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January 2012 Newsletter
  Tevet 5772/January 2012
 

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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Thank you to everyone who made year-end donations! Your generosity is helping Fair Trade Judaica build the Jewish fair trade movement, bringing dignity and self-sufficiency to artisans and farmers around the world. If you haven’t yet made a donation, we’d appreciate your support.

Fair Trade Judaica Trip
to Guatemala!

Tu B'shvatThere are a few slots available for our inaugural trip to Guatemala, March 2-11, 2012! We will spend Erev Shabbat with the Jewish community in Guatemala City, visit with six artisan groups which make Judaica products, including beaded mezzuzot, handwoven tallises, and crocheted kippahs, as well as major cultural and historical sites. Amazing opportunity to meet with Mayan artisans. Reservations required by February 1. For more info, ilana@fairtradejudaica.org

Fair Trade Fruits for Tu B'shvat

Tu B'shvatTu B’shvat, the New Year for Trees is coming right up on Tuesday, February 7. It’s an ancient holiday, whose original purpose was to calculate the age of trees for tithing. Many communities celebrate by holding Tu B’shvat seders, eating a variety of fruits and nuts and appreciating the connection to life.

There are a few fruits that are currently available from Fair Trade farmers:

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. Grogger
Grogger The mitzvah of giving Mishloach Manot (literally, "sending of portions") comes from the Book of Esther. It is meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast held later in the day, and to increase love and friendship. Gan Shalom, a Jewish preschool in Oakland, CA is putting together Kosher, organic, fair trade, and sustainably grown mishloach manot that can be sent anywhere in the U.S. Includes Fair Trade chocolate, coffee, tea, and dried fruit.

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.

12 Fair Trade Resolutions for the
New Year

12 Fair Trade ResolutionsGiven that my New Year always begins on Rosh Hashanah, I don’t often pay a lot of attention to the December 31-January 1 transition, but this blog from Fair Trade Vancouver identifies simple things each of us can do to strengthen fair trade, and support the farmers and artisans. I’ve made a few edits so that the piece is applicable to those of us living outside of Vancouver. And, don’t forget to think “Fair Trade” when you’re buying Judaica products!- read our blog post written by Bryce from Fair Trade Vancouver.

Fair Trade Calendar 50% Off

The 2012 Fair Trade Calendar is now available for $4.95, a 50% discount. The beautiful calendar features photos of fair trade farmers and artisans around the world as well as information about fair trade. Here’s a link to a PDF version if you’d like to review it; click here to purchase a calendar.

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

Blessing FlagA new shipment of our Jewish Blessing Flags has arrived from Nepal. This unique set of flags will bring beauty and blessing to your home, classroom, synagogue, or sukkah. Designed by Fair Trade Judaica, the banner is composed of seven individual flags, each reflecting a key Jewish value; its color and design is inspired by ancient Jewish tradition.

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