Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia

The highest form of charity is to help people help themselves





HFL at 30

HFL at 30: Honoring Our Founders

Celebrate 30 years of interest-free lending—September 10, 2014.

Information and tickets

Who are we?

The Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia provides interest-free loans to members of the Philadelphia Jewish community in need. Borrowers must live in the Philadelphia area (including some parts of South Jersey). Credit-worthy co-signers are required for all loans. Getting a loan

We now offer loans to help start a new business or refocus an existing business. Business loans are available to both Jews and non-Jews. Business Loans

How can you help?

Our loans are funded entirely from donations. Payments from borrowers are returned to our loan fund, so the same dollars can be recycled many times. In addition to cash, we also accept donations of cars and other motor vehicles. Making a donation



We always welcome volunteers.

Why do we do it?

Hebrew Free Loan Societies are based on the Biblical injunction "If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, do not act towards them as a creditor; exact no interest from them." (Exodus 22:24)

This video explains what Hebrew Free Loans do and why.

More reasons.

Remembering Rabbi Aaron Landes z"l, our founding inspiration and spiritual advisor from 1984-2014.

Learn more

Co-President Tamar Granor was interviewed (in Russian and English) by Marina Kats on WWDB-AM on February 24, 2014:



Read about Free Loan Shabbat in the Jewish Exponent.
Read our December 2012 newsletter.
Read about us in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.


Philly Phanatic at Super Sunday

The Philly Phanatic learns about HFL at Federation Super Sunday 2014.


The Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia is an accredited member of the International Association of Jewish Free Loans.


8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Loan inquiries: info@hebrewfreeloanphila.org or 267-709-9652
Executive Director: jharmon@hebrewfreeloanphila.org or 215-820-7703

Copyright, 2013, Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia