JELF Alumni are giving back There are many ways to
bring it full circle.

Share your story (submit a JELFie), take the JELF Alumni survey or volunteer with JELF.  You can also make your donation today!


*** 2023 Matching Gift ***

This year, two passionate individuals have offered to match all new donations from former recipients dollar-for-dollar between now and December 31, 2023.  In 2022, JELF alumni donated enough to fund 16 students. You can help us double this in 2024!

JELF's Impact

Since 1961 JELF has provided 19,537,582 in interest free loans to 6,208 students.


Provide Feedback

We want your two cents! Help make an even bigger impact by taking our Alumni Survey.


Loan Repayment

With each repayment, JELF is able to lend recycled dollars to current tudents in need.  Thank you!

Check out these JELFie stories!

  • Larisa K.

  • David S.

  • David P.

  • Arielle B.

  • Emma L.

  • Jenna O.

  • Samara R.

  • Ben S.

  • Jane S.

  • Brittany F.

  • Evaline D.

  • Amanda L.

    Remember how expensive college was for you? Rising tuition and inflation means it is even more expensive today!


    Pay it forward with a gift to JELF.

    When you give back, current (and future) Jewish students can go forward.   Additionally, you help strengthen the circle of giving for generations to come!

    ** 2023 MATCHING GIFT ***

    Between now and December 31, 2023, all new dollars contributed by former recipients will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Help us loan more!

    Does your company match?

    If you work for a company that will match your gift, let us know in the form!

    845 Total Paid in Full

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    110 Total Volunteers

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    26% Full Circle Donors

    $80K Alumni Donations

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    Tomer's Full Circle Story

    “Honestly, there was a low point in my life where I couldn't feed myself. JELF provided me with the funds to pay for basic life necessities. That's why it's so important to me as a donor to give back to JELF. Without JELF I don't think I would have completed my undergraduate degree. I truly wouldn't be sitting here."

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    We want to hear your story. Someone reading about your experience with JELF might lead to them to apply or donate!

    Jelf Spreading Good Vibes

    Each year we have over 100 volunteers, many of who are former recipients, who give their time to help Jewish students.

    JELF can help Career Services

    Looking for your first job or trying to find your next career opportunity? Several of JELF's partner agencies proudly offer a multitude of live tools including job search, resume/cover letter, interviewing skills, LinkedIn -- and even one-on-one career coaching.  If you have an opportunity that you are interested in talking to us about, please reach out here.

    One-on-One support Free Resume Review

    Looking for new job -- or looking for that first job?  JELF is happy to offer the opportunity for JELFies to have an experienced recruiter to review your resume one-on-one over Zoom.  Fill out the form below if you are interested in having your resume reviewed! 

    Career Connections provides job seekers and businesses with free employment-related support services and resources. Deeply connected with the Jewish community of the Palm Beaches, Career Connections offers unparalleled resources related to a successful job search and career plan.

    Register for a Workshop

    JWorks Miami is offering career support for Miami-Dade residents only through monthly workshops, Zoom networking and one-on-one coaching!  Workshops include organizing your job search and interviewing skills.

    **Only available for residents of Miami-Dade County

    Register for a Workshop

    Please enjoy JELF's 1st Annual Newsletter. Making Marks! This newsletter features inspiring alumni stories, including words from Rob Rickles who has served as JELF's Board Chair not once but twice!

    Please enjoy JELF's 1st Annual Newsletter, 2021 (v. 2): Making Marks! This newsletter features inspiring alumni stories, including words from JELF Alum Eliana Coleman, Aaron Shaw and Sam Dubin, whose first short film, The Stream, recently debuted!