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Fall 2011 Newsletter

  Cheshvan 5772/November 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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Teaching Fair Trade Principles and
Human Rights with Jewish Sources

Fair Trade Judaica is honored to have been asked by Rabbis for Human Rights to prepare "Teaching Fair Trade Principles and Masekhet Zechuyot Ha'Adam: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Jewish Sources" as part of their 2011 Human Rights Shabbat campaign on December 9-10. Here's a link to the study piece: Fair Trade and Human Rights (PDF) . For more resources on Rabbis’ for Human Rights’ 2011 Shabbat program, go to their Human Rights Shabbat page.

NEW Fair Trade Judaica Products

Mayan Hands has just released two beautiful new Judaica products made in Guatemala: Welcome people to your home with this beautiful fabric and leather mezzuzah, and carry your favorite prayer with you in these unique new prayer holders.

fabric and leather mezzuzah prayer holders

 
This colorful bead and Star of David necklace, also made in Guatemala by Upavim Crafts, makes a great gift! Available in multi-color or blue and white, with matching earrings available separately. beaded Star of David necklace

2nd Annual Fair Trade Judaica Fair
in San Francisco!

FTJ FairCome join us on Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the JCCSF. There will be over 50 fair trade made Judaica products from countries all around the world, including Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Mexico, South Africa. Products include menorahs, Kosher Chanukah gelt, challah covers, mezzuzahs, kipppahs, tallises, decorative banners, jewelry and much more.

This year, we will also have speakers, arts and crafts activities, and advocacy actions you can take to promote fair trade. For more information, visit our web site.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help – even an hour of your time will be appreciated. Please contact ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

BIG News in the Fair Trade Movement

Fair Trade USA (FTUSA, formerly Transfair) announced earlier this fall that it is resigning its membership in Fairtrade International (FLO), the international fair trade certification organization. FTUSA, the dominant certifier in the U.S. market has been a key member of the FLO since 1998 when it was founded; its certifiying label is widely recognized on fair trade products in the U.S. It has launched a new initiative, Fair for All, which expands fair trade certification to coffee laborers on plantations.

You can read the whole story on our web site.

FTJ’s Blessing Flags “Blowin in the Wind” and in Sukkahs!

Thanks so much to Cantor Marc, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Pam, Rachel, Sonia, and UpStart Bay Area for sending us photos of our Jewish Blessing Flags in your sukkah or backyard! See the live slideshow on our website.

Send in your photos and we’ll be happy to add them! A new shipment of Blessing Flags is due to arrive from Nepal by the end of November: order yours now!

FTJ Goes National at the 2011
Federation GA!

FTJ at the 2011 Federation GAHere’s a photo of us just before crowds of GA participants came to check out (and buy!) the fabulous assortment of fair trade made Judaica products that we brought to share. We met hundreds of people who resonated with our mission to build a fair trade Jewish movement, and we’re looking forward to future collaborations with synagogues, Hillels, and Jewish Federations around the country. Let us know if you’d like to organize a program with Fair Trade Judaica, ilana@fairtradejudaica.org

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