Maurice B. Shwayder Camp

Camp of Temple Emanuel

Life & Legacy

Life & Legacy

Just as they planted trees for me, I am planting trees for my children and grandchildren so they will be able to eat the fruit of these trees”

-Honi, the circle maker

Provide a Lifetime of Summers with your Legacy Gift to Shwayder Camp

For five generations, we have provided a place where Jewish values and traditions can flourish and grow, and we now ask for your assistance to continue the Shwayder Magic. It’s not just time to provide “A Summer to Build Your Life On” but to use your legacy to provide a lifetime of summers. All of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation have the ability to leave a legacy. Your legacy gift can be customized and structured to fit your lifestyle, family and financial interests. The simplest method of leaving a legacy is through a will or estate plan.
  • Or by adding (or changing) a beneficiary designation on a retirement fund or life insurance policy.
  • Your legacy commitment can be a percentage or a specific dollar amount.
  • Some gifts can be structured to increase your current income.
Our legacy donors recognize the impact that Jewish camping has on adult participation in the Jewish community and, in actuality, the continuity of the Jewish people.  They recognize the value of an immersive Jewish experience for our youth, young adults and themselves and want to ensure that continues to happen for generations to come.

These people and using their legacy to provide “A Lifetime of Summers” at Shwayder Camp. If their generosity inspires you, please consider making your own legacy gift.

“Camp has become a central part of our family narrative. We met at Shwayder Camp and got engaged there. Our daughter had her bat mitzvah there. We both created lifelong friendships and we’re now watching our kids go. This commitment informed our decision to create an estate gift. We want to help preserve the Camp even in times of financial challenge. This is our gift to Temple Emanuel and to a stronger Jewish community.” Mieke Thorson & Scott Esserman

“Shwayder Camp has impacted my Jewish life as a camper, staff member and parent in immeasurable ways. My time there shaped my friendships as well as my Jewish identity. I am thrilled to have made the choice to insure that Shwayder continues providing life-changing experiences for future generations.” Robert Baumgarten

For more information about making a legacy gift to Shwayder Camp, contact Francie Miran, Development Director, 303-388-4013 ext. 335,

Live On | LIFE & LEGACY is a partnership of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) and the Rose Community Foundation that promotes after-lifetime giving to benefit local Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities. Through training, support and monetary incentives Live On |LIFE & LEGACY motivates Jewish organizations to integrate legacy giving into their philanthropic culture in order to assure Jewish tomorrows.



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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