TORONTO (JTA) — The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba in Canada has received an $8.48 million bequest from the estate of local philanthropist David Silverberg.
The gift by Silverberg, who died in 2009, creates the Ernest I. Silverberg, Morris Silverberg, David Silverberg, Maier Silverberg and Antzi Silverberg Fund in memory of Silverberg, his parents and brothers.
The endowment will support local hospitals, service agencies, synagogues and Jewish community organizations primarily in Winnipeg and Israel.
Silverberg was born in Winnipeg in 1913 to immigrant parents. An electrical engineer by training, he spent many years designing airports in Manitoba, with a major focus on runways.
The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba is a public entity that manages an endowment fund exceeding $70 million. It has distributed more than $30 million in grants and scholarships in the local Jewish community and across Canada.