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College Bound? Applying for the William Davidson Jewish College Loan Program (WDJCLP)? Mark Your 2015 Calendar with These Important Dates

March 9th, 2015

As winter fades into spring, time really seems to accelerate for high school students and their parents and grandparents. Parties, ceremonies, awards and special events fill up the calendar. And you know what else should fill your calendar? These key application dates for applying for loans! College is a big investment in your future and […]

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Helping Michigan’s Jewish Students Achieve Their Dreams: The William Davidson Jewish College Loan Program and Hebrew Free Loan Are Here to Help

February 3rd, 2015

Every day, it seems there is a news story about college loans and the financial burden they create. Recently, President Barack Obama announced his intention of making junior college free for qualifying students. The issue of crippling student debt is something that follows so many and creates long-term financial issues for many people — well […]

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5 Ways to Figure Out Which College is Right For You

January 27th, 2015

Going to college is a huge step and figuring out which one is right for you can be overwhelming. There is so much to think about – what are you going to choose for your major? What kind of school do you want to attend? Where do you want to live?   Here are 5 […]

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How Hebrew Free Loan is helping Jewish Families after Flooding in the Metro Detroit Area: Estie Gomez’s story

September 19th, 2014

Hebrew Free Loan Metro Detroit Flood Story

  On Aug. 11, 2014, many southeast Michigan residents were victims of a flood caused by torrential rainstorms.  Many people had to deal with waterlogged basements and destroyed personal, sentimental possessions. The water was so deep in some of these basements that even items carefully placed in plastic bins with lids were ruined.   This […]

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The Metro Detroit August Flood: It Hit Home at Hebrew Free Loan

September 2nd, 2014

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THE AUGUST 2014 METRO DETROIT FLOOD  Homes damaged. Families hopelessly watching as water rose in their basements, damaging furniture, walls and priceless memories and belongings. It was dubbed “floodmageddon.” On August 11, 2014, thousands of southeast Michigan residents experienced a intense rainstorm that dropped up to 6.3 inches of water over the course of a […]

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HFL and Technology: Expanding Communications and Efficiencies

November 5th, 2013

HFL and Technology: Expanding Communications and Efficiencies   Authored by: David Contorer At the recent International Association of Hebrew Free Loans (IAJFL) conference in Atlanta, some great technology ideas were shared, and Detroit’s HFL is putting these into action: •    Videos posted on HFL’s website, social media sites and through our Jewish Federation’s e-newsletter and […]

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From New Jersey to Detroit — with HFL!

October 28th, 2013

Blog Authored by Ariella Shaffren In June of 2012, Ariella, Dani, and Koby Shaffren made the move to Southfield, MI from Teaneck NJ. It was a big move for them, leaving their families in New Jersey for a state 600 miles away.  Despite having no local family and having met only a few members of the community, the warmth of the people in […]

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Expanding HFL’s Camp Loans and for The Teen Mission

September 4th, 2013

Blog authored by: Sherri Ketai A Hebrew Free Loan (HFL) interest-free loan can help families (that have financial need or may just not have the necessary cash-flow) to pay for summer camp experiences and for Israel travel.  This comes in VERY handy when a lump-sum deposit or final amount is due in the spring, and […]

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Why Serving on the HFL Board is a Special Experience

August 14th, 2013

Blog authored by: Susie Pappas This may surprise many who know me but I am not a native Detroiter.  I came here from Chicago in 1971 as a new bride and did not know a soul except my husband, Norm.  So what does a “newbie” do to meet some new people?  Join organizations, of course!  […]

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Project Heal

August 7th, 2013

Blog Authored by Dr Allen Berman I feel very fortunate to be a member of the HEAL loan team. These loans are funded through a special grant (from The Jewish Fund and matching donations)  and are for individuals who need medical or dental procedures but can not qualify for a traditional loan.  We are able to relax […]

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