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Sunday, September 1 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Interest Free Loans as a Jewish Imperative: Halachic Basis, Practice and History of Interest Free Loans

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Jewish interest-free loan funds have an Atlanta history essentially as long as Jews have been in Atlanta.

Jewish immigrants to Atlanta in the late 19th and early 20th centuries made their livelihoods largely as merchants and through small-business enterprises. For these Jewish new immigrants, access to capital from banks was virtually non-existent and bankers were unwilling to make loans to recently arrived immigrants who generally lacked collateral, in part due to anti-Semitism.  As a result, Jewish free loan societies were created.

The history of Jewish free loan associations in Atlanta and generally in Jewish history will be briefly explored and the Torah and Talmudic basis and practice of such institutions will be discussed.  The value of such institutions as an integral part of the social and economic safety net of a Jewish community will be presented along with an introduction to the major Jewish free loans now operating in our region.

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Mort Barr

President, Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta
Dr. Morton Barr, President and Chairman of the Board, Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta. Dr. Barr is a former Executive Director of Congregation Beth Jacob and has been an active member of Jewish communities for over 25 years, serving as president of two synagogues and Chairman of NCSY’s Lay Youth Commission in New Jersey. He is retired from Colgate Palmolive as Director of Technology where he directed consumer product research and was... Read More →

Sunday September 1, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Mountainside Dining