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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.

As a student or parent, you can submit your JELFie and add your words to the hundreds of other testimonials we continue to receive.

JELF Success Stories

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    Since 1961 JELF has loaned
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    to 6,646 students.
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    Children of the Hebrew Orphans’ Home going on a field trip
to the Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, circa 1928.
    Children of the Hebrew Orphans’ Home going on a field trip to the Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, circa 1928.
    Hebrew Orphans' Home, 478 Washington Street, Atlanta, 1889 - 1930. This building was sold in the 1970's and later demolished.
    Hebrew Orphans' Home, 478 Washington Street, Atlanta, 1889 - 1930. This building was sold in the 1970's and later demolished.
    Al Garber,
Hebrew Orphans' Home Resident; Board Chair 1965-1967
    Al Garber, Hebrew Orphans' Home Resident; Board Chair 1965-1967

    25 Partner Agencies

    110 Volunteers

    170 Universities Last Year

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    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.

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    1,075 Full Circle Members

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    150% Alumni Giving Increase

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    26% Full Circle Percentage

    $100K Full Circle Donations

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    Many JELF loan recipients are vital members of the JELF community – in turn, helping future Jewish students in need

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    $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

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    Tomer T.

    "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"