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 3692 Collections and/or Records:
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 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.
Dates: 1911 November 11
Overview 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.
Overview A bed dedication ceremony at the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS). Dr. Charles Spivak is pictured in the center, to the left of the man holding a plaque and Dr. Philip Hillkowitz is to the right of the man holding the plaque. The dedication appears to be conducted on a stage. A large American flag is hung up behind the group of people surrounding the bed. The JCRS was a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients that was founded in 1904 by a group of immigrant Jewish workingmen along with...
Dates: between 1904-1928
Overview 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.
Dates: 1910 January 31
Overview Bill for the burial expenses of Joseph Winkeler, totalling $46.50.
Dates: 1911 June 15
Overview Bill from Michaelson's Men's and Boy's Clothing for $10 for Louis Bernstein care of Dr. C.D. Spivak.
Dates: 1910 November 01
Overview 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.
Dates: 1910 June 6th
Overview Bill from Mrs. G. Levenson to C.D. Spivak. The bill addresses the board and lodging of D. Smarodin from January 12th to February 7th, 1911. The amount comes to $21.21.
Dates: 1911 February 8