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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 132 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from I. Cohen to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 14

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0162.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from I. Cohen to C.D. Spivak regarding H. Berkowitz’s admission to JCRS. Cohen informs Spivak that Berkowitz is a resident of New Britain, Connecticut , a contributor of ten dollars to JCRS, and a prominent member of all Jewish societies in the town. Cohen asks Spivak that any favor shown to Berkowitz would be of great benefit to his sanatorium. Cohen also requests Spivak to show favor towards his case on behalf of “Court Spinoza #102 F. of A.” and hopes that Spivak can do...
Dates: 1910 June 14

Letter from I. Myers to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 12

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0141.00004
Overview Handwritten letter from I. Myers to C.D. Spivak. Myers introduces Mr. and Mrs. Manheimer to Spivak with the hopes that he will admit Mrs. Manheimer into the sanatorium because she is sick with tuberculosis. He tells Spivak that Mrs. Anna Myers already telegrammed him about the case.
Dates: 1911 January 12

Letter from J. Barondess to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 5

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0140.00002
Overview Typed letter from J. Barondess to C.D. Spivak. Barondess introduces Spivak to Mr. Morris Rabinowitz because he has been inflicted with tuberculosis. He tells Spivak that Rabinowitz and his family are honorable people who deserve Spivak’s kindness. Barondess understands the protocol for applicants trying to gain admission to the sanatorium, but he believes Rabinowitz’s case is important and asks Spivak to make an exception. He thanks Spivak in advance for his consideration.
Dates: 1911 January 5

Letter from J. Chauss to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 23

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0152.00004
Overview Handwritten letter from Jacob Chauss to C.D. Spivak. The letter is written in an undetermined language.
Dates: 1911 January 23

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 J. Elsner to P. Hillkowitz, 1910 May 31

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0143.00020
Overview Typed letter from J. Elsner to P. Hillkowitz. Elsner tells Hillkowitz that Mr. Nagler was supposed to see him three months ago but he is without a home. Elsner says that Spivak promised to find a place for him in the sanatorium but he is away. Elsner asks Hillkowitz to find a place for Nagler while Spivak is away so that Nagler does not starve on the streets. He hopes Hillkowitz can do the best that he can for him.
Dates: 1910 May 31

Letter from J. Schoen to C.D. Spivak, 1911 October 9

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0171.00002
Overview Typed letter from Jacob Schoen to C.D. Spivak. Schoen tells Spivak that this letter will be handed to him from Max Schaeffer who is sick with consumption. Schoen continues to explain that Schaeffer is destitute with no family to help him. Schoen also asks Spivak to satisfy the ex-grand master’s favor of taking an interest in Schaeffer’s case. Schoen thanks Spivak in advance.
Dates: 1911 October 9

Letter from J.M. Wagner to C.D. Spivak, 1911 January 3

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0139.00002
Overview Handwritten letter from J.M. Wagner of the Knights of the Modern Maccabees - Liberty Tent No. 1052 Lodge to C.D. Spivak. Wagner tells Spivak that the bearer of the letter, Max Sass is in great need of immediate hospital service to treat his tuberculosis. Wagner appreciates the fact that there are other patients in great need of medical treatment as well, but asks Spivak to do what he can to admit Max Sass as patient to the sanatorium. He finishes the letter by telling Spivak he had a great...
Dates: 1911 January 3

Letter from L. Bloch to C.D. Spivak, 1911

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0029.00005
Overview Handwritten letter from L. Bloch to C.D. Spivak. Bloch tells Spivak that she is writing to him again about Bernstein’s case. Bloch admits that she is anxious for Bernstein’s admission because he was recommended to Bloch from Mrs. Loew’s manager and the editor from the New York Journal. Bloch tells Spivak that she originally sent Bernstein to another society and Mrs. Loew did not even say anything to him other than talking about the New York Ladies’ Auxiliary. Bloch says that Mrs. Loew even...
Dates: 1911

Letter from L. Bruck to C.D. Spivak, 1907 May 09

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0166.00003
Overview Handwritten letter with Jewish Relief Society letterhead from Mrs. Ludwig Bruck to Dr. Spivak, recommending Moses Rothenberg to be admitted to the sanatorium. Letter is signed by Mrs. L. Reba of Bruck.
Dates: 1907 May 09