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Tucson AZ 85750

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There was a need in the community to support people that required financial assistance.

The Free Loan at the Jewish Federation was founded in 1947 as The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson by a small group of forward thinking leaders in the Tucson Jewish Community.

There was a need in the community to support people that required financial assistance.

Murf Handmaker, Leo Rackoff and Joe Fishman came together to form the organization. They modeled the organization after other successful Free Loan Associations that were functioning across the country. The Free Loan Associations were based on the directive in the Torah calling for acts of loving kindness or "Chevre Gemilut Chassodim". There are several relevant Torah verses but one in particular Exodus 22:24 suggests that when loaning money to those in need, that we should not "exact interest".

Since 1947, The Free Loan has been lending a hand, not a handout, to those in need, helping people remain self-sufficient and maintain dignity by providing interest-free financial assistance.

In early 2019, the name was changed to The Free Loan at the Jewish Federation to reflect the organization's move to the Jewish Federation facility and the STRONGER TOGETHER belief  that benefits our community.

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