Social Action

“If I am only for myself, who am I?”

– Hillel, Pirkei Avot, 1:14

Fabrangen makes Community Service and Social Action a central part of our community life.

1.   Fabrangen has signed up to serve as a “first friend” for an Eritrean refugee family that the Ethiopian Community Development Center (ECDC) sponsors.  The father was a high school math teacher in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and 6he and his wife have two small children.  For more information regarding the family and how you can assista, please contact Larry Garber at

2.  On June 6, 2017 Fabrangeners helped lead a candlelight vigil in front of the Capitol to commemorate the anniversary of June 6, 1939, when the MS St. Louis was denied entry into the US and sent back to Europe, with over 900 Jewish refugees on board.   View the  Script for Vigil commemorating the SS St. Louis – HIAS  for the background info and the text of the vigil.  And here is the  Talk by Lydia Kleiner at HIAS rally.   Lydia Kleiner was born in a displaced persons camp in Austria.  She came (aged 4) with her family to the U.S. with the help of HIAS.  

3.  Three members  of Fabrangen were honored at the Avodah Partners in Justice awards dinner : Fran and Debbie Goldman, and Sarah Beller. 

We also volunteer for specific projects such as:

We do this in conjunction with the DC JCC Community Service Department and Jews United for Justice.

If you would like to be part of Fabrangen’s community service program,  please contact Debbie Goldman or Lloyd Wolf at