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.
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.
We would also like to congratulate the award winners for 2018:
Thank you to all those who joined us for the evening.
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
GETT-REFUSAL, JEWISH DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW:
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
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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