Letter from C.D. Spivak to E. Rothman, 1914 February 13
Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to E. Rothman. Spivak thanks Rothman for the $8.00 contribution from new recruits in Phoenix that he obtained for JCRS. He tells Rothman that his letters add a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day because dealing with the sick and poor is difficult all of the time. Rothman asked Spivak to write a letter that goes into detail about the work that JCRS has done; therefore, Spivak lists facts about the sanatorium. He begins by saying that 2000 patients have been in the sanatorium since they opened their doors in 1904. Hundreds of patients have been restored back to health and are able to support their families and continue their careers. He also says that JCRS has made the last days of many patients pleasant as they care for them like a brother or sister would. He also states that JCRS is the only Jewish institution that will take emergency cases, if they have a bed available. JCRS has grown steadily since 1904 from ten patients to 140 patients by 1914. Spivak mentions that the expenses are tremendous as the costs are almost 40% higher per patient for the cost of living, compared to five years ago. He finishes the letter by saying that JCRS relies on the voluntary contributions from good people throughout the country. JCRS does not charge patients for board, room, nursing, or medical attention. Spivak tells Rothman that he appeals to him to make as many friends as he can for the sanatorium. The motto of JCRS is quoted by Spivak as it states, "He who saves one life is considered as if he preserved the whole world" and tells Rothman that any contribution made to JCRS is another life saved. The letter is signed "Secretary" at the bottom.
- 1914 February 13
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