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 Handwritten letter from A.S. Greenstein to C.D. Spivak. Greenstein explains that at a regular meeting of the Aushell Hirsch Lodge #200 of the O.B.A. on June 19th, 1910 he was instructed to write to Spivak to introduce Miss Rosa Gordon’s case to him. Greenstein tells Spivak that she is a popular young lady to the community and she is on her way to Denver for her health. Since the lodge is a contributor to JCRS, Greenstein recommends Gordon for admission to the sanatorium and asks that Spivak...
Dates: 1910 June 20
Overview Handwritten letter from A.S. Greenstein to C.D. Spivak. Greenstein writes to introduce Miss Rosa Gordon’s case to Spivak. Greenstein tells Spivak that she is a popular young lady to the community and she is on her way to Denver for her health. Greenstein also tells Spivak that the Jewish community in Houston highly recommended Spivak’s worthy institution with the hope that Gordon will receive the best care and attention in Denver. Greenstein also introduces Mr. Abe Gordon as Miss Gordon’s...
Dates: 1910 June 20
Overview Typed letter from C.J. Cooper of the United Jewish Relief Association to C.D. Spivak. Cooper tells Spivak that they are sending a young man to Denver because he is sick with tuberculosis. Cooper also tells Spivak that the young man will be bringing a letter from Mrs. Ferguson. Cooper asks Spivak to try his best to admit the young man as soon as possible or else he will suffer greatly without treatment from the sanatorium.
Dates: 1910 November 26
Overview Letter from C. Lipshutz of the Denver Consumptive Aid Association to C.D. Spivak. Lipshutz informs Spivak that Mr. Ike Perlman left for Denver on his own expense looking to get health care. Lipshutz asks Spivak to assist Perlman with getting the medical care that he needs.
Dates: 1909 November 7
Overview Typed letter from C. Lipshutz to C.D. Spivak. Lipshutz informs Spivak that the wife of “Pine Perlman” asked Lipshutz to contact her husband. Lipshutz asks Spivak if he can let him know if Mr. Perlman is able to take care of his wife.
Dates: 1909 December 11
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to P.A. Siegelstein. Spivak informs Siegelstein that he received his letter introducing Mr. Diamond. Spivak also says that he will gladly accommodate the applicant and admit him as soon as there is vacancy. Spivak knows that Siegelstein understands the circumstances of the long wait list at JCRS, but Spivak says that he will do the best that he can for Diamond.
Dates: 1911 February 14
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to C. Friend. Spivak is sorry that Friend did not visit the sanatorium to see the results of JCRS’ efforts to help victims of tuberculosis. Spivak is also sorry that he was not able to obtain Friend’s advice about the cases of Samuel Morris and Lester Strull who are about to leave the sanatorium. Spivak tells Friend that Strull was supposed to be discharged on September 1st, 1911 but his stay was extended while waiting for the arrival of a letter from Mr....
Dates: 1911 September 14
Overview Typed letter from C.D Spivak to G. Levenson. Spivak asked Mrs. Levenson to give Mr. Marcou board and lodging at the rate of $5.50 per week and to charge the bill to JCRS.
Dates: 1911 February 20
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to H. Masliansky. Spivak confirms that Fred Rosner will receive immediate attention. He tells Masliansky that as soon as vacancy occurs he will admit Rosner again to the sanatorium.
Dates: 1910 June 15
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to H. Masliansky. Spivak assures Masliansky that JCRS will do everything they can to admit David Gordon, Jacob Glazer, and Elias Ring as he requested. Spivak also tells Masliansky that he would look into Nathan Shefin’s laundry business and see if JCRS can give their laundry to him.
Dates: 1910 November 15