Philanthropy for the Masses: The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Montreal

The Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) was founded in 1911 by Zigmund Fineberg, a Polish-born businessman. Motivated by the unprecedented wave of immigration between 1905-1913, the association’s goal was to help the most disadvantaged by enabling them to obtain interest-free loans. Based on the Jewish religious precept of “Gemiluth Chasodim” (acts of loving kindness), the HFLA sought to replace charity with loans that would allow beneficiaries to retain their dignity and honour. Serving as a tribute [...]



YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre

by Kate I recently had the chance to research the YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre for our boys in WWII. Run by young hostesses, this Centre provided entertainment like dances and splash parties for servicemen in need of a little distraction. I came across some newspaper clippings in the YM-YWHA archival collection that profiled a particularly unique outing offered by the ladies. In the summer of 1944, over 90 Canadian veterans returned home after fighting in Italy [...]

This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library. This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library.

One of the true treasures of the Library has always been its Children’s library. Through there wasn’t a formal space dedicated to children in the Library until 1951, children’s books were always present. In 1919 made up 10% of the Library’s overall collection. Today, the Norman Berman Children’s Library boasts over 30,000 titles. A long cherished program of the Children’s library has been Storytime. Running consistently through many of the years that the JPL has been open, the program [...]

Philanthropy for the Masses: The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Montreal Philanthropy for the Masses: The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Montreal

The Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) was founded in 1911 by Zigmund Fineberg, a Polish-born businessman. Motivated by the unprecedented wave of immigration between 1905-1913, the association’s goal was to help the most disadvantaged by enabling them to obtain interest-free loans. Based on the Jewish religious precept of “Gemiluth Chasodim” (acts of loving kindness), the HFLA sought to replace charity with loans that would allow beneficiaries to retain their dignity and honour. Serving as a tribute [...]