Sheila and her husband Alan, recent past BJE President, live in Los Angeles. They have two children—Aaron (married to Alissa) and Sarah (married to Josh) — and five grandchildren - Ava, Asher, Amelia, Emma and Nomi.
Sheila was very involved in her children’s education at Sinai Akiba Academy, Pressman Academy, and Shalhevet High School. She has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Temple Beth Am, Camp Ramah, Jewish Family Service and the Diller Advisory Board of the Jewish Federation.
Sheila is a BJE officer and has chaired various BJE committees, including the Financial Resource Development and the Committee on School Accreditation. Sheila and Alan participated in BJE’s first adult March of the Living, followed by a second trip, and through their generosity have made it possible for more teens to share in this life-changing program. The Spiwaks have championed efforts to increase Jewish educational opportunities for children with special needs. And the Spiwaks and the Baran family have supported the BJE mission by providing student scholarships enabling students from low and middle-class families to attend Jewish day schools and participate in Jewish programs.