Victor Silbert, 58, who founded his own accounting firm in the Washington area and who was active in Jewish organizations here, died Saturday at his home in Bethesda. He had cancer.

Mr. Silbert was born in Russia and grew up in New York City. In 1938, he and his family moved to Washington. He earned a bachelor's degree at George Washington University, served in the Army in World War II and became a certified public accountant. In 1946, he founded Silbert & Company, which first had its offices in Washington and later moved to Bethesda.

While working, Mr. Silbert earned a master's degree in accounting at Southeastern University.

He remained active in his company until his retirement last year for reasons of health. One of his sons, Joel, went into the business, which now is called Boyarsky, Silbert & Silverman with offces in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Silbert was a member of the Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase and the Southeast Hebrew Congregation in Silver Spring. He was a member for many years of the accountants division of the United Jewish Appeal and raised funds for the B'nai Akiva Yeshivas in Israel.

He also was a member of the Zionist Organization of America, the B'nai B'rith, the Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge and the Jewish War Veterans.

In addition to his son Joel, of Potomac, survivors include his wife, Edith, of Bethesda; another son, Richard, of Potomac; one daughter, Ellen Chalef, of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, and Leo, of Silver Spring, and five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Friends of B'nai Akiva Yeshivas in Israel, 6208 Robinwood Rd., Bethesda, Md., 20817, or to the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington D.C. 20007.