Recent News

National Flood Relief Assistance of Hebrew Free Loan Association

As news about the devastation in Houston continues to come in, Hebrew Free Loan Associations around the USA have been asking what they can do to help. Even as thousands of residents are still waiting to be rescued from rising flood waters, Texas is facing a massive, multibillion-dollar rebuilding effort that may affect a generation.

Wonderful organizations such as HFLA New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have demonstrated an opportunity to come together and help provide interest-free loans to people in Houston who are struggling and will continue to face hardships for months and years to come.

These Hebrew Free Loan associations are joining forces with their colleagues at the Hebrew Free Loan Association in Houston to make interest-free disaster recovery loans to people in the greater Houston area.

As these loans are repaid, they will go into a permanent Disaster Relief Fund that can be used again and again to help people in our communities facing urgent situations.

Kol yisrael arevim zeh la zeh. Houstonians Jewry can only thank them for being part of a community that takes to heart its responsibilities for each other.

For emergency flood relief loans in Houston, please visit our website at www.hfla.net Or call (713) 724-8997. To make a donation, go to www.hfla.net.

Hebrew Free Loan Associations Succesful Fundraising and Update Event

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston (HFLA) hosted a successful fundraising event in at the home of Hannah and David Loev.

Reuben Bar-Yadin and Max and Desiree Blankfeld each generously matched $25,000 of funds, resulting in more than $100,000 being raised for HFLA to provide the highest form of charity in Judaism; interest free loans to Jews.

Bryan Miller was honored for his exceptional work as one of the Past Presidents, serving the association with distinction.

HFLA of Houston’s President, David Loev, welcomed all those present. Paul Wainstein, one of the Vice-Presidents presented the numerous changes made to the association in order to bring it up-to-date with changes in technology, social media and the needs of the Jewish community in Houston.

Recent HFLA loans include loans for infertility, business start-ups and education. HFLA encourages those in need of an interest free loan to apply.

HFLA has loan funds available to Houston area Jews in need. To apply for a loan, to learn more about HFLA, or to make a donation, visit www.hfla.net


Left to Right:
Joe Blog, David Blankfeld , Desiree Blankfeld, Max Blankfeld, Paul Wainstein, Yigal Saghian


Left to Right:
Bryan Miller and David Loev, picture honoring Bryan for his service to HFLA


Left to Right:
Aaron Miller, Bryan Miller, David Loev, Joe Blog, Paul Wainstein

Hebrew Free Loan Association Announces Officers for 2017 and Goal of Increasing Loans Provided

The Houston Hebrew Free Loan Association elected its executive officers for 2017 which included the following: David Loev, President, Paul Wainstein, Vice President Marketing, Yigal Saghian, Vice President Loans, Joe Blog, Treasurer, Larry Ellard, Secretary, Bryan Miller, Past President, and Adam Siegel, Past President.



Since 1932, the Houston Hebrew Free Loan Association has provided emergency funding as well as micro-loans to business startups. The organization has expanded its range of services to include tuition assistance for Jewish day schools, college and camp, emergency travelers aid, loans for medical expenses, senior care, adoption or fertility treatment, and more.

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

In 2016 to date, HFLA has made loans for such needs as car repairs, outstanding bills, business startups, automobile purchases, tuition, avoiding eviction, furniture, moving expenses, store inventory, legal fees, rent, and credit card debt.

“The goal of HFLA is to increase the amount of interest free loans provided to Jews in the Houston community,” stated HFLA President David Loev. There are many important organizations for people to get behind, and HFLA feels it is critical to assist those locally in our own community.

In Exodus, we are commanded to lend money to the poor person without imposing interest on him. “A loan allows the recipient to maintain their dignity in times of need and has valuable psychological benefits over a handout,” explained HFLA president David Loev. Providing interest-free loans is a Torah obligation, a commitment HFLA continues proudly to fulfill.

HFLA has loan funds available to Houston area Jews in need. To apply for a loan, to learn more about HFLA, or to make a donation, visit www.hfla.net


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 David’s 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 www.hfla.net. For information about HOD please visit http://www.hodgalil.org/.

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