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Spring 2011 Newsletter

  Nissan 5771/April 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.

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Passover Haggadah Supplement: Bean of Affliction – Chocolate & Child Labor

Child LaborThousands of children in West Africa, often trafficked and without choice, work hard to bring us our favorite chocolate treats.  They spend long hours, working in hazardous conditions, not going to school, and losing their childhoods.

This Passover, let’s tell their story and choose to buy Fair Trade Chocolate as an alternative.

Use this Haggadah supplement, provided by Global Exchange, at your seder.

There are many other on-line resources at our "Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor & Choosing Fair Trade" campaign.  Fair Trade Judaica is also launching a new initiative, "Next Year - Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate" to encourage Kosher manufacturers to source Fair Trade cocoa beans for Passover products.  Please join us!

Interested in Hosting a Fair Trade Kosher Chocolate Evening?

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

Programs can include a DVD of “The Dark Side of Chocolate” (a documentary about children working in the cocoa fields in West Africa), discussion guides, fair trade Kosher chocolate tastings, and educational materials.  FTJ has received a Fair Trade Promotion Grant from Equal Exchange to help subsidize the cost of purchasing the DVD and fair trade chocolate samples for events.

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

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 Jewish Cards

Wedding CardA new line of beautifully handmade wedding and Bar/Bat Mitzvah cards has been developed by World Shoppe with artisans in South Africa. A portion of all sales proceeds is donated to a scholarship fund that benefits a school in the Western Cape province.

Their new Wedding card is now available on-line.

How Fair Trade Responds to Rising Cotton Costs

Blog: Rising CostsWhile the economy in the U.S. appears to be improving in many areas, we have also become aware of price increases for many basic products – coffee, oil, and cotton are a few examples.

Learn how MayaWorks, a fair trade organization who makes beautiful kippot (yarmulkes), tallises, and many other Judaica products, is responding to this crisis - read our blog post written by Naomi Czerwinskyj.

UpStart Fair Trade Judaica is a beneficiary of UpStart Bay Area.   Fair Trade Judaica is a project of Community Partners/Jumpstart.
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