Linda & Daniel Bader
Ginny & Jeff Gendelman
Debra & Moshe Katz
Melina & David Marcus
Lynne & Richard Pearson
Louise & Gerald** Stein
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sarah Platt, President
Karen Lieberman Felesia Martin
Dr. David Wyatt
Rabbi Joel Alter
Cantor David Barash
Father David Cooper
James L. Miller*
Founder/Executive Director Emeritus
** Of Blessed Memory
ACCREDITED MEMBER SINCE 2009
Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association (MJFLA) is an interest-free, non-sectarian, non-profit organization that has been offering alternative financial solutions to Southeastern Wisconsin since 2009. MJFLA’s revolving loan fund is entirely supported by members of the community through private donations. With a 99.6% repayment rate, MJFLA recycles funds again and again to make more loans. MJFLA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation and a member of the International Association of Jewish Free Loans (IAJFL).
Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association, inspired by Jewish values, empowers people with temporary financial needs to achieve their goals by offering interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis.
Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association sees a future in which members of the community benefit from interest-free loans provided by a community-supported revolving loan fund.
MJFLA was founded by Ginny Gendelman in 2009. After researching all the agencies of the International Association of Hebrew Free Loans (now International Association of Jewish Free Loans), developing the necessary documents and systems with Lynne Pearson and help from other community members, and acquiring 501c3 status, a meeting was held with 36 community members at the home of Linda and Dan Bader. Six couples and one anonymous donor provided the money to establish the initial loan fund (see "FOUNDERS" this page). Moshe and Debra Katz provided office space in their building, where MJFLA is still housed today. The original board of directors was established, including Lynne Pearson as the first board president, along with Rodney Bourrage, Kathy Gridley, Moshe Katz, Jamie Miller, and Kathy Wheatley, and the first loan was made in November 2009. Over time, MJFLA has grown from one fund to 15 named funds, and from an initial balance of $60,000 to over $1,015,000 in 2023. MJFLA remains an accredited member of the IAJFL, maintaining a 99.6% repayment rate and leading the US member agencies in percentage of assets out in the community for multiple years. Ginny Gendelman served on the IAJFL executive board for 10 years. At the end of November 2023, with over $2,000,000 loaned to date, and after helping thousands of individuals and their families, Ginny Gendelman will retire, and Anna Koenig will take over as the new Executive Director, leading MJFLA into the next generation.
Hours of Operation:
MJFLA is generally available (via telephone, email, text, and chat) to offer assistance Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM or one hour before sundown (whichever is earlier).
MJFLA Office Holidays*
Shabbat (every Friday night/Saturday)
New Year’s Day
Passover (first and last days)
Shavuot (first day)
Rosh Hashanah (first two days)
Sukkot (first day and Shmini Atzeret)
Thanksgiving Day (and Friday - 2 days)
*All Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the night before including Shabbat.
By submitting any MJFLA application or donation form, calling 414-961-1500, emailing info@MJFLA.org, or using the website chat to contact MJFLA, you are opting in to receive SMS messages from MJFLA. You may choose to opt out by replying STOP to unsubscribe at any time.
MJFLA has been an accredited member of the International Association of Jewish Free Loans since 2009.
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