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HFLA of Houston Receives donation from HOD Galil

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston (HFLA) received a valuable donation of $6,000 from the Hebrew Order of Davidís Lodge Galil at the Houston Kosher Chili Cookofff on Sunday February 26th, 2017.

David Loev, President of HFLA Houston, says that the newly formed relationship between the two organizations bodes well for future cooperation.

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston provides interest-free loans for Jews in the Houston community for food and housing assistance, emergency funding, tuition assistance for Jewish day schools, college and camp, emergency travelers aid, loans for medical expenses, senior care, adoption or fertility treatment, and business startups.

Today, the organization is funded largely through individual donations. HFLA started an endowment fund, which ideally will provide funds well into the future.

Recent loans by HFLA include loans for infertility, car repairs, outstanding bills, business startups, automobile purchases, tuition, avoiding eviction, moving expenses and credit card debt.

The Hebrew Order of David (HOD) Lodge Galil is an outstanding non-profit Jewish fraternal organization committed to the ideals of Unity, Fraternity, Love and Peace across the world, and the personal development of our members. These ideals have been practiced by HOD International since its earliest days in 1896.

The Houston chapter has been in existence for two years and has already grown to more than 80 members.

The Hebrew Order of David International is a forum for an ever-growing number of Jewish adult males, operating as a cohesive fraternal unit supporting its members, and serving the community, applying Jewish ideals and values while providing its members the opportunity for personal development.

In addition to making a donation to HFLA, HOD also made a donation of $6,000 to the Friendship Circle, an organization serving children with special needs.

Paul Wainstein, President of HOD, stated, "HOD Galil provides assistance to the Jewish community when help is needed. Examples include assisting at events to provide security, moving or delivering items, minyan assistance, and various other requests."

For information about HFLA, please visit For information about HOD please visit

Seen here are (from left to right) Rachel Yurowitz, Larry Ellard, Harold Minkowitz, David Loev, Paul Wainstein, Ivan Kessel and Joe Blog.