2014 Guatemala Trip
Come join Fair Trade Judaica’s second Trip to Guatemala. This is a unique opportunity to meet the local Jewish community in Guatemala City, visit with the Fair Trade artisans who make beautifully unique Judaica products, and visit major cultural and historical sites. You’ll come away with a deep appreciation and understanding of Mayan life in Guatemala today, and how Fair Trade provides an opportunity for artisan and farmer communities to pull themselves out of a cycle of poverty.
The trip is being coordinated with MayaWorks and Mayan Hands, two longstanding Fair Trade groups who work with Mayan artisans, and organize their own tours. FOR MORE INFO, contact Ilana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trip highlights include
Shabbat meal and services with the Jewish community in Guatemala City
Visit with eight different artisan communities, providing an opportunity to meet with them personally and watch them engage in their traditional arts. Judaica products made by these artisans include
- Beaded and brocade mezzuzahs
- Handwoven tallises and tallit bags, challah and matzah covers
- Crocheted kippahs
- Pine needle challah trays
Visit the famous Chichicastenango Market and Iximche archeological site
Spend a full day at beautiful Lake Atitlan and surroundings
Why You Should Join Us!
A unique opportunity to spend Shabbat with the Jewish community in Guatemala City; sing Shabbat prayers with their melodies, taste local delicacies, hear about Jewish life in Guatemala
Experience firsthand fair trade’s positive impact on the artisans and their communities
Learn how to use a backstrap loom and other craft skills
You will be able to buy beautifully handcrafted products directly from the artisans, knowing that your purchases are making a real difference in their lives
Friday, 1/31: Arrive in Guatemala City; Erev Shabbat, stay at Crowne Plaza
Saturday 2/1: Visit Textile Museum in Guatemala City; visit with matzah cover weavers in Chiriquiac; overnite at Hotel Modelo in Quetzaltenango
Sunday, 2/2: Visit ikat weavers and dyers; transfer to Lake Atitlan. Overnight at Lake Atitlan
Monday, 2/3: Visit mezuzot brocade and beading weaving groups and kippot crocheters. Overnight in Lake Atitlan.
Tuesday 2/4: Visit Iximche ruins and learn about Mayan Creation Story. Visit basket weavers. Overnight in Tecpan.
Wednesday 2/5: Visit tallit and challah cover weavers; overnight in Tecpan
Thursday: 2/6: Visit Chichicastenango Market; afternoon and overnight in Antigua
Friday, 2/7: Tour Antigua city and coffee farm; transfer to Guatemala City and spend Erev Shabbat with Orthodox Jewish community
Saturday, 2/8: Spend Shabbat morning and Kiddush with Adat Israel (Reform congregation); afternoon tour of Guatemala City
The cost of the tour (double occupancy) is $1,850 per person. Pricing includes:
- All meals
- Full time bilingual tour guide with the group plus at least one Mayan Hands and one MayaWorks staffer at all times
- Admissions to Guatemala City, Antigua and Iximché visits
- All ground and boat transfers
- All hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
- $250 tax deductible donation to support the artisans
Comments on our 2013 Trip
“I had the pleasure of going on Fair Trade Judaica’s first trip to Guatemala, where I learned a lot about Guatemala and fabrics about which I knew little or nothing, met great people and had fun. The staff and planning were excellent and their relationships with the Mayan craftspeople we visited added depth to the trip and gave it a dimension that would be not available on a regular tour. The experience was even better than I had anticipated. ” – Ann Eisenberg
“I was most impressed with the extensive trip preparations make by the two Fair Trade Organization representatives, and also with the effort they put in all day explaining things to us. For a “maiden voyage” the advance arrangements and logistics worked out extremely well. People can expect the experience to get even better on future trips as experience accumulates.” – Gary Houseknecht
Stories and Pictures from our 2013 Trip
Slideshow and Report