Maurice B. Shwayder Camp

Camp of Temple Emanuel

Meet Our 2018 Summer Staff

Meet Our 2018 Summer Staff

Shwayder Camp has some of the most dedicated, caring and fun staff around.  We are excited that they will be spending their summer with us at 10,200 ft. ready to help create an amazing experience for your campers.


A.J. W.

Program Specialist

Littleton, CO

Whats up! I can’t wait to spend my 5th year up at my favorite place in the world. I am just getting done with my second year as a hospitality major, and I can’t wait to get back up to camp. When I’m not up at camp I spend my time long-boarding, listening to music, or hanging out with friends. At camp you’ll be able to find me hanging out in hammock village, or tossing the frisbee around camp. Can’t wait to meet everyone!!!

Ali O.

Arts Specialist

Denver, CO

Hello hello! I’ve never been to Shwayder in the summer but I’ve been a camper/counselor/area-head at another camp most of my life. Looking forward to creating collaboratively this summer and to feeling the magic you all describe. I’m graduating this May from George Washington University in Political Communication.


Alli M.


Broomfield, CO

Hi there! I’m thrilled that I get to spend the summer at Shwayder Camp as a counselor (this will be my first year). I’m currently finishing my first year at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. I plan on majoring in environmental science. I love to travel, read, and hike. I’m a runner and love to get outside. Can’t wait to be in the mountains. It’s going to be a great summer!


Ben C.

S.I.T. Coordinator

Denver, CO

What’s Good! Cannot wait for the summer – it’s going to be 10/10! I’m sure you’re all just as excited as I am to get up to our home in the mountains whether it is your 1st summer or 12th summer like me. Right now I’m learning at the University of Puget Sound where I also spend my time playing for the tennis team and leading outdoor trips. I’m a huge fan of flagpole, forging friendships, and Footloose by Kenny Loggins! At camp, you can either find me getting shots up on the basketball court or in the Beit K’nesset singing my favorite prayer: The Maariv Aravim! I hope that you love Shwayder as much as I do and I can’t wait to see you up there. Mahalo!

Carli M.

Unit Head

Denver, CO

Hi Friends! I’m Carli, and I couldn’t be more excited to spend another magical summer at 10,200 feet! I just finished my sophomore year as a business student at the University of Colorado in Boulder. When I’m not studying, I love spending time with friends, eating sushi, and exploring Boulder. My all-time favorite camp activities are hiking, horseback riding and relaxing in my hammock. I can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces this summer!


Dani M.

Social Worker

Denver, CO

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be returning to Shwayder this year as a Camp Social Worker! It’s been a few years since I’ve worked at Shwayder and I’m excited to be coming back in a new role! I am currently a School Social Worker in Douglas County School District where I work at an alternative high school. When I’m not working I love hanging out with my two dogs, going to yoga and watching movies with my friends. I can’t wait to see you all this summer!

If you need to get in touch with me before or during the summer, shoot an email to!


Dennis P.

Assistant Songleader

Aurora, CO

Hello! I am so excited to return to camp for my 7th year! I am pumped to make amazing music and memories this summer! I am graduating from Cherokee Trail High School this year and will be heading to THE Ohio State University in the fall to study biology and political science! I can’t wait for another amazing summer at THE Shwayder Camp!


Devon C.


Denver, CO

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be a counselor for my 7th summer at Shwayder! Currently, I’m a part time student working on my degree in graphic design through the University of Northern Colorado. When I’m not studying, I work at Temple Emanuel teaching Hebrew and assist in the library. During my downtime I like to practice design, make music, and play with my dog. I can’t wait to see you all at camp this summer!

Eli K-L.


Boulder, CO

Howdy! I am so excited to work at my favorite Jewish summer camp for the second year! This past year I have been traveling all through Latin and South America working on various volunteer projects and studying Spanish. Next year I will be attending Montana State University where you could find me playing some ultimate frisbee or snowboarding. Can’t wait to get back up to the barn!


Eliot M.

Wilderness Specialist

Denver, CO

Shalom folks. Glad to be returning for my third summer on staff at the wonderful Shwayder Camp. I’ve gone to camp since I was a kid and every year I keep discovering more to love about it. I spent this past year teaching 5th grade Judaics and Hebrew at Temple Emanuel, as well as studying Art and Art History at CCD. In my free time I love to read, draw, play music, and of course: get outside and enjoy the ever changing Colorado weather. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone up at 10,200ft!


Emma T.

Senior Counselor

Denver, CO

Well hello there, I’m absolutely ecstatic to be coming to camp for my 12th summer. I just finished my EMT training and spent another semester at St. John’s College and now I’m thrilled to return to Shwayder as a senior counselor. When I’m on my own I love to read, watch bad movies, and make worse music. I cannot wait to be back up at camp, see you soon!

Ethan B.

Head Songleader

Aspen, CO

Shalom, y’all! I can’t wait for my third summer at 10,200 ft singing, dancing, and maybe doing both at the same time! After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, I’ve spent the last few months living in Aspen, CO enjoying everything the mountains have to offer. You will find me at camp getting everyone to sing or playing board games in the chadar ochel.

If you want to songlead this summer, shoot me an email at and I’ll send some resources before camp to you get started!

Ethan S.

Ropes Specialist

Denver, CO

Hi Everybody, I am incredibly excited to be spending my 10th summer up at Shwayder Camp. I will be graduating from Denver Jewish Day School in May and from there I will be heading to Purdue University where I will be majoring in professional flight and minoring in aerospace studies through the Air Force ROTC squadron, with the goal of becoming a pilot in the Air Force. In my free time I enjoy flying, snowboarding, rock climbing, playing with my dog, and watching Netflix. I can’t wait for another amazing summer at 10,200 feet!


Evan J.

Senior Counselor

St. Louis, MO

Hey everybody! I am so excited to be coming back for my second year at Shwayder Camp! I am a full time student pursuing a degree in Information Technology and my MBA through the University of Missouri Honors, Engineering & Business colleges. In my free time, I volunteer through Lion’s club and participate in programming through Mizzou Computing Association. I can’t wait to come back to camp!


Hadar C.


Sde Boker, Israel

‎שלום לכולם! 
These past months I volunteered as Colorado’s teen Israeli emissary- shinshinit, and I’m so glad to spend my last few months in the states at shwayder camp!
I’m really excited to work with a lot of kids that I had the chance to meet and teach this year and also to get to know new people and especially you guys!  My hobbies are music, writing, languages, sports and of course outdoors and traveling.

Hadar H.


Qiriat Ata, Israel

SHALOM!! I’m super excited to come back to
camp, it will be my second time in this magical place called 
Shwayder Camp and I can’t wait to meet all of you! I finished my service in the IDF a few months ago and I’m working as a wrangler in kibbutz Yagur. During my free time you will find me playing with my family, doing yoga, cooking delicious meals and cleaning after my dog! CAN’T WAIT for the summer!!

Hannah C.

S.I.T. Coordinator

Denver, CO

Hi friends and future friends! I cannot contain excitement about returning Shwayder, to do the very best job no less! I work as a 5th grade teacher at an independent school in Denver serving students with diverse learning needs. This May I am receiving my Masters in Special Education. I also enjoy eating burritos for as many meals a day as possible. I’m very excited to dance, sing, and get my knock out skills back on point. See you soon!

Hannah P.


Denver, CO

Shalom Shwayder Camp! This will be my 9th summer up at 10,200ft and I am so excited. I will graduate Cherry Creek High School in May and be attending Gonzaga University in the Fall. The past five years, I have been involved in NFTY and have been the youth president at Emanuel the last two! In my free time, I love taking all three of my dogs on hikes and playing with my cats. I can’t wait to spend another summer in such a magical place!


Jacob P.


Chesterfield, MO

Hello! I am really excited to be coming back to camp this summer after I took a year off last year! I am super excited to have an incredible summer! I go to KU and I am getting my degree in Business Analytics, with a minor in Psychology. I can’t wait to be back at camp and have another amazing year!

Jacob T.

Athletics Specialist

Denver, CO

That’s right, I’m back. This time coming at you with a hot take on the athletics program. I’ve just finished year three at The University of Arizona and I am more than happy to spend the next few months running about the woods. Mainly I look forward to having a recreation center at my disposal, but I am also excited at the prospect of putting my own spin on such an iconic program. It’s always refreshing at the end of the school year to peruse into the camp setting, and as the days pass so to does the time I must wait to see you all once more. My joy can not be understated.


Jacob Theis

Jade G.


Boulder, CO

What’s up Shwayder Camp! I’m super excited to be returning to camp for my 7th summer and my 2nd summer as a wrangler. I’m finishing up my freshman year at the University of Kansas in good old Lawrence, KS. When I’m not studying, I enjoy hanging out in a good coffee shop, binge watching Broad City, or just spending time with friends. As much as I love KU, nothing beats being up at 10,200 ft. Can’t wait to see you at the barn!


Jake D.

Head Wilderness Specialist

Denver, CO

Hey everyone! I am super excited to return for my 3rd summer as wilderness specialist. There is nothing I like more than exploring the trails and finding a cool lake to splash into or a majestic view to experience. I can’t wait to share this passion with the rest of the Shwayder family once again. I went to school for finance and economics and after working as an analyst for a few years, I realized that life wasn’t for me. Since then, I have been exploring my other interests. I just completed a Wilderness EMT course and am looking forward to further opportunities in wilderness guiding.

Jenny R.


Colorado Springs, CO

Hi everybody!
My name is Jenny Rubin this will be my fourth summer at camp! I’m a senior this year at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs and will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall. Right now I plan on double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and History, but that will probably change a million times before graduation! I love hammocking, skiing, traveling, playing tennis, and drinking tea. This summer will be stellar, I can’t wait to meet you all!


Jodie A.

Camp Director

Denver, CO

Hi, I’m currently the Director of Shwayder Camp. I grew up in St. Louis, where I developed a passion for Jewish youth education through my involvement in youth group and synagogue life. While pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Kent State University, I began my tenure at Shwayder camp as a counselor, then kitchen manager, unit head and eventually assistant director. As director, I have brought a passion for Jewish education and identity as I work to develop confident and value-driven campers. One of my greatest joys each summer is getting to work with our amazingly talented staff, and I am currently pursuing my masters in organizational leadership through the University of Colorado Boulder to garner their greatest potential. I am passionate about blending Reform Jewish values that are ingrained in everyday life at camp back into daily life outside of Shwayder and creating a community that is based on respect and pride. See you soon!

Joe E. 


Centennial, CO

What’s up Shwayder? Super psyched to meet you all soon. This is my 6th summer back at camp and excited to make it a good one. I’m graduating from Cherry Creek High School this year and planning on attending University of Alabama in the fall. In my free time you can catch me skiing, hiking, or cruising in my sweet 2004 Toyota Highlander. Counting the days until another awesome summer at 12,000 feet!

Julia T.

Program Director

Denver, CO

For the past three years I have served as the Director of Youth and Young Professional Engagement at Temple Sinai. I planned and ran all youth programs for our kiddos at Temple Sinai, Kindergarten through High School as well as post high school, Sinai Connection, 18 yrs- 26 yrs. Before working at Temple Sinai, I was living in central China, serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching English at the University level.  I am so excited to be coming back for my 6th summer on staff! I worked at Shwayder Camp the summers of 2009-2013 in a variety of capacities from Kitchen staff, to counselor, to Program Director my last summer in 2013. I am so excited to be returning to camp in one of my favorite rolls, as Program Director. I love informal education and I am especially excited to be continuing this work in a Jewish setting at 10,200 feet! When I am not working, you can find me eating tacos (and lots of other foods), hiking, traveling, or chillaxing with my friends and family. This is going to be the greatest summer ever!


Kevin B.

Unit Head

Centennial, CO

Hey! Just came off of traveling around the country for a year as a field engineer and cannot wait to return for my sixth time at Shwayder Camp and my fourth year as a staff member! At the moment my work has been involved in mapping and inspecting cell and broadcast tower but in a couple years will hopefully return to school to study in education. I enjoy playing soccer, reading, and socializing I look forward to experiencing Shwayder magic once more.

Lauren H.

Senior Counselor

Denver, CO / Vancouver, BC

Hello! This will be my 11th year at Shwayder and I’m so excited to come back after being away for a few years! I just finished my third year at UBC in Vancouver, British Columbia, ready to be back in America for a summer! I’m studying Latin American studies but plan to go to film school after I graduate. In my free time I enjoy working on film projects, listening to music, snowboarding and playing soccer. Can’t wait to have another amazing summer at my favorite place.


Lucie D.

Multi-Media Specialist

Fort Collins, CO

Hey everyone! I’m Lucie and this will be my 9th summer up at the one and only Shwayder Camp. I am currently finishing up my senior year at Poudre High School in Fort Collins and will be attending University of Colorado Boulder in the fall double majoring in integrated physiology and french. Some things I love are tennis, photography, playing guitar, singing, volleyball, hiking and spending time with friends. Can’t wait to see you all soon! Don’t forget to SAY CHEESE!

Maddy D.

Unit Head

Salt Lake City, UT

Shalom!! I am so excited to be back in the fresh mountain air with all of my favorite people this summer! I’m currently wrapping up my degree in Public Health at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and hoping to get my masters in social work within the next few years. When I’m not in class or working at the JCC as an afterschool counselor you can find me obsessing over corgis, watching Greys Anatomy or being outside. I can’t wait to be back at 10,200 ft for my 12th summer!!

Magen G.


Centennial, CO

I am so excited to join the amazing staff at Shwayder for the first time this summer! I am currently a student at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health Science. When I am not in class, I work at a performing arts theater and teach kickboxing and self defense classes at the recreation center on campus. In my free time I like to hang out with friends, read, do crafts, and practice or learn new instruments!


Maggie A.


Boulder, CO

Hey y’all my name is Maggie and I’m so excited for this summer!!! I will be graduating from Fairview High School in May and will be attending CSU in the fall with a major in psychology. I love snowboarding, shopping, Netflix, and camping! I can’t wait to continue my 7 year Shwayder journey!!!

Melanie B.


Denver, CO

Hey! My name is Melanie, and I am so excited to be spending another summer up at Shwayder Camp! I am currently finishing up my senior year at Denver Jewish Day School and will be attending Cornell University in the fall, majoring in Global and Public Health Sciences. When I’m not dancing, you can find me hanging out with friends or relaxing in Hammock Village! Can’t wait to meet you all! See you soon!

Merav V.


Eliad, Israel

Hi this is my first year in shwayder camp and I’m really excited to get started! In my every day life I’m working in a ranch as a wrangler and instructor. I really like animals and specifically horses. In my free time I like to travel, and always trying to find new places in the nature. Can’t wait to meet you all!


Micah K.


Redlands, CA

Shalom Shwayder Camp! I’m so excited to be spending my first summer up at camp. I’m originally from Redlands, California but currently finishing up my sophomore year at the University of Kansas. I’m an Environmental Studies Major hoping to become a teacher later on. In my free time, I enjoy making music, hanging out with friends, and playing Fortnite. Although I spent a few summers at a different Jewish summer camp, I can’t wait to spend my summer making memories with all of you at Shwayder!


Mitch B.

Specialist Coordinator

Boulder, CO

Hey everybody I’m so excited to be spending my fifth summer up at Shwayder. Shwayder is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been with people who are even more amazing than the location. The last two summers I had a great time as the specialist coordinator and can’t wait to do it again. Right now I am a student at The University of Colorado finishing up my environmental studies major. I love everything outdoors especially rock climbing. I am so excited to meet you all and have another Shwayder filled summer.

Nadav B.


Rosh Hanikra Kibbutz, Israel

שלום !
Hello -Shalom -Shwayder Camp! I am so excited to be spending my first summer up at this camp.
Lately, I just finished my services at the IDF army – Israel Defense Forces. It was a big and important part in my life, it was an enhancing and great experienced and I spent a great time over there. 
In my free time, I enjoy sailing, hanging out with friends, swimming, listen to music and my biggest love -reading books. I especially like the authors: Danielle Steel, Michael Connelly, and Jeffrey Archer. I can’t wait to spend my summer making memories with all of you at Shwayder! See you soon!

Natalie F.

Senior Counselor

Salt Lake City, UT

Hey everyone:) I am so incredibly excited to be returning to camp for my second year on staff. I am currently finishing up my freshman year at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Outside of class I work at a preschool on campus, volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and attend Zumba class. I love being in Boston, but I really miss the mountains so I can’t wait to be there with all of you!


Ofek W.


Haifa, Israel

Hi everyone! I can’t wait for the first time I’ll meet you all.
This summer I’m going to be a counselor and also a yoga instructor and I’m SO excited about it! In my every day life I really like running, swimming, surfing, snowboarding, listen to music, cooking and of course spend some time with family and friends. I was just released from the army. I served as an instructor in dogs unit, that was an amazing time, but now I cant wait till the camp will start  I wish for a great summer! See you soon!


Olivia R.

Dance Specialist

Zionsville, IN

Greetings and salutations!! I’m Olivia and I’m super excited to be working at camp this summer. I’ll be a freshman at the University of Denver in the fall. I love garlic bread, penguins, and having a good laugh. Can’t wait to dance the summer away!


Rachel B.


Littleton, CO

Hey everyone! I can’t wait to spend my ninth summer up in the beautiful Shwayder valley. I’ll be graduating from Rock Canyon High School this May and will attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall. Outside of school you can find me snowboarding, playing soccer, or on a hike exploring all that Colorado has to offer. I also enjoy being involved in NFTY and Temple Emanuel’s youth group. Shwayder has been my second home for many years, and I’m thrilled to be back this summer!

Ran M.


Jerusalem, Israel

This is going to be my first summer camp, and I am curious and excited! The last three years I served as a combat soldier in the IDF, and it is now two months that I am “a free man.” I like basketball, volleyball, soccer, and also hiking, reading, music and acting. See you soon guys!

Roni S.

Head Wrangler

Kibbutz HaSolelim, Israel

Hey everyone! I’m super excited to came back for my third summer at shwayder camp. In the past year I was a wrangler in a therapeutic stable, in general horses are my world. When I’m not at the stable you can find me with my friends, eating pizza or ice cream, listening to good music that makes you dance. Can’t wait to see you up there in 10,200 feet!


Sam F.


Englewood, CO

Shwayder Camp! My name is Sam and I’m so excited to be up at camp this summer. After eight years as a camper and one year in the SIT program, I cannot wait to be a counselor. I just finished my senior year at Cherry Creek High School here in Denver and will be headed up to the University of Colorado in the fall to study Computer & Electrical Engineering. My hobbies include music (both singing and listening), swimming, skiing, and hanging out with friends. See you all at 10,200 feet!


Sam R.

Unit Head

Saint Albans, VT

Hey Shwayder Family! I’m ecstatic to be back at camp for my fourth-ish summer on staff and first since 2015! Originally from Vermont, I wandered out to Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver in 2016 finding wonderful Shwayder along the way! I worked for a year after college with maps and satellites and now I’ve been traveling the globe all over on a round the world plane ticket for the last ten months. I love traveling, hiking, skiing, and laying in my hammock and I cannot wait to breathe that Shwayder mountain air and experience this summer with you all! After this Summer, I’ll be teaching English in Beit She’an Israel for 10 months so I’m happy to keep the amazing Jewish Community train rolling!


Sarah B., RN


Rifle, CO

Hi Ya’ll I am so excited to be your Nurse at Shwayder Camp. I am the Director of Health Services for our school district. I love meeting all of you coming for the first time. I am excited to see everyone returning for another Magical summer.

Scott A.

Communications Coordinator

Overland Park, KS

Hey! I’m so excited to get up to camp for my 8th summer, but my first since 2013! Currently, I am about to graduate from the University of Kansas with a degree in film and media studies. In my free time, I enjoy making and listening to music, reading and writing, and playing sports.
Can’t wait to see some old friends and make new ones!

Shay M.

Head Ropes Specialist

Bnei Zion, Israel

Hey everybody, I’m really excited to come back for my second summer up at Shwayder and in it’s beautiful location. My last summer I had a great time working the ropes course and I can’t wait to lead this summer’s ropes course and climbing wall. I spent the most of my last year traveling, I love hiking, climbing, skiing and being out in nature.
I’m so excited to see you all and have a great summer.


Shir F.


Mazkeret Batya, Israel

Hi! I’m really excited to meet you all and spend the summer at shwayder. I was a fighter in the army and got released about month ago. I love art,music hiking and being outdoor in general. I can’t wait to see you all at camp!


Sydney P.


Aurora, CO

Heyy! I’m so excited to be spending my 11th summer up at Shwayder! I’m currently finishing up my senior year and will be attending CU Boulder next fall to study neuroscience. Outside of school I️ play lacrosse, ski, hike, and love anything that involves the outdoors. Up at camp you can find me on the athletic field, hanging out by the creek, and of course the gaga pit. I️ can’t wait to get to know everyone!


Tim B.


Denver, CO

Hey everybody, I can’t wait to come up to camp for my 5th summer this year. I’m going to graduate in 3 weeks from Cherry Creek but more importantly in a month I’ll be at camp. In the fall I will be attending CU for computer engineering. But just cause I’m a computer engineer, that doesn’t mean I still don’t like doing fun activities like playing Ultimate Frisbee and watching Netlfix. Can’t wait to see y’all in a month!

Willow P.


Boulder, CO

What’s up Shwayder Camp! I can’t wait to spend my 10th summer in the most beautiful place in the world with all of you. In May I will be graduating from Fairview High School in Boulder and I will be attending University of Puget Sound in Washington in the fall. In my free time I love to sing, hike, ski, and spend time with friends and family. Can’t wait to see you all soon!


Zahava D.

Assistant Director

Denver, CO

Hey Shwayder family! I am thrilled to be entering my second summer as the Assistant Director! It has been a true joy working for you all year-round to make the Shwayder Magic happen. While getting my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, with endorsements in SPED and ESOL from the University of Kansas, I gained a passion in facilitating experiential learning. And what better place to do that than Shwayder?! I have been a camper, counselor, lead counselor, and unit head at Shwayder, and I am a true believer in the life-long impact we make on Jewish youth and young adults. I cannot wait for the camp season to start! See you all where the green of the trees meet the blue of the skies!


Summer Address:
P.O. Box 3899
Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452
PH: (303) 567-2722
FAX: (303) 567-0172

Winter Address:
51 Grape Street
Denver, Colorado 80220
PH: (303) 388-4013
FAX: (303) 388-6328

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