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Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Receives $8.5 Million Bequest from Estate of David Silverberg

December 14, 2011

The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the leader in planned giving solutions for Manitoba’s Jewish philanthropists, today announced that it has received an $8.48 million bequest from the estate of philanthropist David Silverberg, long-time supporter of the Jewish Foundation. The charitable gift by Mr. Silverberg, who passed away in January of 2009, creates the “Ernest I. Silverberg, Morris Silverberg, David Silverberg, Maier Silverberg and Antzi Silverberg Fund” in memory of David, his parents and brothers. The endowment fund will support local hospitals, service agencies of all types, synagogues and Jewish community organizations primarily in Winnipeg and in Israel.
David Silverberg and his brothers, Ernest and Morris, were raised to be charitable and dedicate themselves to community service. Mr. Silverberg considered these values to be his “family legacy”. In that spirit, they chose to leave an enduring gift for future generations. Mr. Silverberg’s substantial bequest underscores the confidence donors and their professional advisors place in the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba as knowledgeable, responsible stewards of charitable assets.
David Silverberg
David Silverberg was born in Winnipeg in 1913 to immigrant parents, Maier and Antzi Silverberg. He attended local schools and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1934 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His first job with the Canadian Grain Commission earned him a salary of $720 per year. He went on to work for the Department of Transportation, being initially hired as a draftsman, and retired as their Chief Engineer of Administrative Services. He spent many years designing airports in the province with a major focus on runways.
Throughout his life, David spent “thousands of hours” volunteering at the House of Ashkenazie Synagogue on Burrows Avenue. He held various positions on its board and performed extensive duties on its behalf. David’s gifts to his community and religion extended far beyond the giving of his time and knowledge.  He was a quiet, often anonymous philanthropist. His generosity touched over 150 charities and foundations. His relationship with the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba began in 1977 when he established an endowment fund in memory of his parents.
The “Ernest I. Silverberg, Morris Silverberg, David Silverberg, Maier Silverberg and Antzi Silverberg Fund” in memory of David, his parents and brothers, fulfills Mr. Silverberg’s specific philanthropic wishes, while
supporting causes that range from health and social services, to Jewish life in Canada and in Israel. David
Silverberg and his family leave a perpetual testament of boundless generosity and community service for those who follow.
About the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba
The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba is a public foundation that manages a growing endowment fund that exceeds $70 million. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $30 million in grants and scholarships in the local community and across Canada. All gifts to the Jewish Foundation are invested in perpetuity. Its mission, in keeping with its Jewish heritage and values, encourages and facilitates the creation and growth of endowment funds to enable the community to realize its potential.
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