Sylvia Gelman, AM MBE z’l
19 April 1919 – 19 September 2018

It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of Sylvia Gelman AM MBE z’l, former Vice President and Life Member of NCJWA Vic, as well as a Past President and Life Governor of NCJWA Ltd. A highly respected member of the Jewish community, Sylvia was a wise woman of NCJWA, always in tune with what was happening in the organisation and ready with sage advice.

Sylvia was active in NCJWA from her retirement in the 1970’s until her passing. In Victoria we have honoured Sylvia’s contribution, for many years, through the annual Sylvia Gelman Award for Outstanding Female Jewish Educator.

Sylvia’s contributions to the Jewish and broader communities have been recognised in a number of ways. In 1977 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, in 1981 she was made an MBE and in 2003 an AM. In addition, her contributions were recognised through her induction into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2012.

Sylvia’s contributions were many and varied through her career as a teacher inspiring so many generations of students, her work in NCJWA and in the National Council of Women (Victoria) as well as the International Council of Jewish Women.

May her memory be for a blessing.

Miriam Bass

Lee Ann Basser


Our 91st Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 23 August was a very special night.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement that NCJWA (Vic) has entered into an agreement in principle with the Theodor Herzl Social Club to significantly contribute to the re-development and upgrading of facilities at the Herzl Club site at 222 Balaclava Road and acquire part ownership of this site.

Once the work is complete, NCJWA (Vic) will join the Herzl club and current tenants in the renovated premises, so beginning another chapter for these organisations in a renewed community centre. Future plans for our current buildings 131-133 Hawthorn Road are still being determined.

Elections for Office bearers and those nominating for Board positions were also conducted.

2018/19 Board

Office Bearers:

  • President Miriam Bass
  • Vice President Debbie Strauch
  • Treasurer Hannah Greenberg
  • Secretary Helen Lewin

Board members: 

  • Moran Dvir
  • Sally Davis  
  • Judy Hacker
  • Elaine Jacobs
  • Anna Serry
  • Karen Stock
  • Ann Wollner

We would also like to congratulate the award winners for 2018:

  • Sylvia Gelman Award: Etty Ben David and Monica Brivik
  • President's Award: Sandy Abrahams
  • Fanny Reading Scholarship: Avi Winner
  • Caulfield Volunteer Award: Shelley Dukes

Thank you to all those who joined us for the evening.

Miriam Bass

Want to know more about the current situation of Women in Israel but were unable to make it to our 2018 Mina Fink Lecture with Professor Daphna Hacker from Tel Aviv Univeristy? 

A video of the lecture is now available here and on our YouTube Channel.


Past Achievements and Future Directions of Women's and Feminist Organizations in Israel

By Nancy Strichman, PhD

As referenced at the Mina Fink Lecture with Professor Daphna Hacker

June 2018

View and Download (2MB PDF)


A submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission

Prepared by Talya Faigenbaum and Dr Ann Wollner

On behalf of

Unchain My Heart Incorporated Inc and

National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Ltd

Available Here

NCJWA Shadow Report to CEDAW

This week the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women will consider Australia's compliance with the UN Women's Convention. 

NCJWA submitted a shadow report on the issue of agunot/gett refusal to the committee. 

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