JIFLA (Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta) is taking its message from its Chamblee office to the community.
On-the-Road speakers, including Jay Kessler and Jeff Gladstein, are meeting with groups throughout the city to inform members of the Jewish community about the availability of financial relief in the form of interest-free loans to get through financially challenging situations.
Kessler, a member of the JIFLA executive board and co-chair of the marketing and engagement committee, spoke at Congregation Beth Jacob after services Saturday, March 3. He explained the organization’s mandate, scope and nonthreatening accessibility.
Interest-free loans are a classic Jewish practice and have been available in various forms for hundreds of years. The present board is focused on “telling our story and getting information out there to more people who need us or who know people whom we can help,” Kessler said.
Since 2010, JIFLA has provided interest-free loans to people and families in immediate need.
Kessler, who initiated the informational outreach program, talked about some of the more than 100 loans made in recent years.
Jewish groups, including synagogues, nonprofits and clubs, may invite a JIFLA On-the-Road speaker to a meeting. Contact JIFLA Executive Director Nancy Weissmann at 470-268-5665 or freeloan@JIFLA.org.