Growing up Jewish in Colorado community

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For over a century Jewish children have grown up in Colorado--some on the East Side and some on the West Side and some in small communities.

Growing up Jewish in Colorado

The Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History, part of Special Collections, Penrose Library and the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver has collected records for more than 30 years. The archives has a variety of materials of Jewish families, including private papers, institutional records, oral histories, memorabilia, and evocative vintage photographs. The first Jewish baby girl, Clara Goldsmith, was born in Denver in 1860 and through the years many children grew up as Coloradoans on the East Side of Denver, on the West Side of Denver, on farms and ranches, and in small communities.

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Bernstein Family at Seven Falls, Colorado

Mrs. Moritz Bernstein, her son and daughter and an unidentified woman ride on burros in front of the waterfalls at Seven Falls, Colorado Springs, Colorado, during a tour. Mrs. Bernstein's other son stands behind the group beside a fake elk. All five of the men and women are wearing hats. Moritz Bernstein had a dry goods store in Walsenburg, Colorado, where the family lived and in other southern Colorado towns.

Click here to view this image in the Peak Digital Beck Archives Photograph Collection

Sunday School Class and Teachers of Sons of Israel Synagogue

Four adults and twenty-two children sit on the steps of the Sons of Israel Synagogue. Congregation Sons of Israel was in Colorado Springs organized in 1903. Pictured here are members of the Hebrew School with their teachers. Standing second from the left is May Myers and third from left is May Margaret Golin. Fourth from left on first row is Rosalie June Golin (Kobey). Second row, left is Loretta Edith Golin (Gass) and third from left is Augusta Gertrude Golin (Meyer).

Daughters of Harris and Leah Sheffel Kobey

Formal portrait of the daughters of Harris and Leah Sheffel Kobey. The Kobey sisters are from left to right: Rebecca, 11 years old, Ruth, 5 months old and Dorothy, 5 years old.

Click here to view this image in the Peak Digital Beck Archives Photograph Collection

Miriam Rachofsky Kobey and Grandchildren Hannah Shwayder Berry

Miriam Rachofsky Kobey and her grandchildren (from left to right, Rebecca, Miriam holding Silas, Philip, and Leon) pose in front of an ivy-covered trellis in Aspen, Colorado. Immigrants Abraham and Miriam (Mary) Kobey began their life in Colorado in Central City. The devout couple became vegetarians for a time while living there because kosher meat transported from Denver often arrived spoiled. After they moved to Denver, Abraham worked as a rabbi and sofer, or scribe, and Miriam became a highly respected midwife, often performing her services free for poor women.  Read more »

Portrait of Tillye Shulman (Levy) at Age Two

Tillye Shulman Levy, shown here at age two at the Shulman family home in Central City in 1897, became one of Denver's most active Jewish volunteers in the area of social welfare.

Bernstein Family at Seven Falls, Colorado

Mrs. Moritz Bernstein, her son and daughter and an unidentified woman ride on burros in front of the waterfalls at Seven Falls, Colorado Springs, Colorado, during a tour. Mrs. Bernstein's other son stands behind the group beside a fake elk. All five of the men and women are wearing hats. Moritz Bernstein had a dry goods store in Walsenburg, Colorado, where the family lived and in other southern Colorado towns.

Click here to view this image in the Peak Digital Beck Archives Photograph Collection

Sunday School Class and Teachers of Sons of Israel Synagogue

Four adults and twenty-two children sit on the steps of the Sons of Israel Synagogue. Congregation Sons of Israel was in Colorado Springs organized in 1903. Pictured here are members of the Hebrew School with their teachers. Standing second from the left is May Myers and third from left is May Margaret Golin. Fourth from left on first row is Rosalie June Golin (Kobey). Second row, left is Loretta Edith Golin (Gass) and third from left is Augusta Gertrude Golin (Meyer).

Daughters of Harris and Leah Sheffel Kobey

Formal portrait of the daughters of Harris and Leah Sheffel Kobey. The Kobey sisters are from left to right: Rebecca, 11 years old, Ruth, 5 months old and Dorothy, 5 years old.

Click here to view this image in the Peak Digital Beck Archives Photograph Collection

Miriam Rachofsky Kobey and Grandchildren Hannah Shwayder Berry

Miriam Rachofsky Kobey and her grandchildren (from left to right, Rebecca, Miriam holding Silas, Philip, and Leon) pose in front of an ivy-covered trellis in Aspen, Colorado. Immigrants Abraham and Miriam (Mary) Kobey began their life in Colorado in Central City. The devout couple became vegetarians for a time while living there because kosher meat transported from Denver often arrived spoiled. After they moved to Denver, Abraham worked as a rabbi and sofer, or scribe, and Miriam became a highly respected midwife, often performing her services free for poor women.  Read more »

Portrait of Tillye Shulman (Levy) at Age Two

Tillye Shulman Levy, shown here at age two at the Shulman family home in Central City in 1897, became one of Denver's most active Jewish volunteers in the area of social welfare.

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