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Pesach 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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Bean of Affliction –
Chocolate & Child Labor

Child LaborThese in-between days of Passover are a fitting time to reflect (and do something) about others whose lives are still enslaved. Thousands 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.

One alternative is to choose Fair Trade chocolate, grown with standards prohibiting child labor.

While many chocolate companies have taken steps to trace their cocoa purchasing and implement labor rights standards among their suppliers, the Hershey Company lags behind its competitors. Hershey has no policies in place to trace its cocoa and protect workers. This Passover, let Hershey know that you want them to begin buying Fair Trade cocoa beans:

Next Year: Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate!

Cocoa Bean PodsIt’s ironic that for 357 days every year, we can find Fair Trade Kosher chocolate, but there is no Fair Trade Kosher for Passover chocolate available! Please join Fair Trade Judaica as we launch a new initiative, "Next Year - Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate" to encourage Kosher manufacturers to source Fair Trade cocoa beans for Passover products.

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.

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