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We are deeply saddened at the passing of Sylvia Gelman AM MBE, our mentor and wise woman.

Sylvia was National President from 1973 to 1979, Life Governor from 1988, Honorary Life member of ICJW and NCJWA Victoria. She was also President of the National Council of Women Victoria for 3 years.

Sylvia made a significant contribution to the Jewish and general communities for over 6 decades, particularly in the areas of education and women’s rights. Her wide-ranging achievements were acknowledged in being awarded an MBE, an AM, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, induction into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and the JCCV Sir John Monash Award.

Sylvia was deeply loved and a great inspiration to all who knew her. The photo above was taken very recently at the launch of the NCJWA Sylvia Gelman Foundation, which will award scholarships to women for education and research in the area of women’s rights.

Below are links to videos, including Sylvia’s last interview, and tributes given at Sylvia’s funeral.

Interview with Negba Weiss-Dolev, National President of NCJWA, prepared for the NCJWA Sylvia Gelman Foundation Launch on 28th August 2018 (5min 14sec)



Tributes from the Funeral


Sue Stopar and Graham Solomon, family of Sylvia Gelman z”l (12min 29 sec)


Greg Hannon, Deputy Principal Mount Scopus College (7min 20sec)


Sheila Byard OAM, National Council of Women of Australia (6min 11sec)

Rysia Rozen OAM, National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (8min 53 sec)