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Denver, Colorado

Identifier: B114.02.0003.0005


Jews headed to Colorado with the Gold Rush of 1858-1859. Early settlers were merchants, peddlers, failed prospectors, wage workers, and health seekers. They included Reform German Jews such as Julius Mitchell, Fred Salomon, Hyman Salomon, Leopold Mayer, Abraham Jacobs, Joel Gottlieb, and Wolfe Londoner. The Hebrew Burial and Prayer Society, established in 1860, bought land for a cemetery and conducted services through the 1860s, eventually becoming incorporated as Temple Emanuel in 1874, located at 19th and Curtis. A number of Eastern European Jews, mainly Orthodox, were attracted to Denver as a mecca for consumptives. These tuberculosis sufferers were treated at National Jewish Hospital, opened in 1899, and at the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society, opened in 1904. Early Jews settled by Cherry Creek, in Capitol Hill, and on West Colfax Avenue.


  • 1882-2019

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

The collection is predominately in English, but some materials are in Hebrew.


From the Collection: 2 Linear Feet (3 legal document boxes and 1 letter document box.)

Scope and Contents

Folder contains short history of Denver Jews and interviews with Isadore Hershkowitz, Aaron Seiver, and Ida Aaron about life in Denver

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
(303) 871-3428