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BEST OF JEWISH PHOENIX 2016 15 her involved with practically every Jewish organization he says. Shes a community person. And Schwartzs support for the Jewish community is legendary. She has been a past leader of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix serving on the federation and Womens Philanthropy boards and was awarded the federations Medal of Honor in 2010 for her dedication to the community. She received the Jewish National Funds Tree of Life award in 2003 and was honored by Arizona Jewish Historical Society in 2013 for her continued support of the Jewish community in Arizona. Schwartz also supports a wide variety of Jewish organizations including Jewish Free Loan Valley Beit Midrash Moishe House and the Jewish Studies program at Arizona State University to name a few. As someone who has benefited from Schwartzs guidance Todd Herzog Temple Solels cantorial soloist and founder of Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest says Schwartz gave him strong support when he was trying to launch his fledgling festival in 2013. Shes someone who has such strong principles and vision and is willing to go out on a limb to support something that she sees as worthwhile Herzog says. But at the same time Schwartz suggested Herzog also raise funds on his own. She would say OK go out and see what you can do and then lets touch base in two weeks and if you need me Im here for you. Its kind of like tough love in a way Herzog says. Shes especially encouraging of younger people getting involved in philanthropic efforts. In that regard Schwartz been a strong role model Scribe Ron Sieger of Los Angeles puts the nishing touches on a Torah at Beth Joseph Congregation written in 2012 in honor of Schwartz right and her family. At top left is Rabbi David Rebibo of Beth Joseph Congregation. Photo by Mark Gluckman Schwartz right hosts a 2014 graduation celebration for the participants of the Jewish Arizonans on Campus Maimonides Leaders Fellowship program. Photo courtesy of Rabbi Jordan Brumer and many have taken her lead. But some in the younger generation are taking a somewhat different approach and are leaning away from the traditional federation model of giving. I feel that its unfortunate but theyre not Our community is blessed to count Sheila Schwartz among its leaders and as its go-to hostess for virtually every Jewish organization. Richard Kasper women and giving-sheila.indd 15 12216 1045 AM