Community Lending at No Cost

Interest-Free Loans for Life's Ups & Downs


Jewish or “Hebrew” Free Loan Associations have been in the business of providing interest-free loans to individuals across North America for over a century. There is a recognition that sometimes life throws a wrench in one’s plans, and that the support of one’s community can make the difference in how that challenge is met.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is excited to embark on a 21st century iteration of free loan for the Greater Portland community—Jewish Free Loan of Greater Portland.


Supporting one another through “life’s ups and downs,” we ensure the strength and vitality of our community now and into the future.





Email or call 503.245.6449

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Loans available for up to $4000 for life’s “ups and downs,” such as camp or school tuition, Israel experience, car repair, medical expense, housing assistance, etc.

Applicants must identify as Jewish, be 18 years or older, have a co-signer (2 co-signers for loans $2001-$4000), and have lived in the greater Portland or SW Washington area for at least 6 months. Click ELIGIBILITY for complete list of guidelines.


1. Download your application and Co-Signer application or contact Caron at 503-245-6449 to have an application mailed to you.

2. Provide required documents including proof of income for Borrower and Co-signer.

4. After credit checks are completed, you will meet members of the Loan Committee for an in-person interview.

5. After all documentation is received and interview is complete, you will receive notification of your loan status.


You can SHARE in a community revolving loan fund that lets you borrow now and HELP OTHERS as you repay.

Pay it forward - your gift at any level makes a real difference.

What is free lending?

Parshat Mishpatim: What The Bible Says About Money Lending




In affiliation with

Free Loan Committee


Anna Davis Stuart Director Les Gutfreund Lee Holzman
Jeffrey Kirsch, Chair Albert Menashe Brenda Schwartz
Jaime Shulman
Jason Waxman Gary Weinstein

Carrie Hoops, ex-officio
Caron Blau Rothstein, ex-officio Rabbi Ariel Stone, ex-officio

The Jewish Free Loan of Greater Portland is supported by the Blumauer-Bloom Fund and the Nettie Rosen Director Free Loan Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and from generous donors like you.