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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

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Film Group

The Boomers & Beyond Film Group meets once every two months, usually at 5pm on Sunday evenings.

Chosen by the Film Group Sub-Committee, we view films that generally have a Jewish theme and are introduced by knowledgeable congregant members. A light supper and discussion session follows each film. 

For more information, email Boomers & Beyond and keep an eye on this page for updates. 

Next Screening

Sunday, 30 August - 5:30 - 6:30pm
Screening of: Orchestra Class

Join us for another stimulating and enjoyable Boomers Zoomers event.

We will be discussing the film: "Orchestra Class", which is ” available free for viewing on
SBS on Demand HERE.

Simon Daoud is a professional violinist who is assigned to teach music to an unruly class of children aged 13/14. His mission is to teach these loudmouths to perform the violin parts in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade to be performed at the Paris Philharmonic at the end of the school year. The film’s heartwarming core is its portrayal of a very diverse group of kids. As Simon gets to know the kids and their families he sees his priorities shift.

This is an updated 'Blackboard Jungle' with classical music!

We look forward to repeating the great success of our recent Boomers Zoomer's film group events – so, please register below and the link for the meeting will be sent to you.

Register for the event HERE.

Recent Events

Sunday, 19 July, 2020 
Film: "A Matter Of Life And Death” 

This classic 1946 British film, starring a young David Niven, was way ahead of its time. It combines a love story, fantasy, medical triumph and politics — It's a feel-good movie to be enjoyed by all.

John Polgar introduced the film and lead the discussion. 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Hosted by Rabbi Nicole, the Boomers Zoomers Film Group held its first virtual meeting on Sunday 21 June to discuss the 2006 Academy Award winning film, The Lives of Others.  28 Zoom participants, accounting for over 40 people, joined us to hear Dr Don Perlgut give a précis and commentary on the film which included referencing some privacy issues still endured by citizens of many countries.  Peter Schlesinger spoke about his family’s experiences of having an aunt living in East Berlin in the period covered by the film.  And Peter Balint recounted personal experiences of his life under a communist regime in Hungary.  This was followed by a lively Q&A session moderated by Rabbi.

The success of this event led to a unanimous vote to continue with Zoom discussions as long as COVID 19 restrictions remain.  Our next discussion is scheduled for 19 July when we will discuss the 1946 award winning film A Matter of Life and Death, starring a very young David Niven.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

The movie 'The Reader' was screened at NSTE. Based on a novel by Bernard Schlink, this multi-award winning film stars Kate Winslet, David Kross and Ralph Fiennes. It is an intriguing and fascinating movie that tackles challenging themes including long-kept secrets, guilt and the Holocaust. 

Sunday, 15 December 2019

An enthusiastic group of Boomers came together last week to watch the highly entertaining movie "Cactus Flower".  It was agreed that the stars Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn were all deserving of the accolades they received.

Film Group Coordinator, Peter Schlesinger, complimented the committee for the dedication and work they put in to bringing interesting films to the Temple and making our functions enjoyable for our audiences.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

We had a successful function on Sunday 27 October, screening 'As Good As It Gets', with 29 attendees, well outstripping the 4 who had registered! After a few technical issues, we got the film going and all up the night was enjoyed by all.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Full House For The Chosen. 
A record number of  regular and new movie-buffs attended the Boomers’ screening of The Chosen held at the  Frank Wolf  Community Hall on Sunday 30th June.  The moving and thought-provoking  issues raised by the film provided participants with plenty  to  talk about as they shared their personal responses to the viewing over a cuppa.  Invited guest speaker, Dr Simon Holloway, biblical and Hebrew scholar, currently  a member of the Jewish Museum Education Team,  provided us with valuable background information on Chaim Potok, author of the Chosen.  Simon also interestingly addressed the key differing  views raised in the film by the charismatic Chasidic rebbe (Rod Steiger) and his  counterpart . Please note, that as with all previously screened films by the  Boomers, the Chosen DVD has been donated to the Temple Library for personal borrowing

Sunday, 28 April 2019

About 50 people attended our last film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.  Human Rights Commissioner, Ed Santow addressed the group on some of the issues that came up in the movie and an interesting discussion and explanation about human rights ensued.  Mr Santow received a heartfelt ovation from those present and joined participants for refreshments and a continuation of discussions.

We look forward to our next film The Chosen based on Chaim Potok’s book of the same name.  It will be shown on 30 June at 5:00 pm.  Please keep the date free and watch for the announcement of the Guest Speaker for that event.


Sat, 26 September 2020 8 Tishrei 5781