Fall 2010 Newsletter

  Cheshvan 5771/November 2010

FTJ envisions a world in which Jewish consumers recognize fair trade as an expression of core Jewish values, seek out fair trade Judaica products, and use their purchasing power to support thriving communities of artisans around the world.


Your tax deductible gift helps us provide assistance and support to fair trade artisans around the world, so that they, their families and communities can live with economic and social stability.

New FTJ Website Launched
with More Resources!

Check out Fair Trade Judaica's new website. You'll find:

  • A complete listing of all available fair trade Judaica products and how to purchase them
  • Stories and information about the artisans
  • Comprehensive resource section on fair trade and Judaism
  • Ideas on “Fair trading your Jewish life”
  • Opportunities to share your fair trade stories
  • And more!

Special thanks to Lisa K. Chanoff, April Hodge Silver of Springthistle Design, and Dean MacDonald, without whose support the website would never have happened.

Chanukah Banner

Fair Trade Chanukah

Add special meaning to your Chanukah this year by choosing fair trade products that embody Chanukah's theme of liberation. You can now choose from five different fair trade menorahs (from El Salvador, India, and Mexico), new Chanukah candles from Guatemala, and a new paper cut (papel picado) banner made in Mexico that FTJ designed with Casa Bonampak. There's still time to get your order in for a Fair Trade Chanukah!

Jewish Blessing Flags

Blessing Flag Celebrate your Jewish identity with this beautiful set of Jewish Blessing Flags, designed by Fair Trade Judaica and produced by fair trade artisans in Nepal.  Inspired by traditional Tibetan prayer flags,  these blessing flags embody uniquely Jewish values and design. Read the story behind the flags.

NEW Hand woven Fair Trade Tallitot

TallisFTJ has partnered with MayaWorks, an amazing fair trade organization supporting community development in Guatemala with Mayan women, to produce the first line of fair trade tallitot. Available in two sizes and three color designs (blue, wine/red, and rainbow), each 100% cotton tallit is individually handwoven by Lili Carmen Osario. Also available with matching bag and crocheted kippah.

Hundreds Enjoy First Ever FTJ Fair

“Who knew there were so many beautiful Judaica products made by fair trade artisans around the world?” was one of the most overheard comments at Fair Trade Judaica’s First Annual Fair in Berkeley on October 17.

Attendees were excited to find a range of beautiful and interesting Judaica products, influenced by the local cultures in which they were designed, from beaded mezzuzahs made in Guatemala, to over ten different kippot (crocheted, knitted, sewed, collage of recycled soda cans) from Guatemala, South Africa, and Thailand, to embroidered challah and matzah covers made in Read on...

Meet FTJ at San Francisco Events

Fair Trade Judaica is excited to be participating in two local Chanukah events - Come Join Us!

Tuesday, December 2 - RitLab Special Hanukkah Edition
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco
Admission is free with regular museum admission ($5 after 5:00 pm)

Experience artisanal chocolate-making demonstrations by Sweet Earth Chocolates, sample Fair Trade Hanukkah gelt, compete against Major League Dreidel's 2009 National Champion Johnny Hei'z, and design your own mini-tote to carry your Hanukkah gear. For more information, see the CJM Facebook page. You can also watch the event's promotional video.

Sunday, December 5 - Guilt-Free Gelt: A Fair-Trade Festival of Rights
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Women's Building, 3542 18th Street, San Francisco
Tickets are $10-20 sliding scale

“Where holiday shopping meets Jewish values, because justice lasts longer than 8 nights!” Enjoy an ethical, green and just gift bazaar; sweat free fashion show featuring fair trade Judaica products; Chanukah lighting honoring local social justice activists; DIY/recycled clothing swap, and more. For more information, see the Guilt-free Gelt Facebook page or visit the event's JCCSF web page.

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