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1915, 1922-1961 (Creation)
- Kiev Free Loan Association
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The Kiev Free Loan Society, founded in 1914, was a mutual benefit fund and social club for Jewish immigrants from Kiev. Such interest-free or low interest loan organizations originated in Europe and were known as gemilut chasidim. By 1926, 32 of these funds had been created in Winnipeg.
In addition to offering financial aid, the Kiev Free Loan Society also served as a social and athletic club for those who had emigrated from the same city. Organizations of immigrants from particular cities in Europe were also common in Winnipeg and offered lectures, picnics, dinners and dances for members. These groups, known as Landsmanshaften, enabled important social and cultural ties for new immigrants.
The Kiev Free Loan Society was based in the Talmud Torah on Magnus Avenue and had approximately 200 members at its peak in the 1940s. The politics of its members typically aligned with the city’s left-wing, socialist and communist schools and trade unions.
The Kiev Free Loan Society remained active until the 1980s, mostly to manage the health insurance of its remaining members. It officially ceased operation in 1995 when the last $2000 in its possession was donated to the Winnipeg Jewish Foundation.
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