1. This took place at Agudath Israel Synagogue.
2. The recording starts with Phylis Racow's introduction of Betsy Rigal who was a second cousin of Sylva Gelber. Ms. Regal was a pioneer feminist who worked for in the civil service for many years. She was born in Toronto to Louis Gelber and Sarah Morris (Montreal) and attended Havergal Ladies College. Later she studied at Columbia University in New York but had to cut her studies there due to the depression. She also attended Camp Canaan, a Zionist camp in Maine as a young woman. While at Havergal, she learned about the new testament so that she could better understand other religions. She is described as a feisty, flamboyant character who had a deep curiosity about life. She performed Negro spirituals and the blues on the radio. Journalism and theatre were two of her passions. In 1931, she produced a very successful play at Hart House. She moved to Palestine for 15 years, leaving on the eve of the establishment of the state of Israel. This is where she began her career in social work which she continued in Canada. She lobbied for health insurance, maternity leave, welfare programs etc., and eventually became Director of the Women's Bureau in the Dept. of Labour. She was given 5 honourary degrees and sat on the Board of Governors of Trent University. She attributed her social conscience to her Jewish background. Shirley Berman thanked the guest speaker and spoke of her memory of Sylva Gelber.