As a rabbi’s daughter Sheilah has been on a continual Joyous Jewish Journey!
In high school Sheilah was active in both USY and NFTY. In 1963 Sheilah was awarded a scholarship by the Jewish Agency to study for a year at the Haim Greenberg Institute in Jerusalem. Thus, she claims that she was probably one of the original GAP students! She received her BA at Boston University and then her Master of Library Science at Simmons College. She worked in the Jewish Division of The New York Public Library for five years but then resigned suddenly. At JFK, on her way to Club Med in Martinique, she met a man from Detroit also going there and they were married ten and a half weeks later! Sheilah and Donald, a physician, moved to LA where they raised two daughters Rachel and Sarah both of whom live in LA with their husbands and children. Sheilah and Donald are affiliated with Beth Jacob Congregation and Stephen Wise Temple.
For eighteen years Sheilah was a B’nai Mitzvah mentor at Stephen Wise Temple. Her volunteer experiences in the Jewish community included chairing several Women’s Divisions of the United Jewish Fund, serving on the Women’s Philanthropy Cabinet for The Jewish Federation, and acting as overall co-chair of Super Sunday from 2012-2014. She proudly wears her Lion of Judah pin!
Sheilah’s hobbies include reading, exercising, movies, Hebrew classes at the AJU, and knitting blankets for Shaare Zedek’s newborns project. She also needlepoints and designs Jewish keepsakes such as her personalized Tzedakah box for each grandchild. Her main passion is being a hands-on Savta for her grandchildren Abigail, Benjamin, Emmett, and Ezra who attend Geffen Academy, Harvard-Westlake, and Maimonides.