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MAY 17, 2017 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM


Please join us for Avodah DC 2017 Partners in Justice as we honor three outstanding social justice leaders, who have worked to change the lives of people affected by injustice.

Partners in Justice is our most visible social event of the year, bringing together Avodah Corps Members, alumni, placement agency representatives and supporters. Guests will enjoy a reception with the honorees, followed by a kosher dinner and inspirational program including music by SongRise. The funds raised at this enchanting event will go a long way to support and further Avodah’s mission.

Event Co-Chairs: Nan Aron, Bernie Arons, David Goldston and Rabbi Esther Lederman

LOCATION: Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW, Washington, D.C.


About Our Honorees:

Debbie Goldman

Avodah is proud to honor Debbie Goldman, a person who has exemplified what it means to be a partner in justice. Debbie has devoted her professional life to building power for working people and strengthening the progressive labor movement. Her commitment to social justice is deeply rooted in and nourished by Jewish values, history, and community. For the past 25 years, Debbie has worked at the Communications Workers of America, a union of 700,000 members. Her work supports collective bargaining, organizing, and the union’s public policy priorities. She is currently Telecommunications Policy Director at CWA, where she advocates on behalf of CWA members for telecommunications policies that promote good jobs and quality, affordable high-speed Internet for all Americans. Debbie is an active member of the Fabrangen Havurah. Avodah was fortunate Debbie agreed to serve on the Avodah National board for nine years (2007-2016).

Fran Goldman

Fran Goldman’s stalwart presence in the progressive social justice movement is an example for all of us, and Avodah is thrilled to be honoring such a resilient Jewish community leader.  Fran’s first job after college was developing a door-to-door fundraising program for an organization working to expand educational and employment opportunities for working women. Since then she’s been in development and served as CFO of several local, national, and international organizations, including the New Israel Fund, the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, Wal-Mart Watch, and the Center for Inspired Teaching. Since starting Frango Financial LLC, a comprehensive, fee-only financial planning firm, Fran continues to contribute her talents and skills to progressive non-profit organizations, including Jews United for Justice, Bend the Arc and Avodah DC. Fran is an active member of the Fabrangen Havurah.

Sarah Beller

Avodah DC is elated to celebrate a graduate of our program, Sarah Beller, for exemplifying Jewish social justice leadership as she continues her journey. Sarah was drawn to Avodah for the chance to dedicate a year to social justice work surrounded by a strong community and support network. She worked at For Love of Children as a math and literacy tutoring program coordinator. Through her work at J Street, Sarah dedicated seven years to educating and mobilizing American Jews around resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Now at HIAS (Formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS is the oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency in the U.S), Sarah is helping to mobilize the Jewish response to the global refugee crisis, one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time — and one that resonates deeply with the Jewish story. In 2009 she co-founded SongRise, a women’s social justice a cappella group, whose mission is to inspire action through song.


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