Levy, Tillye Shulman (Matilda), 1895-1984
Tillye Shulman Levy was one of the Denver Jewish community’s most dedicated and effective volunteers. Born in Central City in 1895, she first became involved in philanthropic charity work as a young woman, after meeting Fannie Lorber, the longtime president of the Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children. As a teenager, Tillye worked at the Denver Trunk Factory in downtown Denver, located next door to the Lorber Shoe Company. Mrs. Lorber interested Tillye in the children and soon she was spending Sundays at the Home, visiting and playing with the young charges. After her marriage, Mrs. Levy became a member of the Sheltering Home Board. She later recalled, “Mrs. Lorber really started me off on a career of social service,” which was to include the boards of the Allied Jewish Federation, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Jewish Family and Children’s Service. She spearheaded a number of organizations that helped refugees. The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society Oral Histories, B098, have a number of audio recordings of Tillye Levy, including one in which she relates the history of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service, in rhyme.
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Overview Brief biographies of Jewish women from Colorado who help set up as well as work in charitable orgnazitions in Colorado. Written and directed by Jeanne Abrams for the 2004 RMJHS Dinner.
Overview This folder contains clippings and miscellaneous ephemera about and from the life of Tillye Levy. Many of the items are glued to cardboard scrapbook pages.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1943 - 1949
Overview Mrs. Fannie E. Lorber was one of the founders of the Denver Sheltering Home, which opened in 1908. She is shoveling dirt for a groundbreaking of the Lorber Building, with many men and women looking on. From right to left is Arthur J. Kirschstein, Sam Robinson, Tillye Levy, William Cohen, David Harem, Fannie Lorber with shovel, and Sam Grimes. The Sheltering Home began as a home for the children of tubercular patients who came to the sanitoriums in Denver, Colo.
Dates: 29 April 1937
Overview Folder 2 contains an invitation to a reception paying tribute to Tillye Levy in 1978, an invitation to Tillye's birthday party in 1980, lyrics for a song written for Tillye's 85th birthday, and a copy of the Denver Section of the National Council of Jewish Women's, "75 Years of Service" booklet.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1972 - 1980
Overview The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Colorado (JFCS) was created in response to international, national, and local needs of refugees. In 1947, the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Denver, Colorado was created when the boards of the Central Jewish Aid Society of Denver, Colorado and the Denver Coordinating Committee for Immigrants of the National Council of Jewish Women merged. Dr. Alfred Neumann, a social worker, became the full-time director. The agency provided services in...
Dates: 1948 - 2007
Overview Topics covered: Tillye Levey describes the project; Noah a Denver native, talks about JCRS beginnings and history, he was president in 1954 and didn't want to close after it was no longer needed as a TB center so shifted to cancer research; talks about hospital research, the shopping center, commercialized the land after they got rid of the farm; talks a lot about fund raising; differences and competition between JCRS and NJH. Second half on Interview focuses on the B’nai B’rith, camps, social...
Dates: 1978 January 24
Overview "Tillye Levy, née Shulman, recounts her early childhood growing up in Central City, Colo. and later years in Denver, Colo. She describes her introduction to and continuing involvement in various Jewish charitable organizations in the Denver area.Born in Denver, Colo. in 1895, Mrs. (Sam) Levy grew up in Central City, Colo. where her father, Robert Shulman owned a clothing store and also the George Washington Mine. When she was a child, the family moved to Denver, Colo. after the mine...
Dates: 1976 October 7
Overview Topics covered: Interview focuses on the resettlement of refugees in the Denver area and nationally; need was especially heavy after WWII; adoption services and foster home program; resettling German Jews post WWII and the Russian Jewry later; surveys of Denver Jews.
Dates: 1978 November 2
Overview Topics covered: Tillye’s work with the National Council of Jewish Women and her time on the National Board in 1940; council activities, resettlement of refugees, visiting hospitals and homes for children.
Dates: 1978 May 15