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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 51 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from H. Pallock to C.D. Spivak, 1909 July 17

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0104.00002
Overview Handwritten letter in ink from H. Pallock in Atlanta, Georgia, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that a member of the Kadisha Lodge No. 216, Order Brith Abraham, Morris Nerenbaum, is suffering from tuberculosis. Nerenbaum's physician has advised him to travel to Denver and to admit into the JCRS Sanatorium. Pallock is hoping that Spivak can help and admit Nerenbaum into the JCRS. Letter is signed in ink "H. Pallock."
Dates: 1909 July 17

Letter from H. Schwatt to C.D. Spivak, 1910 October 18

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00024
Overview Handwritten letter from H. Schwatt to C.D. Spivak. Schwatt tells Spivak that despite the best cure they can provide Ike Clein for his tuberculosis, his health is declining daily. He informs Spivak that Clein is unable to travel, but he is doing everything he can to get Clein back on his feet again. Schwatt finishes the letter by saying that it would be best that his family knows Ike could take a turn for the worse any day. The letter is signed "H. Schwatt" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 October 18

Letter from J. Dorfar to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 6

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00002
Overview Typed letter from Joel Dorfar to C.D. Spivak. Dorfar is a friend of Ike Clein's and he is asking Spivak for advice on how Clein can get to Denver, Colorado because is sick. He tells Spivak that he is from one of the finest families in Atlanta, Georgia and gives liberally to JCRS. He finishes the letter by saying that any advice will be much appreciated and signs the letter "Joel Dorfar" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 April 6

Letter from L. Eplan to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 11

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00003
Overview Typed letter from Leon Eplan to C.D. Spivak. Eplan asks Spivak to provide extra attention to Clein's application for admission to JCRS. He tells Spivak that himself, Clein, and other people in the area contribute to JCRS. He wishes JCRS a big success for the year and signs the letter "Leon Eplan" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 April 11

Letter from Louis C. Rouglin to C.D. Spivak, 1909 September 12

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0104.00021
Overview Typed letter from Louis C. Rouglin in Atlanta, Georgia, to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, thanking him for the update on Mr. Morris Nerenbaum and how he is coming along at the JCRS Sanatroium. Rouglin states that he does not know Mr. Nerenbaum very closely but that he has heard he is a worthy man and the community keep him well in though. Once enclosed was a report of patient that were treated at Pine Ridge Sanatorium, stating that this may be of interest to C.D. Spivak. Letter is signed in...
Dates: 1909 September 12

Letter from M. Hirwoitz and I. Smulyan to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 18

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00005
Overview Typed letter from M. Hirwoitz and I. Smulyan to C.D. Spivak. They inform Spivak that Ike Clein has left for Denver in search of medical treatment and are requesting that Spivak extends any medical aid that he possibly can for Clein. They also tell Spivak that Clein is not looking for financial help, but he just wants treatment for his tuberculosis. The letter is signed "The Ladies Hebrew Ben. Society By Mrs. M. Hirowitz sec'y. and Pres. Mrs. I. Smulyan."
Dates: 1910 April 18

Letter from M. Lichtenstein to C.D. Spivak, 1910 April 12

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00004
Overview Handwritten letter from M. Lichtenstein to C.D. Spivak informing him that Ike Clein left Atlanta, Georgia for Denver, Colorado to find treatment for tuberculosis. He tells Spivak that Clein comes from a nice family and always kept his house and purse open for others. He tells Spivak he would appreciate any effort that Spivak put into admitting Clein into JCRS. The letter is signed "M. Lichtenstein" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 April 12

Letter from M. Lichtenstein to C.D. Spivak , 1910 May 13

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0118.00007
Overview Handwritten letter from M. Lichtenstein to C.D. Spivak. Lichtenstein tells Spivak that several members of the Clein family are contributors of JCRS and it would be in Spivak's best interest to admit Ike Clein into the sanatorium.
Dates: 1910 May 13

Letter from Miss Annie Strube to Dr. Spivak, 1909 January 9

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0001.00026
Overview Handwritten letter in ink from Miss Annie Strube to Dr. Spivak. Letter states that Miss Annie Strube has written to her father three times as well as a friend of hers in Denver but has not been able to gain any information concerning her father. She requests that if her father cannot write if Dr. Spivak could drop her a line concerning her father's condition.
Dates: 1909 January 9

Letter from S. Edison to C.D. Spivak, 1908 December 29

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0010.00004
Overview Typed letter from Samuel Edison to Dr. Charles Spivak requesting that the JCRS admit Hyman Weiner of Atlanta, GA to the Sanatorium as soon as he arrives in Denver. The Moteflore Relief Association believes that he is a worthy person of any charitable acts. They make this request through the President of the association, Mr. Joel Dorfan, whos is also a Director of the JCRS. Letter is signed and dated.
Dates: 1908 December 29