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.
CitationLeḳsiḳon 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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Overview 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 to...
Overview 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
Overview 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.
Overview Application for admittance to JCRS filled out by hand for Abe Fishman and dated September 19, 1907. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, residence, marital status, nearest relatives, and signed by Abe Fishman. The back of the form has sections titled "Report of Medical Advisory Board" and "Report of Executive Committee." The middle section of the back is a form filled out by hand in ink and reads, "No. 577, Application of Abe Fishman, Received September 19, 1907,...
Dates: 1907 September 19
Overview Handwritten in ink physical examination of Abe Levy written by J.B. Fish in Edgewater, Colorado, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado. It reads "Today's physical examination of Mr. A levy "Case 631" is as follows...". Letter/physical exam is unsigned.
Dates: 1908 October 9
Overview Application for admittance to JCRS filled out by hand in ink for Abe Vicksman. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, residence, marital status, children's ages, nearest relatives, and signed by Abe Vicksman. The back of the form has section entitled "Report of Medical Examiner," which is blank. The middle section of the back is a form filled out by hand in ink. It reads "Application No. 831 Case No. 561, Application of, Abe Vicksman, Received July 3, 1908, Accepted...
Dates: 1908 July 3
Overview Application for admittance to JCRS filled out by hand in ink for Abraham Prager. Information on the form includes his age, birth place, occupation, residence, marital status, children's ages, nearest relatives, and signed by Abraham Prager. The back of the form has section entitled "Report of Medical Examiner," which is blank. The middle section of the back is a form filled out by hand in ink. It reads "Application No. 834 Case No. 565, Application of, Abraham Prager, Received July 6, 1908,...
Dates: 1908 July 6
Overview Addressed envelope to the JCRS from 88 Smith Street Perth Amboy, NJ. The envelope is stamped and dated.
Dates: 1909 July 21
Overview Video of Adele Karsh sharing memories about the JCRS and her grandfather Dr. Charles Spivak.
Dates: 2005 May 29
Overview Typed letter from JCRS to Mr. Benjamin Samowitz informing him of his admision into the Sanatorium. He is instructed to present the letter to the Superintendent within two days. The letter is not signed but "Secretary" is typed on the bottom.
Dates: 1907 April 29