Hebrew Free Loan Society offers a hand up to members of the Jewish community. (All names have been changed to protect the privacy of our borrowers.) We also help local businesses.

Coping with Emergencies

Hannah Cohen is a substitute teacher and a single mother. Hannah and her two children had to leave their home after an exterminator accidentally poisoned the air and all the soft goods (their clothing, upholstery, bedding, drapes and carpets). Outside their temporary home, Hannah slipped and fell on a patch of ice, breaking her pelvis. Unable to work, Hannah needed help to pay both her mortgage and her rent. Hebrew Free Loan stepped in.

Getting Started in America

Irina Karpov was born in Russia and now lives in Northeast Philadelphia. She works at a Russian-language newspaper and supplements her income teaching Hebrew part-time. She needed to buy a used car to get from one job to the other. Hebrew Free Loan made it possible.

What Borrowers Say

“I can’t express my gratitude to you for working with me and saying ‘yes’ while everyone else said ‘no.'”

“Without you, we may not be where we are today. I will ALWAYS be grateful to you.”

“(My loan) helped keep me on my feet and not have to close down a business I worked so hard to build.”

“It’s an amazing service. Having a little breathing room makes all aspects of life just a little bit better. I believe it also really helps the community and the local economy. Thank you!”