Elias Sourasky Slomiansky was born in Biyalistok, Russia (today Poland) in 1899. He immigrated to Mexico at 17, and made it his home until his death in 1986. In Mexico, Mr. Sourasky became a successful businessman when he founded a successful textile factory. Later on he established banks and an insurance company, which eventually came to be known as "Centro Financiero". He had a very clear and ambitious vision for Mexico, and he contributed to making it come true through his philanthropic activities.
In 1961, in light of Mr. Sourasky's interest in improving the scientific and cultural level of Mexico, the Fund for Educational Developments ("Fondo de Fomento Educativo") was established, and it was based on profits from financial activities of Mr. Sourasky's companies. Looking toward the future, while not forgetting the past, the fund established research centers and laboratories, and donated to the restoration of historic buildings.
The "Elias Sourasky Award" in science, art and letters was established in 1966. It has been awarded to numerous Mexican personalities in the arts and science.
Mr. Sourasky himself received the order of the Aztec Eagle ("Orden del Águila Azteca") – the highest decoration in Mexico.
Mr. Sourasky remained true to his Jewish background by supporting Jewish and Zionist causes around the world and in the state of Israel. He was acknowledged for his devoted assistance during the war of independence by then-Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.
In 1973, Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv was renamed after Mr. Elias Sourasky ("Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center" - aka "TASMC"). Since then, the Sourasky Medical center has come to include the following hospitals in addition to Ichilov: Lis maternity hospital and Dana children's hospital.
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