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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 25 Collections and/or Records:

Letter from J. Ginsburg to C.D. Spivak, 1912 August 1

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0096.00011
Overview Handwritten letter from J. Ginsburg to C.D. Spivak from Los Angeles, California. The letter is dated August 1, 1912.
Dates: 1912 August 1

Telegram from A. Shapiro to C.D. Spivak, 1911 August 14

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0135.00002
Overview Telegram from Aaron Shapiro to Dr. Spivak, asking him for Tillie Gleaner to be admitted to the sanatorium as soon as possible.
Dates: 1911 August 14

Telegram from Anna Berkowitz to C.D. Spivak, 1909 October 5

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0133.00012
Overview Telegram from Anna Berkowitz [Bercovitz] in Los Angeles, California, to C. D. Spivak [O. D. Shirak] in Denver, Colorado, stating that burial instructions were wired to MC Vangent, the Secretary of F of A.
Dates: 1909 October 5

Telegram from C.D. Spivak to A. Shapiro, 1911 August 16

Identifier: B002.01.0104.0135.00003
Overview Telegram from Dr. Spivak to Aaron Shapiro, informing him Tillie Gleaner was admitted to the sanatorium per his request.
Dates: 1911 August 16

Telegram from C.D. Spivak to Anna Berkowitz, 1909 October 5

Identifier: B002.01.0101.0133.00014
Overview Telegram from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Anna Berkowitz [Bercovitz] in Los Angeles, California, stating that Isidor Berkowitz has passed away and to wire burial instructions.
Dates: 1909 October 5