By Kristina Houck
In recognition of his service in the community, Rancho Santa Fe resident Jeffrey Silberman will be presented with the Carl M. Esenoff Memorial Award by Congregation Beth Israel May 17 at the San Diego synagogue.
Established by Beth Israel’s board in 1987, the award recognizes individuals devoted to serving the congregation and the greater community. Silberman, 56, is actively involved at Beth Israel and several organizations throughout San Diego County.
“I was taken by surprise,” said Silberman, who has lived in Rancho Santa Fe since 1984. He noted his in-laws and mentor previously received the award. “It’s very humbling and gratifying.”
A third-generation member of Beth Israel, Silberman joined the synagogue’s board when he was in his mid-20s, eventually becoming the president. Currently, he serves as co-chair of Beth Israel’s $20 million endowment campaign.
In addition to his work at Beth Israel, Silberman serves as board chair of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, as well as board member and executive committee member of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County.
“My philanthropic life is based on how I was raised, the values of our faith and the importance of giving back,” Silberman said. “I’ve always believed that everyone, no matter their station in life, can give of their time, talent and treasury in some fashion.”
Silberman has served as president and CEO of Carleton Management, his family’s San Diego-based real estate investment and development business, since 2004.
A San Diego native, Silberman graduated from Point Loma High School and went on to study economics at UC Berkeley. He earned his law degree from UCLA in 1982.
Also an alum of Francis Parker School, Silberman serves on the board and is currently co-chair of the endowment campaign for the preschool through 12th grade preparatory school.
“I enjoy helping those in need and the less fortunate,” said Silberman, a husband and father of four children. “I enjoy interacting with like-minded people, both volunteers as well as professionals in the philanthropic community.
“I hope the small contributions I’ve made will inspire others to give of their time, talent and treasure. If this motivates others, I will feel very good about being a recipient of this award.”
The award gala begins at 5:30 p.m. May 17 at Beth Israel, located at 9001 Towne Centre Drive in San Diego.
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