people who attended were very surprised to learn that the Dutch government is the only one that has never offered an apology to the Jewish people of Holland, despite many requests to very senior government officials over a long period of time. 

Following his presentation, a number of people purchased an autographed copy of his book, "I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor".   

In a true gesture of generosity, Eddy donated all funds from his sales to NSTE.  He had also personally paid for the large banner that could be seen in the shule foyer.

A delicious afternoon tea was served.  Thanks go to all the hard working "girls" in the  Book Club, in particular, Jenny Wolf who went above and beyond to ensure the afternoon tea was perfect.  We're also grateful to the staff at NSTE for their support and hard work.

- Carole Sandberg  

Mon, 18 January 2021 5 Sh'vat 5781