As each loan is repaid, more students can be funded.
JELF is making a difference.
Each loan JELF makes represents a student and a story.
JELF has played a part by providing 6,646 interest-free, last dollar loans. We refer to our recipients as JELFies.
6,646 Total Students
99% Repayment Rate
438 Recipients Last Year
100% Jewish Students
Bringing it Full Circle!
Since 2014, JELF has seen a 150% increase in Alumni giving! We continue to add more JELFies to our Full Circle Society each year - those who have received a JELF loan and now understand the importance and are able to give back themselves.
1,075 Full Circle Members
150% Alumni Giving Increase
26% Full Circle Percentage
$100K Full Circle Donations
Many JELF loan recipients are vital members of the JELF community – in turn, helping future Jewish students in need
$813K repaid last year.
This is one of the main ways our fund for new loans is replenished
JELF Alumni Leadership
16% of current JELF Board members are either former recipients themselves or have a close family member who was a JELF recipient!
Volunteering to Lend a Hand
Each year scores of volunteers from around JELF's five-state region personally review each loan applications
"There was a low point in my life where I couldn't feed myself. JELF provided me with the funds to be able to pay for basic life necessities. That's why it's so important to me as a donor to give back to JELF"