Jacob and Charlotte Gordon and their Daughters, circa 1920
Jacob and Charlotte Gordon stand in front of a building. In front of them are their daughters, Bess (with a large bow), Baila, and Eleanor. A son born later is not shown in the photograph. Jacob, a schohet (a kosher slaughterer in the Jewish tradition), Talmudic scholar, and later a mohel (one who performs the ritual circumcision), migrated to Denver, Colorado, in 1914 from Russia to join his uncle, Velvel Heller. By 1917 Jacob Gordon saved enough to bring his wife and daughter Bess from Russia and the family settled on Denver's west side. Two more daughters and a son were born in Denver. Charlotte Gordon was a founder of the Beth David Sisterhood, which was organized for the purpose of building a school for Jewish education on Denver's west side. As treasurer she collected dimes and quarters for the school in the neighborhoods on the west side of Denver. The Sisterhood merged with the Denver Hebrew Institute and became the Hebrew Educational Alliance.
- circa 1920
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Scope and Contents
The collection contains materials intentionally assembled by the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Jews in the Rocky Mountain region. The bulk of the photographs are from or related to various towns in Colorado, but the collection also contains photographs from other states in the western United States and other countries. There are some 19th century photograph types represented in the collection, including albumen prints, daguerrotypes, tintypes, post cards, colorized prints, cabinet cards, and cartes-de-visite.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Good 7 x 5 inches black and white
A copy was donated for an article by Marjorie Hornbein in the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Notes, Volume 4, Number 3, Spring 1982.
Title supplied by archivist. ||Appears in ''Images of America: Jewish Denver 1859-1940,'' by Dr. Jeanne Abrams, page 106.
- Beth David Sisterhood (Denver, Colo.)
- Denver (Colo.)
- Gorden, Baila
- Gorden, Bess
- Gorden, Charlotte, 1890-1960
- Gorden, Eleanor
- Gorden, Jacob, 1887-1977
- Gordon family
- Hebrew Educational Alliance (Denver, Colo.)
- Jewish children
- Jewish families
- Social life and customs
- From the Collection: University of Denver. Center for Judaic Studies. Ira M. Beck Memorial Collection of Rocky Mountain Jewish History (Organization)
- From the Collection: Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society (Organization)