Jack Gelman

Polar Bear with Vision

Metro TriState NY celebrates the Eldership of Jack Gelman, aka Polar Bear with Vision and Ritual Elder Emeritus. Men of the Community and beyond know Jack for his authenticity, warmth and availability and seek his advice, support, and blessing.
We celebrate Jack’s courage in growing from his life’s challenges of being a fighter pilot in Vietnam, a cancer survivor and loss of employment late in life. He continues to be of service to those he meets, as an advisor, confidant, mentor, and friend, always with humility and vulnerability.

Jack lives the Four Agreements by being impeccable with his word, not taking anything personally, not making assumptions and always doing his best. He and his wife Stephanie now reside in Virginia where Jack continues to serve as a college professor.