Our goal is to loan money, interest free, to any Jewish person from Western New York in need of temporary aid. The money is lent in a manner to
preserve the dignity and privacy of the borrower.
Our mission is inspired by a mandate found in
the Torah, the Hebrew Bible. "If you lend money to My people, to the poor who is in your power, do not act toward him as a creditor, exact no interest from him." [Exodus 22:24]
Buffalo's Hebrew Benevolent Loan association (HBLA) was first founded in 1897, when Buffalo
was flooded with Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe, many fleeing pogroms. They came to America to follow their relatives, who were also struggling for existence. The newly-arrived
immigrants did not want charity. They wanted only to become self-sufficient. For more than 100 years, the HBLA has been a source of support to help in time of financial stress.