The Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS) fosters financial stability and opportunity among lower-income New Yorkers by providing access to safe and affordable credit in the form of interest-free loans. HFLS loans make an immediate, concrete difference in the lives of our borrowers, enabling them to invest in their education, start a business, meet emergency expenses, and more. HFLS is a non-sectarian lender; you do not have to be Jewish to receive an interest-free loan from HFLS.
If you are interested in applying for an interest-free loan please contact our Loan Department at 212-687-0188 or
Hebrew Free Loan Society history plaque

We were founded in 1892 by ten leaders of the Jewish immigrant community on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. These friends pooled $95 to create an interest-free loan fund and made loans starting at 50 cents.

Today, we continue that tradition of making interest-free loans available to New Yorkers who need immediate help or want to invest in their futures, but cannot afford or do not qualify for commercial credit.

HFLS maintains a 99.9% repayment rate. Since our founding 129 years ago, HFLS has provided over $380 million to more than 900,000 borrowers. As our loans are repaid, the capital is lent out again and again, helping more people and multiplying the impact over time.

HFLS is unique. There are no other organizations in New York City that provide an array of interest-free loans to low- and moderate-income people facing financial emergencies.

Biblical References to Interest-Free Lending

“If you lend money to My people, even to the poor among you , do not act toward them as a creditor; you shall not charge them interest.” – Exodus 22:24

“You shall not lend him your money at interest, or give him your food for profit.” – Leviticus 25:37

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