February Tzedakah Box Supports Israel Free Loan Association
Our February tzedakah box donations will support the Israel Free Loan Association (IFLA). For 28 years, IFLA has provided low-income Israelis opportunities to face economic challenges in a dignified manner, helping them stand on their own feet and achieve economic independence. Since 1990, they have provided over 60,000 interest-free loans amounting to more than $270 million. Thanks to proper loan management, they have an average loan repayment rate of 99%.
IFLA loans help many sectors of Israeli society in numerous ways. They enable Israelis without sufficient means to open small businesses or expand existing ones, help Ethiopian immigrants move out of temporary housing, facilitate student loans to obtain academic degrees, allow ailing Israelis to purchase vital equipment and medicines or undergo operations, assist struggling Israelis to get back on their financial feet, and much more.
Helping People Help Themselves
Conventional charity can often hurt recipients by making them dependent and lowering their self-respect. Interest-free loans help without hurting by enabling people to empower themselves, as the loans they receive will eventually return and provide aid to others. As the great Jewish sage Maimonides wrote, a loan is better than charity as it enables people to help themselves.
Your generous donation will help IFLA empower people in need and strengthen Israeli society, both in times of emergency and in day-to-day hardships. Learn more about the Israel Free Loan Association.
To make an online donation, visit the Beth Am donation page and click on "Tzedakah Box" from the list of funds. Or, your donations may be placed in any of the tzedakah boxes on the Beth Am campus (in the Sanctuary foyer, Beit Kehillah or Administrative Office). If you prefer to make your donation by check, please make it payable to Congregation Beth Am and mail to: Congregation Beth Am, Attn: Tzedakah Box – IFLA, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Thank you for your support.