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 ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

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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

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

Enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of Guatemala


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

Sunday, 2/9: Farewell breakfast and shuttles to airport

The cost of the tour (double occupancy) is $1,850 per person. Pricing includes:

Pricing does not include airfare, personal expenses, and alcoholic beverages. Single room supplement is $350.

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

Visit with Guatemalan Jewish Community

A Weaver’s Reflections on the Trip

FTJ’s Chief Technology Maven’s Reflections on the Trip