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.
Citation: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 2092 Collections and/or Records:
Addressed envelope to the JCRS from 88 Smith Street Perth Amboy, NJ. The envelope is stamped and dated.
Video of Adele Karsh sharing memories about the JCRS and her grandfather Dr. Charles Spivak.
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.
Dr. Jeanne Abrams of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society of the Center for Judaic Studies collected materials of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society separate from the JCRS Records. Collection contains a draft of "The Origins of Denver's JCRS" by Dr. Charles Spivak, newspaper articles, issues of patients' magazine Hatikvah, contribution forms, "Thirty Years of Saving Lives" history of JCRS sanitorium, JCRS programs and pamphlets and, books related JCRS from 1900 through 1982.
Handwritten application in pencil for admittance to the JCRS for Benjamin Bristol. It includes information such as age (22), place of birth (Russia), and occupation (Salesman). He is single, has no means of support, and his nearest relatives are his mother and brother in Philadelphia. On the backside, it is written that he had tuberculosis stage II. He was admitted on April 22, 1910 and released on April 11, 1911.
Bill for the burial expenses of Joseph Winkeler, totalling $46.50.
Bill for room and boarding addressed to S.S. Garson from M. Bozner. The bill lists the address as 1471 Knox Ct. with a bill of $20.45 underneath it.
Handwritten bill for hospital expenses for Victoria Teplitzky. The balance due is $14, and it reads "Dr. C.D. Spivak, Dear sir, There is a later bill for Victoria, if you wish to pay it, you can advise me. The above balance is on the first bill." Bill is signed by E. S. Hewitt, Steele Hospital.
Bill from the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company. The bill instructs Spivak to pay .80 cents because the Jewish Aid Society refused payment of the telegraph he sent to them on April 16th, 1910.
Bill from S.S. Garson to C.D. Spivak. Garson requests $5.50 to cover Billen's rent for one week.