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).
Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Handwritten letter in black ink from Rev. Dr. H. Abramowitz in Montreal, Canada to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that a Harry Benjamin should arrive in Denver any day now. Abramowitz writes that he has instructed Benjamin to see Spivak and file his application for admission into the Sanatorium. Informs that Benjamin is in poor circumstances but that Abramowitz has paid for rail road ticket and money to maintain himself until he can be admitted to the Sanatorium. Abramowitz requests...
Dates: 1909 May 25
Overview Typed letter on J. Bernthal Hardware & Furniture stationary from J. Bernthal in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, to the Secretary of the Jewish Consuptives' [Consumptives'] Relief Society stating that as a member for many years of the institution, that he requests a favor to be done for him for which he will never forget. Letter states that his brother, Leon Jacob Bernthal, was a patient of the institution for a short time and believes that he still resides in Denver, although he has not heard...
Dates: 1921 July 27
Overview Typed letter from M. Weidman in Winnipeg, Canada to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that the father of JCRS patient Henry Wasserman [Henry Waterman] wrote to M. Weidman stating that Henry has been given notice to leave the Sanatorium in the 10th and Henry has informed his parents that he has not recovered enough to work. Informs Spivak that Waterman cannot return to Canada as winter is approaching and his father cannot provide for his son. Weidman requests that Spivak do what he can to...
Dates: 1909 September 2
Overview Typed letter from M. Weidman in Winnipeg, Canada to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that Weidman is pleased to learn Spivak has admitted Mr. Wasserman [Henry Waterman] to the JCRS Sanatorium. Letter is signed in black ink by M. Weidman.
Dates: 1909 June 4
Overview Typed letter from M. Weidman in Winnipeg, Canada to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that Weidman met with Henry Waterman's father who informed Weidman that Waterman had not yet been admitted to the JCRS Sanatorium and instead has had to pay $5.50 a week for board and lodgings. Weidman informs that this is a hardship on the Waterman family and Wiedman had been under the assumption that when he sent Waterman to JCRS that they would have accomodation for him. Informs that as Weidman does...
Dates: 1909 May 18
Overview Typed letter from M. Weidman in Winnipeg, Canada to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that Weidman had previously written in reference to making room for a Mrs. Galtzer at the Sanatorium but that she has decided not to leave Canada. Weidman informs that instead, he would like to send Henry Wasserman [Henry Waterman] in her stead. Informs that since Spivak offered to accomodate Mrs. Galtzer by the first of may and Weidman requests the same accomodation be made for Henry Waterman. Weidman...
Dates: 1909 May 3
Overview Typed letter on Weidman & Company letterhead from M. Weidman in Winnipeg, Canada, to Dr. C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, introducing him to Mr. L. Bernthal [Leon Bernthal] who is the victim of the dreaded disease which their noble institution, the J.C.R.S., is fighting so nobly. Letter states that Mr. Bernthal is in poor circumstances and will have to depend to the support of the J.C.R.S., and trusts that he will be able to find accommodation for him. Letter states that Mr. Bernthal has...
Dates: 1908 June 14
Overview Typed letter on Weidman & Company letterhead from M. Weidman in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Dr. C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that Mr. E. Rosenberg, President of the local Hebrew Benevolent Society, informed him that he had received a letter from Leon Bernthal, an inmate of Spivak's Sanitorium and in regards to whom he had written on Aug. 7th. Weidman states the intention of Spivak's management to release Mr. Bernthal very shortly, although he is by no means recovered. In...
Dates: 1908 September 14
Overview Handwritten two-page letter in ink on Beth Medrash Hagadol Cemetary Association, Mount Nebo Cemetary letterhead from M.A. Saly in Denver, Colorado, to Dr. C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that about 18 months ago they buried a man from Toronto, Canada, of whom had something like $55.00 in his possession, and also carried $1000.00 insurance, which Spivak expected to receive. This amount has never been settled and he wish Spivak would turn over to him the amount covering the funeral...
Dates: 1908 October 28
Overview Typed letter from Nathan Gordon in Montreal, Canada to C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado informs that Harry Benjamin's friends have appealed to Gordon to write to Spivak on Benjamin's behalf. Informs that Gordon has looked into the necessity of sending Benjamin to Denver and Benjamin's doctor in Montreal revealed that he is in the "inceptive stage of tuberculosis" and so nothing but treatment in Denver will help. Gordon requests that Spivak do whatever he can to get Benjamin admitted to the...
Dates: 1909 May 18