The City of Hope Began as The Jewish Consumptive Relief Association – 1912

The Jewish Consumptive Relief Association

The Jewish Consumptive Relief Organization has its beginnings as a sub-organization of the Jewish Sheltering Society, but quickly went off on its own.

September, 1912, was the date of the first meeting to discuss organizing the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association.

Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of California in May, 1913.

The opening of the sanatorium was January 11, 1914.


Tuberculosis was in almost epidenic form in many areas of the United States.

There was no known cure except rest and preferably very dry and warm climate.

Because it was infectious, most patients were separated from family and housed in special homes.

To make matters worse, many of the patients were children.


The First Location

Kaspare Cohn donated a house on Carroll Street as a Consumptive Hospital/Home.

The house still stands today.

The Kaspare Cohn Hospital #1 on Carroll Street, 1903


In 1914, after the City of Los Angeles decreed that all Comsumptive Facilities had to leave the city limits, 10 acres of land were purchased in Duarte, in the San Gabrial Valley, 16 miles east of Los Angeles.

The First Cottage/Tents at Duarte


The original Los Angeles Sanatorium in Duarte consisted of two tents, one for caregivers and one for patients.


Patients relax in Sunlight at Duarte Sanatorium


The City of Hope

Renamed The City of Hope, the sanatorium grew rapidly, treating tubercular patients until after World War II when vaccines for tuberculous stopped the epidemic.

The Ladies Auxiliary at the Early Sanatorium


Post World War II

Post World War II saw the City of Hope evolve into a full medical center now known mostly for its focus on cancer research.


The City of Hope – Today a World Famed Cancer Research Center

The Modern Helford Building at the City of Hope

Though not a “Jewish” institution, its roots were, and a major portion of its fund raising offices around the country are heavily supported by various Jewish groups, both formal and informal.


(Thank You, Kaspare Cohn and the original Jewish Comsumptive Relief Society.)


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City of Hope Today in Duarte