Fabrangen Cheder operates the Fabrangen Cheder School, a parent- taught cooperative located in suburban Washington, DC. We explore, celebrate, and transmit to our children Jewish insight and a sense of Jewish belonging. Historically, the Fabrangen Cheder School met in the homes of members. In some years when the community could not be accommodated in a single home, two neighboring houses were used. In 2002, when the size of th e Cheder School surpassed the capacity of members’ homes, Cheder took residence at the Friends Community School in College Park. Since the fall of 2005 Fabrangen Cheder School has rented space at the Silver Spring Jewish Center in Wheaton, Maryland. In 2006 the Fabrangen Cheder Community was incorporated in the state of Maryland.
The Fabrangen Cheder Community (from farbrangen "bringing together in joy") is a vibrant, progressive Jewish community of about 25 households, many of which are interfaith or multiracial. The community celebrates and makes music together, works on social justice projects, and sponsors a Hebrew and Jewish education school. Founded in the 1970’s by some members of the Washington D.C. Fabrangen Havurah, the Fabrangen Cheder School was designed to be an alternative to “drop-off” Sunday school. Over the years, as members’ children got older, the group included more opportunities for adult members to come together to consider, explore, and celebrate their Jewishness. Fabrangen Cheder’s membership reflects a variety of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices (and lack thereof), often referring to itself as “Reconformodox.”