“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.
If you would like to be part of Fabrangen’s social action program, please contact Debbie Goldman or Lloyd Wolf at email@example.com.
16th Street Vigil Against Racism
Fabrangen members are joining with other faith communities on 16th Street every Friday to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matters movement in front of the Washington Ethical Society Building. Check the event calendar for timing, as the time changes with the season.
Fabrangen is working with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) to provide support for refugees families. Since April, Fabrangen members have been helping a newly arrived Eritrean refugee family learn English, and assisting the three daughters (ages 18, 16, 12) by securing computers and Wifi, helping them to develop technical expertise and getting what they need in order to participate in their online high school and middle school classes. The girls are very interested in pursuing their education: one daughter wants to become a doctor and another is particularly interested in math.
For several years, in conjunction with the EDCJCC 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. More photos . . .
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. A few highlights from one of the original families who we continue to support:
- One of the young women, who has been (for many years) and continues to be a low-income earner, has been homeless this year. In September, she will settle into her own apartment.
- Transportation to and from work and to one child’s school and to the other child’s daycare continues to be a challenge. Both money and time are in short supply.
- Another young woman is working towards buying her own home. She works two jobs towards achieving her goal.
- The oldest of the next generation proudly graduated Wilson High School in June 2018.