Groups Related to Fabrangen

Over the years, Fabrangen members started a variety of endeavors that have developed into independent entities.

Fabrangen Fiddlers

Fabrangen FiddlersThe Fabrangen Fiddlers, Washington DC’s original Jewish folk band, was founded in 1971 by Fabrangen member David Shneyer (guitar) and Alan Oresky (violin), along with Frank Sparber (clarinet).  Ken Giles was also an early member.  The group started by creating Jewish liturgical music for Fabrangen, but soon included all Jewish folk music and simcha music.  Members of the group, including Theo Stone, and Larry Robinson continue to play Jewish folk and klezmer music throughout the region, but the band mainly performs in concert now.

Fabrangen Cheder

The Fabrangen Cheder was co-founded as a school and community by Arthur Waskow and Nessa Spitzer in 1973 in order to provide an alternative form of Jewish education for their children.  Over the years, the Fabrangen Cheder has held a Shabbat Mincha Group, a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group, a monthly Mensch Club, and High Holiday services.  Today, the Fabrangen Cheder continues as a parent-taught cooperative Jewish cultural school that meets regularly in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Jewish Folk Arts Festival

The Jewish Folks Arts Society was co-founded in 1973 by David Shneyer, Stu Copans, and Sue Roemer.  The first Jewish Folk Arts Festival, co-sponsored by Fabrangen, was held in 1977.  The Festival has provided a unique opportunity to bring together local talent for the community.  Am Kolel now sponsors the Festival, with the active participation of many members of Fabrangen. The festival is a bi-annual event; the next festival is scheduled for the Spring of 2017.

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  Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective, c/o Goldman, Treasurer, 4530 38th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Thank you for your interest in the Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective.

For more information, contact Debbie Goldman at

Jewish Study Center

Jewish Study Center LogoFounded in 1978, the Jewish Study Center (JSC) is an independent non-profit institute of adult Jewish education in the Washington DC area.  The JSC offers classes in religion, Bible, arts & culture, language, ethics, history, and philosophy at multiple venues and has revitalized adult Jewish education in the area.  Many Fabrangeners have participated in the JSC in many ways – as founders, Board members, teachers, students, and supporters.