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BEST OF JEWISH PHOENIX 2016 17 equipment. Several organizations including AIPAC and BBYO are implementing programs to educate high school students Schwartz says but she would like to see more effort made in that area. Outside of the Jewish community Schwartz supports many secular organizations including the Phoenix Symphony Arizona Opera Chrysalis Program Chai Singleton Moms Phoenix Childrens Hospital Barrow Neurological Institute and the list goes on according to Schwartzs personal assistant of 13 years Janice Caracciolo. Sheila reads a lot and when she sees something that hits her here she says pointing at her heart she tells me to contact them and says See how I can help. Shes an absolutely amazing person and mentor. I cant imagine learning more from anyone else about how to be kind to people and whats really important in the world Caracciolo says. When a request for a donation comes in Schwartz saves each one Caracciolo says. At a particular time during the year she goes through them and gives to almost all of them. She cant bear to watch people do without. Her favorite expression is Its not going to change my life but its going to help somebody else. Schwartz signs her Jewish Commu- nity Foundation Endowment Book of Life in 1998 surrounded by from left her son-in-law Eli Hammer daugh- ter Lesley Hammer son Frank and daughter Stephanie. Photo courtesy of Jewish Community Foundation Over the years Ive seen her involved with practically every Jewish organization Shes a community person. Rabbi David Rebibo Schwartz smiles with pianist Jeffrey Siegel who pro- vided the entertainment when she was honored by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society in 2013. Photo courtesy of AZJHS women and giving-sheila.indd 17 12116 115 PM