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Jewish Archives, item 1518 © Ontario Jewish Archives
Our Mandate, History, and Leadership
“If you lend money to My people, even to the poor among you, do not act toward them as a creditor; you shall not charge them interest.” – Exodus 22:24
The strength of Jewish Free Loan Toronto’s mandate, drawn from the Torah, lies in its simplicity. An interest-free loan is a singular form of financial assistance that can provide direct support in a wide variety of scenarios.
JFLT is proud to maintain a 99% repayment rate. Since 1924, JFLT has provided millions of dollars in assistance to thousands of borrowers.
Borrowers feel dignified and empowered, knowing that with each repayment, they are playing a central role in ensuring that funds will be available to other Jews in need.
Donors feel confident and uplifted, knowing that the impact of every dollar they give will be multiplied over the years, decades, and perhaps even centuries as capital is lent out time and again.
Watch a video of the intake counsellor who worked at JFLT in the 1940s:
Leslie Weisz President
Les is a retired financial manager who has extensive experience in banking, mortgage brokerage and corporate finance. He has an MBA from McGill University. Les began volunteering at JFLT in 1980. He suspended his volunteer work with JFLT in 1985 when he moved to Montreal and then recommenced his involvement in 2016 after his return to Toronto. Since 2016, Les has served as Co-Chair of the Loan Committee and Chair of the Policy and Procedures Committee His other volunteer experience includes serving on the executive and board of a synagogue.
Marra Messinger Executive Director
Marra Messinger has been the Executive Director (ED) of Jewish Free Loan Toronto (JFLT) since July 4, 2014. In less than five years, she has succeeded in raising the profile of the Agency, attracting new supporters, cementing partnerships with other Community organizations and increasing loan numbers. To all of her positions, Marra brings creativity, compassion and professionalism.
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