Extraordinary Jewish Colorado Women

Since the inception of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985, 152 women have been inducted into the exclusive circle.  Four of these trail-blazing women are represented in the Beck Archives collection and will also be featured in an exhibit  that celebrates all of the inductees of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  Spread across three locations on the University of Denver campus, the exhibit will run until June 26, 2017 in the Anderson Academic CommonsBonfils Stanton Music Library & Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women.

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Frances Wisebart Jacobs

Frances Wisebart Jabobs

Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Frances Wisebart Jacobs earned the appellation of “ Denver’s Mother of Charities” for her extensive work with local charities, and she established the first free kindergarten in Denver for children of the working poor. The National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives sanatorium, today’s National Jewish Health facility, was originally named after her in recognition of the pivotal role she played in its founding. Frances was also one of the initial three founders of the Denver Charity Organization Society, which became the United Way. Her many philanthropic contributions were recognized in the Colorado State Capitol rotunda, where her portrait in stained-glass is featured among ten of our state pioneers, and she is the only woman so honored. She is also represented in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Fannie Lorber

Fannie Lorber

Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Fannie Lorber co-founded The Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children in 1907 to care for children whose parents were victims of tuberculosis. These children, whose parents were ill, were often left to fend for themselves. As needs changed, the focus of the institution did as well, and it evolved into a facility for caring for children with respiratory illnesses. The Denver Sheltering Home later was renamed the National Home for Asthmatic Children and eventually merged with National Jewish Hospital. “The Mother of Hundreds” was the president of the organization until her death in 1958.

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Golda Meir (standing) with her sister Shana, niece Judy and brother-in-law Sam Korngol

Golda Meir

Featured in the Bonfils Stanton Music Library

Golda Meir immigrated to the US from Russia, and settled with her family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When her parents attempted to stop Golda from attending high school and tried to marry her off instead, Golda ran away from home to live with her married sister in Denver, where she could continue her education. Golda attended North Denver High School and helped with her brother-in-law’s business, the Wisconsin Cleaning and Processing Works. In 1914, she returned to her parents’ home in Milwaukee on the promise she would be allowed to continue her education. A Democratic Socialist and Zionist, after she married, she and her husband, whom she had met in Denver, moved to Tel Aviv. There she became very politically prominent, and she eventually becoming the 4th prime minister of Israel.

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From left to right: Minnie S. Harris, Miriam Goldberg, Amelia Shepco and Dorothy Lee Goldberg (front).

Miriam Goldberg

Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Miriam (Harris) Goldberg was born May 18, 1916, in Chicago, but she was raised in Colorado and graduated from Denver East High School. Her father immigrated to Colorado in the late 19th century, served as postmaster in Cripple Creek in the 1890s, and owned a coal company after moving to Denver. On Feb. 12, 1936, Miriam married Max Goldberg in Denver at the Beth HaMedrosh Hagodol Synagogue. Max Goldberg purchased the Intermountain Jewish News in 1943 and upon his death in 1972, Miriam Goldberg capably succeeded her late husband at the helm of the IJN as publisher. The paper continues to bring national news to the local population even after her death earlier this year.

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