The David and Minnie Berk Foundation was created in 1961 by the family and friends of David and Minnie Berk and the members of the Progressive Synagogue, Brooklyn, N.Y. in honor of the David and Minnie Berk's many years of service to their community.  Although the original intention of the Foundation was to provide educational scholarships, soon after it was created the Foundation decided not to limit itself to any one field and "to help any person in need."  Today the foundation awards grants to charitable organizations working in the areas of the arts, education, and social services for youth, the elderly and the needy.