Thank you for bringing it full circle Mazel Tov Alumni!

Giving back to JELF is easy! Share your story (submit a JELFie!), take our survey, or join the Alumni Committee. Your support is meaningful in any form, including donations starting at $18 (Chai!). Thank you!

*** 2024 New Alumni Matching Gift ***

🎓 JELF Alumni who repaid in the last 5 years, your gift will be matched 2:1! 💸✨ That means if you donate $18, it turns into $54 for JELF! Help us make an even bigger impact in 2024. Your contribution makes a huge difference!

JELF's Impact

Since 1961 JELF has provided $$2,055,042 in 0% interest loans to 6,646 students.


Provide Feedback

We want to hear from you! 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!

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  • Carter M.

  • Sophia C.

  • Destiny A.

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  • Tamir G.

  • Aaron M.

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  • Danielle B.

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


    Pay it forward to JELF!

    When you give back, you propel Jewish students forward and strengthen the cycle of giving. For new alumni who repaid in the last 5 years, your gift will be matched 2:1, maximizing your impact!

    Does your company match?

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

    1,075 Total Paid in Full

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    99% Repayment Rate

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    26% Full Circle Donors

    $100K 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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    Gratitude in action

    Remember the impact JELF had on your journey? Now it's your chance to make that difference for others! Join us in supporting Jewish students by contributing to JELF. For new alumni who repaid in the last 5 years, your gift will be matched 2:1.

    Be the reason someone else's dreams come true. Give back to JELF and continue the cycle of support that changed your life. Together, we can make education dreams a reality.


    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.

    one-on-one support Career Services

    Looking for your first job or trying to find your next career opportunity? JELF proudly offers one-on-one resume review with an experienced recruiter (who also happens to be a JELF Alum!)

    We love making great connections! Interested in mentorship services or want to become a mentor to others?  We would love to try and help.

    Local Career Support:

    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.  See below for current services within JELF's five-state service area.

    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!