The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson was founded in 1947 by a small group of forward thinking leaders in the Tucson Jewish Community. There was a need in the community to support people that required financial assistance.

Murf Handmaker, Leo Rackoff and Joe Fishman came together to form the organization. They modeled the organization after other successful Hebrew Free Loan associations that were functioning across the country. These other Free Loan Associations were formed with the direction from the torah that calls for acts of loving kindness or "Chevre Gemilut Chassodim". There are several relevant Torah verses but one in particular Exodus 22:24 suggests that when loaning money to those in need, that  we should not "exact interest".

Since 1947 the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson has been lending a hand, not a handout, to those in need, helping them to remain self-sufficient and maintain dignity by providing interest-free financial assistance.

Leo Rackoff

Joe and Jennie Fishman

 Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson

         Acts of Loving Kindness Since 1947......All Faiths Welcome

Murf and Mae Handmaker

Our History