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14 Jewish News Sheila moved to Phoenix in 1959 to marry Jess Schwartz after meeting him on a blind date in New York. His mother and sister knew my mother she says. I followed him to Arizona and we got married very shortly after that. As a young couple the Schwartzes became involved with Beth Joseph Congregation and sent their three children Frank Abby and Lesley to Phoenix Hebrew Academy. After Jess death in 1996 Sheila founded the Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School which opened in 2001 and closed in 2012. Jewish education and Jewish continuity remain a priority for Schwartz says Rabbi David Rebibo founder of Phoenix Hebrew Academy and Schwartzs friend and rabbi for close to 50 years. For Sheila Jewish education is the means to enforce and enrich and provide sustenance and inspiration for the whole gamut of Jewish continuity Rebibo says. Another way Schwartz contributes to Valley Jewish T here is a line of text in Pirke Avot 115 Say little and do much that accurately describes the actions of Sheila Schwartz a longtime member of the Phoenix Jewish community. Behind the scenes Schwartzs quiet generosity has helped build strengthen and sustain Jewish life in the Valley for more than five decades. by Marilyn Hawkes Woman education is through the Jewish Community Foundation where in 2005 she established the Jewish Day School Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for Jewish day school students above and beyond the Jewish Tuition Organization scholarships. Its in a position now to grant more than 30000 a year as an endowment for support of Jewish day school education according to Richard Kasper president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Foundation. Our community is blessed to count Sheila Schwartz among its leaders and as its go-to hostess for virtually every Jewish organization. Sheilas vision has been instrumental in shaping the future for Jewish children in the Valley and her consistent philanthropic support has been crucial to fulfilling our mission at the Jewish Community Foundation Kasper says. But Schwartzs Jewish philanthropy doesnt end with education says Rebibo. She is especially sensitive to Jewish education as a priority but over the years Ive seen valorof women and giving-sheila.indd 14 12216 1052 AM