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Fall 2009 Newsletter
Exciting News about FTJ
Fair Trade Judaica has had a very busy autumn!
  • We have become the wholesale representative in the U.S. for African Home, a fair trade organization in South Africa. They make Judaica products using traditional African folk art techniques, including kippot made from recycled soda pop cans, a variety of menorahs, bead and wood mezuzot, and bead and wire hand washing cups. After December 15th, retailers and individuals interested in ordering large quantities can contact us to place an order.
  • If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, please visit our table and see many of our fair trade Judaica products being modeled at Progressive Jewish Alliance's Rags to Righteousness Sweatfree Fashion Show on November 8.
Celebrate a "Fair Trade" Chanukah!
Chanukah is coming early this year (December 11th), and there are more "fair trade" ways to celebrate it than ever before.
Add sweetness to your holiday celebration with fair trade Kosher Chanukah gelt from Divine Chocolate. These milk chocolate coins are produced by a cooperative of cocoa farmers in Ghana, ensuring that workers are paid fairly and that no child labor is involved. Fair Trade Judaica - Chocolate coins
Fair Trade Judaica - Caravan Menorah Celebrate the lights of Chanukah with a choice of menorahs produced by artisans in India and offered through Ten Thousand Villages. This brass camel menorah has candleholders on top and bells on the sides. Also available is a unique menorah fashioned from recycled bicycle chains.
New Products Now Available
We are excited to announce that a beautiful new 100% cotton handwoven tallit from MayaWorks will be available for order in January. It is woven by women in the highlands of Guatemala, measuring 72" long and available in 22" and 36" wide. Fair Trade Judaica - Tallit
Fair Trade Judaica - brass menorah This small menorah, an ancient symbol of Judaism, is handcrafted of brass. Reflecting the rich diversity of handicraft traditions in India, it is made available through SERRV, one of the oldest fair trade organizations.
Beautiful banners to celebrate Chanukah, Simchas, and Everyday Life Coming in 2010!
Fair Trade Judaica is collaborating with Casa Bonampak in San Francisco in the design of three new Judaica banners, using the Mexican papel picado (paper cut) folk art tradition. A festive Mazel Tov banner will brighten up any Simcha gathering that you might be planning. Another banner in pleasing shades of blues and purples, featuring cut outs of hamsas, will add a spiritual dimension to any room. The new silver and blue metallic Chanukah banner will bring sparkle to the holiday with flags featuring a menorah, a dreidel, and a pitcher of oil.
A Personal Note
We will be travelling and looking for new fair trade products from November 1st until December 14th. We will have intermittant access to e-mail while we're gone; please be patient if you don't receive a prompt response from us. Thanks for your understanding.
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