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SHEILA SCHWARTZ

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:00 am

When Sheila Schwartz moved from New York to Phoenix in 1959 to marry Jess Schwartz, the Jewish community was small. “Maybe there were 10,000 Jews here at that time,” she says. Today, that number is estimated to exceed 120,000. 

Schwartz has seen many changes in the Jewish community over the past 54 years, and according to Lawrence Bell, executive director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS), there isn’t an organization in this community that hasn’t been touched by her in some way. “Many, many people have benefited from her generosity, and in particular, her support of Jewish education,” Bell says. 

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