JEWISH COMMUNITY NONPROFIT

Who We Are

OUR HISTORY

For over 85 years, the Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association (DHFLA) has assisted members of the Greater North Texas Jewish community in need by providing interest-free loans.

We were founded on June 23, 1935 by 14 Jewish business leaders. These prominent members of the Dallas Jewish community pledged $132 to establish a Gemilut Chasadim or interest-free loan fund and agreed to make loans up to $10 to Dallas Jews in need of assistance. Since then, we have strived to create a financially secure North Texas, North Central Texas, and East Texas Jewish community by offering interest-free loans.

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ORIGINS OF THE FREE LOAN MOVEMENT


The Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association was built on free loan associations known initially as “hevrot gemilut Hasadim,” established in Europe as early as 1749, and later in the U.S.

By the 19th Century, free loan societies, were actively operated specifically by American Jewish communities and were critical to the promotion of Jewish economic growth and served as a financial lifeline to Jews requiring financial assistance.

Free loan associations were seen as honorable in contrast to traditional forms of charity which, according to writer Shelly Tennenbaum, were defined as “psychologically degrading and” perpetuating “poverty by encouraging dependency.”1 The benefits of organizations such as DHFLA were praised by important philanthropists and Jewish business leaders such as banker, businessman and philanthropist Jacob Schiff who was regarded as the “guardian angel” of the free loan system.

1 Shelly Tennenbaum, A Credit to Their Community: 1880-1945, Jewish Loan Societies in the United States (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1993), page 33.

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​DALLAS HEBREW FREE LOAN ASSOCIATION TODAY


Today, DHFLA continues the tradition of providing interest-free loans to members of our Jewish community who need immediate help and those who are investing in their futures.

The success of our interest-free lending program continues to be a model for community support. DHFLA maintains a 100% loan repayment rate. As our loans are repaid, the dollars are lent again and again, enabling us to help a greater number of people and multiplying the impact of our work.

We are the only organization in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise Counties, and any other county inclusive of Wichita Falls, Texarkana, Tyler, Waco and Longview, Texas that provides interest-free loans for a variety of purposes to members of the Jewish community. From loans for adoption and fertility treatments, emergencies, and general needs, to healthcare, higher education, Jewish experiences, small business expenses and special needs, DHFLA helps the Greater North Texas, North Central Texas, and East Texas Jewish community navigate economic challenges and affordably pursue dreams.

Leadership

OFFICERS

David Kronick 
President

Josh Goldstein
Board Liaison

Mark Jacobs
Vice President

Barbara Miskin
Vice President

Mike Radoff
Vice President

Eliot Shindler
Secretary

Helen Waldman
Immediate Past President

directors

Arona Ackermann
Susie Avnery
Nathan Axelrod
Stacy Barnett
David Baynash
Chad Davis
Rachel Davis
Sarah Davis
Abby Fuqua
Michael Genish
Jorge Goldsmit
Harriet Gross
Aaron Handler
Jack Jacobsen
Sharron Laizerovich
Bradley Laye
Meryl Nason
Jolene Risch
Joel Roffman
Dora Rudberg
Talya Shulkin
Arthur Skibell
Alan Tolmas
Sally Wolfish

FOUNDERS

Morris Banks*
Max Glazer*
J. Manuel Hoppenstein*
Sam Kassed*
Joseph Kirschner*
Elly Lerer*
Mike Levine*
Louis Okon*
Daniel Rabinowitz*
Wolf Reisberg
Reuben Robinson
Simon Selinger
Aaron T. Stillman
Jacob Winer

*Of blessed memory

PAST PRESIDENTS

Herman Abrams
A. Baron*
Benjamin Berman*
Yale Candy*
Label Feldman*
Marvin Feldman
Sam Gilford*
M.B. Goldfarb*
Harrison Goldman
Isaac Goldstein*
Hymie Greenspan*
Donald Gross*
Leo Harris
J. Manuel Hoppenstein*
Bill Jayson*
Ann Kahn
Nathan Kaplan
Sam Kassed*
Caroline Kaye
Stanley Kaye
Morris Leiman*
Phil Levin*
Michael L. Levine*
Mike Levine*
Morris Levine*
Sol Levine*
H.M. Levinson*
Allen N. Luterman
Susan Candy Luterman
Louis Marx
Abe Meyer*
Richard Myers*
Louis Okon*
Sam Rachofsky*
Fred Reisberg*
Milton Rubin*
Albert Schwartz*
William Soltes*
Morris Shwiff*
Arthur Skibell
Iris Young Sheppard
Sam Tobolowsky*
Nat. T. Walters*
Melvin Yonack*

JOIN US


If you are interested in becoming involved in an organization making a life-changing impact in the lives of individuals and families in the Greater North Texas, North Central Texas, and East Texas Jewish community, contact us about involvement opportunities.

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No interest loans for the Greater North Texas Jewish Community

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5402 Arapaho Rd
Dallas, TX 75248
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am – 6 pm
Phone: 469-206-1639

What We Do

Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association (DHFLA) provides interest-free loans to members of the Jewish communities in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise Counties, and any other county inclusive of Wichita Falls, Texarkana, Tyler, Waco and Longview, Texas.

Member of the International Association of Jewish Free Loans (IAJFL). We are a nonprofit 501c3.

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