Gregg Rubenstein became a donor to Hebrew Free Loan when he was only 28 years old. And the more he learned about the organization, the more he wanted to give.

Gregg loved the idea of community members supporting each other through interest-free lending, as an alternative to taking advantage of others by charging high interest rates. As he began to meet loan recipients and hear the stories about what our loans can make possible, he became even more enthusiastic.

“It was eye-opening to see the impact of these loans on people’s lives. An interest-free loan to start a business or get through a period of unemployment — that’s an opportunity you just don’t get in the private marketplace.”

It felt only natural to Gregg and his wife Sara (pictured above with their daughters) to join our Legacy Society as well. Hebrew Free Loan’s long history in our community is deeply meaningful to them, and they want it to be here for their children and their children’s children.

“Hebrew Free Loan has been a part of the Jewish landscape for 123 years, and we want to help make sure it’s here in another 123 years. Including the organization in our estate plan is a way to provide for the future of our entire community.”

Gregg started thinking seriously about Jewish values like tzedakah — charity or justice — when he was in college. Once he graduated and got a job, it was important to him to give tzedakah every year.

“Few though my resources were in those days, I wanted to use them consciously to do my part to create a more just world.”

We encourage you to consider joining the Legacy Society too. Let us know that you intend to include Hebrew Free Loan in your estate plan, so we can recognize your generosity during your lifetime. For more information, contact Jamie Hyams, Development Director, at or (415) 546-9902 x106.

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