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 25 Collections and/or Records:
Overview 2 pages typed letter with Spring Valley Wine Co. letterhead from Aaron Shapiro to Dr. Spivak, explaining to him that the Jewish Benevolent Society requested Tillie Gleaner to be admitted at the sanatorium. He says her husband came crying to his office saying she was very sick and wandering the streets of Denver. Letter is signed by A. Shapiro.
Dates: 1911 August 19
Overview Handwritten letter from A.A. Kantor to C.D. Spivak regarding the transportation of his son, Harry Kantor from JCRS in Denver, Colorado. He says that other people recommended that Harry should get treatment in Los Angeles, California rather than sending him back New York. Mr. Kantor explains that he has witnessed other young children dying from tuberculosis when they return to New York which is why he does not necessarily want to send Harry back to the east coast. He asks Spivak for his opinion...
Dates: 1911 February 19
Overview Typed letter from Dr. C.D. Spivak to Mrs. Anna Myers, Field Secretary for JCRS in Los Angeles, California, writing to inform her that JCRS has invited Hyman Keller, a resident of San Francisco, CA, to attend the Sanatorium. Letter is unsigned, as it is a carbon copy of the original, but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1911 October 16
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak. He addressed the letter as "To whom it may concern" and mentioned that Dave Yudelowitz was a patient at the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives three years ago. Spivak continues to say that Yudelowitz has been suffering from asthma and cannot stand the cold climate in the Rocky Mountains. Spivak finishes the letter by mentioning that Yudelowitz was advised by his attending physicians to go to a warmer climate, like Los Angeles.
Dates: 1908 April 2
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Anna Berkowitz in Los Angeles, California, stating that her husband, Isidor Berkowitz, has been accepted to admit into the JCRS Sanatorium. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 September 2
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to A. Shapiro in Los Angeles, California, stating the Sanatorium currently does not have any vacant spots to admit new patients. Shapiro wrote for Isidor Berkowitz, trying to get him admitted. Spivak wrote that if Berkowtiz had sufficient funds to pay for room and board, $6-$7 per week, while waiting to be admitted. Spivak states they are excited to please their "Good friends" in Los Angeles, and will admit Berkowitz as soon as possible. Once...
Dates: 1909 July 28
Overview Letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to A. Shapiro in Los Angeles, California, stating that Isidor Berkowitz has been accepted to admit into the JCRS Sanatorium. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 September 2
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to A. Shapiro in Los Angeles, California, stating that there are no current vacant spots in the Sanatorium. It states that if Isidor Berkowitz shows up with sufficient funds to pay for room and board, they will try and admit him as soon as possible. Spivak says that Berkowitz has to show up to Denver to start filing his application process. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 July 28
Overview 2 pages typed letter from Dr. Spivak to A. Shapiro, stating the national directors should contact him first before sending patients to Denver, because the sanatorium is always crowded and patients should wait for their turn. Letter is unsigned but "CDS" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1911 August 16
Overview Typed letter from Dr. Spivak to Aaron Shapiro, saying Tillie Gleaner was a very sick woman, so they had to let her go. "She probably wanted to die near her folks." Letter is unsigned but "CDS" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1911 August 29