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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).

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Petition from Zadok Lodge No. 155 to C.D. Spivak, 1910 May 9

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0126.00008
Abstract Letter and signed petition from the Zadok Lodge No. 155 to C.D. Spivak. The author of the letter is J.C. Adler and he writes to Spivak to inform him that Dave Kirstein is not a member of the lodge, but several members of the Jewish community and the Bnai Brith Lodge want to appeal to his case. He explains that the lodge has contributed an amount that would get Kirstein to Denver and assist with his living expenses until he can be admitted to JCRS. Adler tells Spivak to kindly admit Kirstein...
Dates: 1910 May 9