Abstract: The Beck Archives Photograph Collection contains materials which reflect the rich, varied, and vibrant Jewish experience in the Rocky Mountain region, with a special emphasis on Colorado.
Abstract: The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith Lodge 171, Denver, Colorado, was a pivotal Jewish philanthropic and social service organization in Denver from 1872 through today. This fraternal organization received a charter from the National Order of B'nai B'rith on April 7, 1872. David Kline was the first president and Louis Anfenger was the first secretary. Charles M. Schayer served as president in 1876. The B'nai B'rith Denver Chapter created Colorado's Anti-Defamation League, the Mountain States Hillel Foundation, and the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO). One of the most important projects of the Denver B'nai B'rith was the vital role it played in establishing the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives in 1899. The Denver B'nai B'rith continues to be a major Denver organization. The records include administrative records, correspondence, publications and photographs of the Denver Lodge #171 and some documents and photographs of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization and a few records related to other lodges.
Creator: Foster, Joyce C. (Joyce Cohn), 1944-
Abstract: Joyce Foster served as a member of the Denver City Council in Denver, Colorado from 1993-2003 representing District 4. She was the first Jewish woman to sit on the City Council and served as City Council President from 2001 to 2002. She worked on Skate Park and the University Hills Mall renovation. Prior to being elected to City Council, Foster was director of resource development for the Jewish Family and Children's Service from 1977 to 1993. Her husband, Steven Foster, became the longtime rabbi of Denver's Congregation Emanuel. City Councilwoman Joyce Foster's papers highlight her political career from 1993-2003 and include correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, council resolutions, campaign literature, certificates, architectural drawings, and photographs.
Abstract: The National Council of Jewish Women, Denver Section (NCJW) was a women's philanthropic organization founded by Carrie Benjamin in October 1893 to serve the Denver, Colorado Jewish community. Most of the early members were members of Temple Emanuel in Denver and the collection details the contributions of women to social causes in Denver. Education was an early priority of the Denver Section and classes were held to serve Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the West Colfax area of Denver. The Council established a settlement house in West Denver for Jewish boys, worked with disabled children and initiated the Children's Traveling Theatre. During World War II, the Council was involved in the resettlement of Jewish refugees in Denver. In 1938 the Council opened a thrift shop at 27th Street and Welton Street in the Five Points area of Denver. The records include board of director meeting minutes, lists of officers and board members, correspondence, financial records, newspaper clippings, newsletters, bulletins, yearbooks, publications, invitations, scrapbooks and oral history audiocassette tapes.
Creator: Rich, Ruth
Abstract: Eastern European Jewish immigrant Charles Rich (Shopsie Reich) began as a peddler and eventually started a business of buying and salvaging used automobiles called C. Rich Auto Parts. He helped pioneer the used automotive cars, trucks, and parts business in Denver. He and his wife Rebecca became the parents of 10 children. Their youngest son Ken Rich propelled the Denver Truck Sales to become one of the leading manufacturers and dealers of reconditioned used heavy specialty trucks in over 30 states in the western half of the country.
Abstract: Milton M. Schayer was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1876 to German-Jewish parents and died in Denver in 1935. In 1920 he founded the Bankers Building and Loan Association, and served as its first president and treasurer. His son Charles Milton Schayer, born in 1913, married Faye Greenberg in 1941.
Milton M. Schayer was active in many civic and religious organizations. He was director of the Denver Chamber of Commerce, which designated him Denver’s “most valuable citizen” in 1925. He was an active member of Temple Emanuel, president of the Central Jewish Aid Society, and president of the Denver Lodge of the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith. Charles M. Schayer was also active in many organizations and was president of the National Asthma Center from 1975 to 1978.
The papers include newspaper articles, a genealogical history of the Simon Cohen family, photographs, and commendations and awards to Milton and Charles Schayer.
Abstract: Leon and Ella Sobol came from Minnesota to Denver in the early 1900s. In 1908 Ella Sobol signed a lease with Harris Pellish to use his property at 2715 West Colfax for a theatre until 1910. Pellish opened a movie theatre in 1910. Harry Sobol, Leon and Ella's son, Harry married Sarah Gross. Two of their sons were Bill and Maurice Barnard Sobol. The collection consists of a scanned copy of the 1908 lease and 9 scanned photographs. The VHS of Sobol family home films from 1925 to 1949 is in the RMJHS Oral Histories (B098.15.0019.00006.)