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Winter 2011 Newsletter

  Adar 5771/March 2011

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.


FTJ’s Jewish Blessing Flags Now Available for On-line Purchase

Blessing FlagThis unique set of flags will bring beauty and blessing to your home, classroom, synagogue, or sukkah. Designed by Fair Trade Judaica and produced by fair trade artisans in Nepal, the banner is comprised of seven individual flags, each reflecting a key Jewish value; its color and design is inspired by ancient Jewish tradition.


Fair Trade Purim

Say NO to Haman this Purim with the first ever fair trade grogger! Handcrafted from hale wood in India, this beautifully painted grogger will add a festive sound to the reading of the Megillah.

And, if you follow the "Ad lo Yada" tradition of Purim (not being able to distinguish between 'cursed be Haman' and 'blessed be Mordecai', vodka made from fair trade quinoa may be your drink of choice! If you live near San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest, or New York, you can find it in bars, restaurants and local retailers; otherwise you can find it at Fairtrade Spirits on-line.

Hand Embroidered Matzah Covers

Matzah CoverThere are only a few left of these beautiful hand embroidered matzah covers from Guatemala!

These original 3-pocket matzah covers feature native-art hand embroidered scenes from the Passover story, including Moses before the Burning Bush, Moses and the Tablets, Moses drawing water from the rock.Can be purchased on-line at the Mayan Hands web site.

Interested in Hosting a Fair Trade Kosher Chocolate Evening?

Fair Trade Judaica is working with synagogues and other Jewish organizations around the U.S. to host a series of events in early-mid April, linking child labor in the cocoa fields with our Passover theme of liberation, and inspiring people to choose fair trade chocolate as an alternative.

Fair Trade Judaica will provide a DVD of "The Dark Side of Chocolate" (a documentary about children working in the cocoa fields in West Africa), discussion guides, educational materials and a Haggadah supplement to use at your home or organizational seder. We are also working on a grant to support fair trade Kosher chocolate tastings.

For more information, contact Ilana at ilana@fairtradejudaica.org or 510.926.2056.

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