Brian Meltsner and Harold Berger first met in August 1982 during orientation week for freshman at UNC Chapel Hill. Hear how this connection not only blossomed into a longtime friendship but also years of ongoing support and commitment to JELF.., From The Charlotte Jewish News – November 2021, written by Brian Meltsner: When people ask […]
Over the past couple of years, the idea of debt forgiveness — whether for student loans, medical, or rent debt — has gone from radical to relatively mainstream. But as many organizations touting broad-based debt relief will tell you, it’s not a new, revolutionary concept. In fact, it dates back (at least) all the way […]
Longtime JELF Donors Eydie and Steve Koonin share their story of why education, and planning for the next generation, is so important.
At their December 1, 2020 Annual Meeting, JELF recognized three dedicated Board Members for their leadership to JELF. For his 15+ years of service to the organization, including as Immediate Past President, Stan Lowenstein received JELF’s 2020 Garber Family Honor Roll Award. Executive Board Members Philip Krieger and Emily Sauerteig were both recipients of the […]
In 2021, JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund) provided 400 interest-free loans to Jewish college, graduate, and vocational students with a total of $1.8 million. This increase in loan amount allowed JELF to raise the average student loan by $400 over the previous year, which was especially important during this past year as inflation rose exponentially. […]
Published in The Palm Beach Post, 7-30-19. What does Jewish Educational Loan Fund do? Student debt in the U.S. has reached record levels, making higher education out of reach for many families and saddling others with thousands in high-interest loans. According to The New York Times, 94% of undergrads are now borrowing for their education […]
2019 JELF Impact Video featuring 3 very different middle class Jewish families, each stretched to the max and unable to afford the high cost of college. Learn about how JELF touched each of their lives.
JELF’s 2019 Event introduction
JELF event featuring Steve Koonin @ Maggiano’s
University of Georgia student shares with peers at a Hillel Shabbat dinner about her experience receiving JELF loans.
Hear from 3 very different parents of JELF recipients — Stacie, Adrienne & Lou, as they talk about paying for the rising cost of a higher education for their children.
JELF’s 2017 Impact Video highlights stories from three current JELF students at different stages of their higher education. The stories of Sayyad, Hannah and Dakota represent so many of the Jewish families JELF assists each year.
JELF Fundraising Event