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.   Project Hope is a Fabrangen tzedakah project that since 1988 has offered direct service to families in Washington, D.C., empowering families and individuals to maintain permanent residences, and expand job and educational opportunities.

2. Fabrangen has signed up to serve as a “first friend” for an Eritrean refugee family that the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) sponsors.  The father was a high school math teacher in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and he and his wife have two small children.  At present, Fabrangen members are providing driving lessons and job counseling to the father and English lessons to the mother, ensuring that the older son is ready for the new school and exploring pre-school opportunities for the daughter. For more information regarding the family and how you can assist, please contact Larry Garber at lagarber@gmail.com.

3.  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.  

4. For several years, in conjunction with the DC JCC Community Service Department and Jews United for Justice, Fabrangen has volunteered through the December 25 Day of Service. We serve meals and provide entertainment at the Father McKenna Center for homeless men. This allows the regular staff to spend Christmas Day with their families.

Mazel tov to Fabrangen members Fran Goldman and Debbie Goldman, were honored at the Avodah Partners in Justice awards dinner along with former Avodahnik Sarah Beller for their service to Avodah. 

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