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 and Sue Roemer were also early members.  The group started by creating Jewish liturgical music for Fabrangen, but soon included all Jewish folk music and simcha music. 

The initial line-up of the group featured David Shneyer on vocals, guitar, and harmonica; Alan Oresky on violin and mandolin; and Frank Sparber on clarinet. Sue Roemer joined the group in 1973 and was featured on vocals, piano and guitar. In 1975, Theo Stone joined and was featured on stand-up bass, electric bass guitar, and sitar. Larry Robinson joined in 1978 and was featured on banjo, guitar and bousouki.

Farbrangen Cheder – now 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 Cheder continues as a parent-taught cooperative Jewish cultural school that meets regularly in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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
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.

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