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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Schmooze Outing Group

Our Schmooze Outing Group is for anyone of any age, both members and non-members, who is interested in meeting and interacting with other like-minded people.

We visit Museums, Galleries, Gardens, Historic houses/buildings, plus more!  Outings are four times a year and are usually from around 10:00am to 3:30pm.

The cost of each outing includes transport, lunch, and entry fees. Subsidies MAY be available upon request.

For more information, please contact Gail Fox


Boomers Schmooze Outing - Australian Wildlife Park, Gosford Regional Art Gallery & Japanese Garden

Tuesday, 12 November, 2019 • 14 Cheshvan 5780

8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

On the last Boomers Schmooze outing for 2019. come and enjoy a day outdoors and meet up with old and new friends.

Program for the day:

9:45am     Meet at NSTE for 10:00am departure

11:00am  Arrive at Australian Wildlife Park at Calga

  • "meet the ranger" and get close and personal with koalas, pythons & kangaroos
  • stroll around the animal loop
  • morning tea & lamington bites

12:00pm   Drive to Gosford Regional Gallery

12:30pm   Stroll around the beautiful Japanese garden which is a traditional “shuyu” (strolling) garden, gifted by their
                 sister city in Japan (Edogawa)

1:30pm     Lunch in the cafe, following by a viewing of the art exhibition - solo exhibition of Central Coast Aboriginal
                 artist, Gary Purchase

2:30pm      Depart Gosford

3:30pm      Return to NSTE Chatswood

 Cost (includes all the above):

NSTE members: $47.50
Non-members:    $52.50

Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.


Recent Outings

Thursday 6 June

A small enthusiastic group boarded our mini bus for the city. We were dropped right outside the state library in Macquarie Street, where we were met by our guide, Rosie Bloch. She had been a NSTE member for many years, before moving to the East!

A fascinating and informative tour of the State Library followed (with a lot of history), and entering places not open to the public. 

Promptly at 12:30pm our bus picked us up and drove is to Observatory Hill, to the National Trust and S.H Erwin Gallery. But first, a delicious lunch in the café at the gallery; then a wander through the current art exhibition, entitled “Salon des Refugees” – containing works of art not accepted into the Archibald and Wynn Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

Back in the bus and return at 3:15pm to NSTE after a delightful “cultural” day out. 

19 February 2019 

Fifteen Boomers met at the Temple on a sunny (but not too hot!) morning and boarded our bus for the hour drive to our first stop, which was MINGYUE Temple, a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple set in beautiful grounds, and comprising 2 very different temples and a massive statue of a female Buddha.

We were met by our guide, Louisa, who led us into the temples and outlined many of the basic tenets of Buddhism, in a very clear and understandable way.

Boarded the bus for our next stop - LUNCH !

This was very close by at the MOUNTIES CLUB (NOT Canadian Mounties!) which is an enormous building with many different eating places and many many pokies!
An enjoyable buffet lunch of both Vietnamese and Western food filled us up for our last sortie of the day -
Bus ride to “downtown” Cabramatta to wander through its countless arcades all filled with food shops and aromas of every type, florists with the most beautiful (and cheap) orchids, etc.

Finally, well fed and weary we returned to NSTE around 3.30pm after a most enjoyable day out.

29 November 2018

Following the torrential rain of last week, a clear day presented itself, and a very enjoyable outing took place around Church Point. We started with a ferry trip on Pittwater around Scotland Island and the eastern shores of West Head, and then on return, had a lovely lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant which is right on the wharf at Church Point. Everyone who came along enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. A questionnaire about potential outings for next year was filled out by everyone, so a program for 4/5 outings next year will be prepared based on these responses, and become available on the website early in the new year.

Hope to see you then!

- Lewis Klipin

(Photo by Meira Marks)


15 March 2018

"A bus load of 18 people spent a delightful day on an outing to Belgenny Farm, located in Camden which took about 1 ¼ hours to reach. First up, a delicious Devonshire morning tea with wonderful home baked scones. Then a tour with a guide around the property learning about the history, original farming, and current use of the farm buildings. Thereafter, a picnic lunch under the shady trees overlooking the paddocks and vineyards. A truly relaxing and informative and sociable day enjoyed by all."

- Lewis Klipin

5 December 2017

On 5 December, our Schmooze Outing Group enjoyed a beautiful Hawksbury Valley Heritage Tour. (Photo by Felicia Conyer)

14 September 2017

The Boomers Schmooze Outing to Parramatta was held on Thursday 14 September and 14 people registered for the event. We boarded the bus at the Temple and left at 10:15am for our first destination.

The trip started off at Elizabeth Farm in Parramatta, where a most informative guide talked about the history of the area and the farm in particular, and then took us through the house. After the tour, a picnic lunch was enjoyed in the courtyard of the House.

The bus then took us the short drive to the Parramatta campus of the University of Western Sydney, where we were met by our guide to take us through the Female Orphan School, which is the oldest standing three storey buiding in Australia, dating from 1813 - the story of the use of this building through two centuries was fascinating.

The building now houses the Whitlam Institute, the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, and the Margaret Whitlam Galleries - we had all too short time to go through these galleries on our own, before boarding the bus and returned to the Temple at 4.30pm.

- Lewis Klipin

Sat, 19 October 2019 20 Tishrei 5780