High Holidays Tzedakah

Giving tzedakah (charitable donations) is a long-standing Jewish custom at the High Holidays.  Every year, Fabrangen selects several charitable organizations that we recommend for your holiday giving.  Combining your tzedakah and your donation to Fabrangen in one check is convenient for you, and bundling the donations increases our impact on the recipient organizations.

You may download this – High Holiday contribution-form

a) send your check payable to ‘Fabrangen’ and the form in the mail to:   Fabrangen, 7750 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20012.

b) or go to our website –  www.fabrangen.org to make a payment via PayPal.

The following are the organizations selected for 2016/5777.   

HIAS – THE HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY

Once we helped them because they were Jewish – now we help them because we are Jewish.

          Founded in 1881 to help Jews fleeing pogroms, HIAS now works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities.  HIAS works on multiple fronts to protect Syrian refugees, providing urgent legal services, supporting resettlement in the U.S. and other safe havens, and galvanizing the U.S. government to increase support during this humanitarian crisis.  HIAS also works with refugees in Greece, Turkey, and Egypt.  HIAS plays a key role in refugee resettlement in the U.S., focusing on the most vulnerable:  women heads of households, orphaned and separated children, who are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation, and persecuted LGBT people. 

RADCLIFFE ROOM MINISTRY TO THE HOMELESS AT THE NEW YORK AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

In honor of Fabrangen’s 30th year holding High Holiday service at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, we have included this signature ministry of the church among our suggested tzedakah recipients.  For over three decades, the Board of Deacons of the church has invited men and women living in the streets and shelters to a Sunday morning coffee hour in the Radcliffe Room, the hall below the church sanctuary.  The Radcliffe Room is cool in the summer, warm and dry in the winter.  Pilgrims from the streets are also welcome to use the church restrooms throughout the week.  The Radcliffe Room also maintains a clothing room, where men and women from the streets can choose not only what they need, but what they want.

 THE PARENTS CIRCLE – FAMILY FORUM  

  If they can choose peace, anyone can choose peace. 

The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict.  The activities of PCFF have shown that reconciliation between in-dividuals and nations is possible, and is the key to achieving a sustainable peace.  Dialogue meetings, held with students and adults, Palestinians and Israelis, are the most important daily work of the organization, reaching over 25,000 students annually.  The Personal Narratives program aims at building trust, empathy, and mutual understanding between Israelis and Palestinians. serving as a cornerstone towards reconciliation and conflict mitigation.  The PCFF Facebook community acts to create a “crack” in the proverbial and literal wall that stands between Palestinians and Israelis, providing an unprecedented social network opportunity for them to connect.

MONTGOMERY HOUSING PARTNERSHIP — FOR VICTIMS OF THE LONG BRANCH FIRE

The Montgomery Housing Partnership has provided exceptional community leadership in the wake of the Long Branch fire, in which a gas leak killed 7 and left 55 families displaced.  As part of its mission to house people, empower families, and strengthen neighborhoods, the Montgomery Housing Partnership collected and distributed funds donated to help the victims of the fire, and continues to provide affordable housing in Montgomery County, develop and support community life programs to improve the quality of life and opportunities for local residents, and work with concerned citizens and businesses, public officials, and community organizations to build strong, vital neighborhoods.


Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective

In addition, you can also select from a variety of organizations through the Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective.

The Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective was established in 1975 as an independent forum to democratically involve members in the selection and distribution of funds to charitable organizations. The group meets periodically to study and research recipient groups to which members can allocate their own funds as they choose.   Since its inception, the impact of the Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective has been substantial, with over 70 semi-annual allocations, for a total of over $2 million.

Your contributions to the Tzedakah Collective during the High Holidays are an important addition to our giving.  If you have made the decision to donate through the Tzedakah Collective, please indicate your donation preferences on the Allocation Form and send it to us with a check to Debbie Goldman, Treasurer, 4530 38th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016, or email it to Debbie Goldman at  socialaction@fabrangen.com.   You can donate online through the Fabrangen Pay Pal account.  Using email to communicate with us greatly reduces our administrative and paper burdens, which we greatly appreciate.

We appreciate your support, and invite you to join us during the year as we continue to research potential new groups and review the work of current recipient organizations.  Thank you for your interest in the Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective.