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Maxine E. Schwartz

Since April, 1992, Maxine Schwartz has worked with Professor Haim Shaked, first in the Middle East Studies Institute (MESI) of the University of Miami's Graduate School of International Studies and now, since its creation in 1998, at the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies with the title of Director of Development and Outreach. Her responsibilities include fund-raising in all its aspects; planning and budgeting operations; outreach programming such as named lectures, symposia, conferences and partnership programs with other agencies and the editing of materials published and disseminated by the Center. She works closely with Professor Shaked in in all aspects of the Center’s activities.

From 1988 to 1990, Maxine served as the General Campaign Chairman of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the first woman to do so in the Federation's fifty year history and the first woman to chair a campaign in a major Jewish community. During her two year tenure as General Chair, over $40,000,000 was raised. She also convinced the Federation’s Board of Directors to mount their first mega-mission to Israel, filling two chartered 747 jets in May,1990. Since then, she and her husband, Kenneth Schwartz, have led two additional mega-missions one in October, 1991, and another in November, 1998 - taking over 2000 people to Israel. From 2001-2006, she has been part of a 3 man/1-woman team organizing and leading Solidarity Missions to Israel every January. In May, 2008, she led the Federation’s Sixtieth Anniversary Mission. In all, Maxine has lead over 20 missions for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Maxine served as an officer of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation from 1984-94. In 1982, she was appointed to the Federation’s Executive Committee, on which she still serves. In 2009, she was elected as a Life Member of the Federation’s Board of Trustees. She has served in both the General Campaign and the Women's Division in many leadership positions. In the Women’s Department she served as Campaign Chair (1976-78) and President (1980-82). In the General Campaign, in addition to her service as General Campaign Chair, Major Gifts Chair and Mega Mission Chair. She was the first General Super Sunday Chair, the first Shabbat Across Miami Chair and the only Operation Moses Chair. In 2002, she chaired 70 parlor meetings as part of the Israel Emergency Campaign in which Miami raised an additional $13,000,000 within 7 weeks. In 2007, she co-chaired the Israel Emergency Campaign which raised over $10,000,000 in 6 weeks.

In 1976. the Greater Miami Jewish Federation awarded her the Stanley C. Myers Award, given for outstanding young leadership and in May of 2009, she was elected as a Life Member of the Federations Board of Directors in recognition of her many years of service.

Nationally, Maxine served for 12 years (1983-95) as a member with various portfolios of the National United Jewish Appeal's Women's Campaign,including National Lion of Judah Chair (gifts in excess of $5,000 per year), National Education Chair and National Training Chair.

In March, 2004, Maxine was honored by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces for her outstanding work on behalf of the Jewish people.

Maxine was Miami’s 2010 Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award recipient, “given every two years to extraordinary women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism. These women have been chosen by their communities as “women of valor” with lifetimes of commitment to the Jewish world.” (GMJF newsletter)

Maxine attended Cornell University and received a B.A. from Barnard College in October, 1959. She is married to Kenneth and they have 6 children and 7 grandchildren.

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