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 132 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Letter from Marcus Loew to C.D. Spivak. Loew assumes that Spivak is aware of the fact that he and Mrs. Loew have been enthusiastic workers for the New York Ladies’ Auxiliary. Loew continues to tell Spivak that Bernstein was employed by Loew and is a very ambitious worker. Against all odds, Bernstein continued to work for Loew until Loew realized the kind of trouble Bernstein was dealing with. Loew tells Spivak that he would be very grateful for any attention that Spivak can provide for...
Dates: 1911 April 5
Overview Handwritten letter from M. Ost of the I.O.B.A. to C.D. Spivak. Ost tells Spivak that two weeks prior to this letter his lodge sent Jacob Dayner to Denver because he has been suffering from tuberculosis. Ost also says that the lodge did everything that they could by paying for Dayner’s travel expenses. Ost then asks Spivak to admit Dayner to JCRS because it would be a great relief for him.
Dates: 1911 February 19
Overview Typed letter from Max Stern to C.D. Spivak. Stern is the ex-grand master of the I.O.B.A lodge. He asks Spivak if he can place Max Schaeffer into the JCRS sanatorium as soon as possible. Stern tells Spivak that doctors claim Schaeffer can still be cured.
Dates: 1911 October 9
Overview Handwritten letter from M.C. Lewitt and members of the Court Spinoza #102 F. of A. to C.D. Spivak. Lewitt informs Spivak that Herman Berkowitz is a highly respected member of the community and the JCRS hospital. Lewitt asks Spivak to make Berkowitz feel at home so that he can get the treatment he needs from tuberculosis. He also asks Spivak to write back to him once Berkowitz arrives, as well as what his condition is. Lewitt thanks Spivak in advance and signs the letter along with five other...
Dates: 1910 June 14
Overview Handwritten letter from M.C. Lewitt and members of the Court Spinoza #102 F. of A. to C.D. Spivak. Lewitt informs Spivak that Herman Berkowitz is in Denver, Colorado to improve his health and he wrote to them telling them that after being examined he was told that he should be admitted to JCRS. Lewitt then asks Spivak to admit Berkowitz in the sanatorium as soon as he can. He signs the letter along with ten other signatures.
Dates: 1910 June 29
Overview Typed letter from Dr. N. Mosessohn to C.D. Spivak. Mosessohn introduces Mr. Nagler to Spivak as a potential patient to JCRS. Mosessohn tells Spivak Nagler has a bad case of consumption and he would appreciate it if Spivak admitted Nagler to the sanatorium as soon as possible.
Dates: 1908 October 9
Overview Typed letter from Dr. N. Mosessohn to C.D. Spivak. Mosessohn confidentially wrote to C.D. Spivak to tell him that now is the best chance for JCRS in Denver to “make a hit” with the Portland community. Mosessohn recommends that Spivak admit Mr. Nagler as a patient to JCRS without recourse because he previously sent another patient and it took the patient three weeks to be admitted. Mosessohn tells Spivak that he personally took Nagler’s case and assured his people that he would be admitted at...
Dates: 1908 October 9
Overview Typed letter from Nathan Wiener and S. Wargon of the Denver Benevolent Society to JCRS. The Denver Benevolent Society wrote a petition on behalf of Max Perlman’s stay at JCRS. They explain to Spivak that Perlman has greatly improved at the sanatorium, but he is not ready to support himself through the hot summer months. They ask Spivak if Perlman’s stay can be extended so that he has more time to feel better. D.B.S hopes Spivak will grant them their request.
Dates: 1909 July 9
Overview Handwritten letter from P. Hillkowitz to C.D. Spivak. Hillkowitz explains to Spivak that J. Kopelowitz was examined and the doctor found physical symptoms of tuberculosis. Hillkowitz tells Spivak that checking Kopelowitz’s sputum is no longer necessary because his symptoms are quite clear.
Dates: 1908 November 9
Overview Letter from P.A. Siegelstein to C.D. Spivak. Siegelstein tells Spivak that Mr. David Diamond is being sent from the Roumanian Hebrew Aid Association to Denver to get medical help for his white plague. He appeals to Spivak for his help making sure Diamond can get admission to JCRS in Denver. Siegelstein also acknowledges that Spivak encounters difficulties maintaining the sanatorium, as well as handling the demands from a great number of applicants for admission to JCRS. Although Siegelstein...
Dates: 1911 February 4