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May 19, 1978 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-05-19

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8 Friday, May 19, 1918

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Hebrew Free Loan: 83 Years of Emergency Aid

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loans to persons unable to

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secure commercial bank
loans. In these 83 years, the
agency has loaned more
than $6 million.
The agency was founded
mainly to help newly-
arrived immigrants from
Russia and eastern Europe.
Today, once again, at least
half the Free Loan's appli-
cants are Russian immig-
rants.
The immigrants are ini-
tially helped by Resettle-
ment Service, Jewish Fam-
ily Service and the Jewish
Vocational Service, but
once they have a place to
live and a job, they turn to
us if they need additional
help," said HFLA President
Henry Leopold.
"We have provided loans
for the Russians for used
cars, which they need to get
to work, for car repairs and
insurance, for sending their
baggage from Russia, tui-
tion for beauty schools,
union dues, the purchase of
tools for work and many
other purposes," he said.
HFLA estimates it will
serve 50 Russians this year
with loans totalling
$43,000.
The agency also pro-
vides numerous loans to
college and technical
school students and to
parents of children in the
local Jewish day schools.
"This way the schools
can have the entire tui-
tion fee at the beginning
of the year, and the par-
ents can pay us back
monthly or quarterly,
which is easier for them,"
Leopold said.
"Although loans to Rus-
sians, students and day
school parents are the
largest categories, people
need our services for very
widespread purposes," said

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Florence Schwartz, HFLA's
executive secretary.
"One of our regular appli-
cants is an 82-year-old man,
a shoemaker, who still runs
his own business," she said.
"He sells some new shoes,
too, and every year he takes
out a loan to purchase in-
ventory; he pays it back as
he sells the shoes.
"In the past couple of
years we've seen an in-
crease in the number of
single women applying for
loans, mainly widows and
divorcees," she said. "And
we get a lot of requests from
people who are temporarily
out of work, either because
of medical problems, sea-
sonal layoffs, or a career
change. Often the money is
needed to meet medical ex-
penses."
Borrowers usually come
to the Hebrew Free Loan
Association after being re-
ferred by Jewish Family
Service or by a rabbi, Mrs.
Schwartz said. "Unfortu-
nately a lot of people who
need our help don't know we
exist. We're preparing to
distribute a pamphlet de-

scribing our services."
HFLA is a Jewish Welfare
Federation agency and is
funded through the Allied
Jewish Campaign.
HFLA provides loans
of $75 to $2,000. Appli-
cants need no collateral,
but do need the endorse-
ment of two co-signers.
Members of the agency's
board of directors meet
every Sunday morning at
the United Hebrew
Schools building to act on
loan applications. Loans
are usually approved
within 10 days, Mrs.
Schwartz said.
"We have 21 members of
our board of directors and
every Sunday at least two
are scheduled to interview
applicants," she said. "Of-
ten others will come in and
when they're not scheduled
simply because they're in-
terested."
In dire emergencies,
loans can be approved
within 48 hours, Leopold
said. "Our directors are
available seven days a week
to deal with an emergency,"
he said.
The Free Loan's repay-

Herzog Blasts Iraq Election
to Human Rights Board

UNITED NATIONS
(JTA) — Israeli Ambas-
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strongly criticized the elec-
tion of Iraq by the United
Nations Economic and So-
cial Council to membership
in the Commission on
Human Rights. In a scorn-
ful comment, Herzog said:
"Uganda, Libya and
Syria will now be joined on
the Commission by yet an-
other outstanding chain;
pion of human rights, Iraq.
All that is missing now is
the inclusion of Cambodia,
known as Democratic Kam-
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rights as reflected through
its procedures and resolu-
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Baghdad.
"A measure of the seri-
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speak out courageously on
behalf of the human rights
which it symbolizes, paid
the penalty of not being re-
elected to the Commission."

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ment record is outstanding.
"We have less than one-half
of one percent write-off,"
Mrs. Schwartz said. "Most
loans are repaid within
eight months to a year. The
Russian immigrants are
very conscientious about
repaying. And since our
student loan program was
initiated in 1957 we've had
zero loss, which is remarka-
ble when you consider the
problems the federal gov-
ernment is having collect-
ing on student loans."
Hebrew Free Loan Asso-
ciation has offices in the
United Hebrew Schools
Building. The office is open
Tuesday and Friday from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. The directors
are available Sunday from 9
a.m. to noon. For informa-
tion, phone the agency,
356-5292.

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