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Spivak, C. D. (Charles D.), 1861-1927



A Jewish Immigrant from Tsarist Russia, Spivak pursued medicine out of a desire to be of service to humanity. In 1896, when his wife Jennie showed signs of incipient tuberculosis, Spivak moved their young family to Denver to take advantage of Colorado’s reputation as the World’s Sanatorium. Spivak's concern for the indignant consumptives he saw flooding into the state led to his founding the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society (JCRS), a sanatorium dedicated to the care of all, even those in the advanced stages of TB. Spivak also ensured that the primarily Eastern European Jewish patients were cared for in an environment that respected their culture- unlike many such institutions, the JCRS featured a kosher kitchen and observed the Jewish Sabbath and holidays. Dr. Spivak was also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Denver from 1896-1901.

Leḳsiḳon fun der nayer Yidisher liṭeraṭur, 1965 (Spiṿaḳ, Ḥayim; d. 10-16-1927; b. as Ḥayim-Ḥayḳl Spiṿaḳoṿsḳi; d. in Denver, Colorado) Yehoash. Idish ṿerṭerbukh, 1926: t.p. (Dr. Ḥayim Spiṿaḳ) t.p. verso (Dr. C. D. Spivak [in rom.]) Who's who in American Jewry, 1926 (Spivak, Charles; physician, author; b. 12-25-1861, Krementschug, Russia).

Found in 8386 Collections and/or Records:

50th Birthday Dinner, 1946 November 30

Identifier: B002.04.0340.0007.00002

The attendees at a 50th birthday celebration dinner in honor of Rubin Schwartz in New York City at the Hotel Commodore on November 30, 1946 are shown sitting at tables.

Dates: 1946 November 30

1906 View of JCRS Campus, 1906

Identifier: B002.04.0339.0001.00001
Abstract Panoramic view of the tents, three buildings and the farm at the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS). Various people are standing in front of the tents and buildings. The JCRS was a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients that was founded in 1904 by a group of immigrant Jewish workingmen along with the support of several leading physicians and rabbis in Denver, Colorado. The sanatorium was located on West Colfax Avenue just outside of Denver. In 1954 the institution changed its mission...
Dates: 1906

A Legacy of Healing: Early Colorado Jews in Medicine, 2005

Identifier: B230.03.0023.00004

Brief biographies of Jewish men and women who contributed to medicine, the Jewish community, and Colorado. Contains historical photographs and interviews with people who knew some of the early key figures.

Dates: 2005

Addressed Envelope, 1909 July 21

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0070.00005

Addressed envelope to the JCRS from 88 Smith Street Perth Amboy, NJ. The envelope is stamped and dated.

Dates: 1909 July 21

Adele Karsh Remembering JCRS, 2005 May 29

Identifier: B353.09.0002.00001

Video of Adele Karsh sharing memories about the JCRS and her grandfather Dr. Charles Spivak.

Dates: 2005 May 29

Affidavit from J. Guttmann, 1911 November 11

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0031.00028

Affidavit signed by Attorney Julius Guttmann. The affidavit confirms Morris Feldman’s real name being Moishe Lichtenfeld. Feldman’s sister is attempting to confirm the details of her family’ Russian history so that she can get Feldman’s death certificate changed to his real name and she can send it to her brother for use in Russia.

Dates: 1911 November 11

Alexander Echowitz's Application for Admittance to JCRS, 1909 October 18

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0007.00001
Abstract Application for admission to JCRS filled out by hand in ink for Alexander Echowitz. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, residence, marital status, children's ages, and nearest relatives. Form is signed "A Eckowitz." Nearest relative is listed as "Ethel Echowitz (wife) 2645 1/2 E. Mission St., Frisco." In the Recommendation section at the bottom of the page there is a note that reads "Letter from Rabbi M.S. Levy." The section "Report of the Medical Examiner" on...
Dates: 1909 October 18

Alexander Horwitz's Application for Admittance to JCRS, between 1904 August 22-October 5

Identifier: B002.01.0097.0012.00001
Abstract Application for admittance to JCRS filled out by hand for Alexander Horwitz and dated August 22, 1904. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, residence, marital status, nearest relatives, and signed by Alexander Horwitz. The back of the form has sections titled "Report of Medical Advisory Board," blank, and "Report of Executive Committee," both blank. The middle section of the back is a form filled out by hand in ink. It reads, "16, No. 13, 16 [both crossed...
Dates: between 1904 August 22-October 5

AMC Patients Doing Jig-saw Puzzle and Embroidery, between 1960-1969

Identifier: B002.04.0339.0007.00001

American Medical Center (AMC) Cancer Center male patient putting together a jig-saw the help of a nurse and another woman. A female patient is doing embroidery at the same table.

Dates: between 1960-1969

AMC Patients Studying Poetry, between 1960-1969

Identifier: B002.04.0339.0007.00002

AMC Cancer Center patients studying poetry in the library.

Dates: between 1960-1969