Temple Emanuel
Denver, Colorado

The Live On Society: Donor Stories

Why We Became Members of The Live On Society: Danny and Becky Foster

There was little doubt that Temple Emanuel would play a significant role in Danny Foster’s adult life. As the son of our Rabbi Emeritus, Steven Foster, Danny was literally born into the Temple community – experiencing its vibrancy and richness from his earliest moments. “It is part of who I am,” Danny said. 

Temple life, in part, also helped inform Becky Foster’s decision to convert to Judaism. “We’re widely recognized as a welcoming, progressive, and deeply engaged community,” Danny explained. “It appeals to people who seek a dynamic, positive expression of Jewish faith, while also keeping tradition.”

Today, the Fosters are deeply committed to sharing this experience with their three children. Their involvement spans from Danny’s Board service to Becky’s volunteerism – which has included a governance role with the pre-school, leadership for its fundraising events, and her work to revamp the B’nai Mitzvah Program’s strategic plan. “We both realize it’s important to give back,” Danny said, “to help strengthen our Temple community in all the ways we can.”

This shared commitment also led the Fosters to join the Live On Society. They have established a life insurance policy that names Temple Emanuel as its sole beneficiary.

“We still make our annual gifts,” Danny noted, “but we also wanted be part of the Live On campaign. As a younger family, we still have weddings and college expenses ahead of us. We realize we’ll have more options later in life, but for today a life insurance policy was an easy, cost-effective way to guarantee our support.”

There are many ways to include Temple Emanuel in your estate plans. Some gifts are simple, others more involved. Some are large, others small. Regardless, the spirit behind each and every estate gift is the same – the desire to preserve our Temple for generations to come.

“My father taught us as a family to love this community,” Danny said. “And as a family, we are committed to doing everything we can to help.”

Thoughts from a Live On Society Family - A Rich Legacy

Mandell Winter, Jr inherited a rich family tradition at Temple Emanuel, one dating back to the 1880s – only a few years after its founding in 1874.   His great-grandparents were married by Rabbi William S. Friedman.  His grandfather served as President of the Congregation. His father served as the Temple Administrator for nearly 28 years, starting just after overseeing construction of the current building in the mid 1950s as chair of the Congregation’s Building and Grounds committee.  His great uncle was Maurice Shwayder.  Mandell, his father and grandfather all served as presidents of the Brotherhood and on the Temple board. Four generations of Confirmands.

So it’s no surprise Mandell would embrace this tradition of service as a Board member, President of the Brotherhood, in the Friedman Club, Shwayder Camp camper, counselor and photographer; and with Pat, in the first Chavurah which continued for over 20 years.  “Temple Emanuel is part of my life,” Mandell explained, “it’s a part of me.”

Pat Winter would find a different path to Judaism.  “In my search for a meaningful religious experience, she explained, in Judaism I found I could question. I didn’t have to accept teaching as fact, but as guidance for a spiritual life.” 

Alongside Mandell, Pat would also enter deeply into Temple life, serving on the Board, chairing the Shwayder Camp Committee, and also by writing a booklet to help parents navigate the process of their children’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  “In some ways I was probably still proving myself to Mandell’s family,” she joked, “but I also felt a profound responsibility to the Temple community.” Neither having celebrated Bar or Bat Mitzvah at 13, both went through the Adult Bnai Mitzvah program.

Although the idea for an estate gift had arisen before, Mandell and Pat decided to move forward during a visit with their attorney.  Mandell’s professional background in financial planning and Pat’s work in fundraising at Children’s Hospital helped inform their decision. 

“We knew we could make a gift and still provide for our boys,” Pat said.  “Our attorney raised the question and we just felt the time was right.”

Mandell elaborated further on their decision, citing a central question in Jewish life.  “How can we best express Tikkun Olam – our calling to repair the world?  The Jewish community embraces this responsibility in many ways and Temple Emanuel is the heart of this conversation for us.  We want our gift to help ensure the continuation of our Congregation.”

There are many ways to make an estate gift.  Some are simple, others more involved.  Some gifts are large, others small.  By coming together, we can all help preserve our Temple into the future. 

“Temple Emanuel opens its doors,” Pat observed, “to interfaith opportunities, allowing us to reaffirm our shared humanity.  We have an important voice.”

Mandell concurred, adding, “The Congregation makes a difference in our community. From Rabbi Friedman’s being a founder of Denver’s Community Chest which became The United Way, until today, it matters. It’s our sincere hope our Congregation will thrive for generations to come.”

Learn More

For more information about creating your legacy at Temple Emanuel, please feel free to contact Francie Miran at miran@emanueldenver.org or 303-388-4013, x335.  Again, there are never any expectations or obligations to complete any gift.