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Pesach 2012 Newsletter
  Nissan 5772/March 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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“Virtual” Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate Bar Now Available!

“Virtual” Fair Trade Kosher for Pesach chocolate barAlthough we can enjoy Fair Trade chocolate for 51 weeks of the year, it’s ironic that during Passover, when we celebrate our journey from slavery into freedom, there is no Fair Trade Kosher for Passover chocolate available this year. FTJ is working hard to make this a reality for Pesach 5773/2013. As a gift for your donation to support this work, you will receive your very own “Virtual” Fair Trade Kosher for Passover chocolate bar that you can place on your Seder plate and draw attention to this issue.

For Your Passover Seder

Fair Trade Your SederAs we celebrate our people’s freedom during Passover, let us remember that others are still enslaved. Fair Trade Judaica has developed several readings that you can add to your Haggadah during your Passover Seder, focusing on the role of trafficked and enforced child labor in the cocoa fields.

And, there are photos of cocoa beans that you can download and place on your Seder plate, symbolizing that slavery is still, unfortunately, a contemporary issue.

Fair Trade Kosher for Passover petition

Fair Trade Your Seder Fair Trade Judaica has collected over 300 signatures so far for our Kosher for Passover Petition Campaign, asking a kosher manufacturer to begin sourcing Fair Trade cocoa products, so we can enjoy child labor-free chocolate next year. Please join us!

Products Now For Sale On-line! Matzah holders, Handwashing Cups and more!

Fair Trade Judaica is now selling beautiful Fair Trade products from South Africa on our website; these products are not available on-line anywhere else. Products purchased by Tuesday, April 3 will arrive before Passover! New products include: Handwashing Cup

“Dark Side of Chocolate” DVD kit available

Cocoa Bean PodsOur new Screening Kit will provide you with everything you need to create an interesting and inspiring program! Organize a screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate”, a moving documentary on the role of child labor on the cocoa fields in the Ivory Coast, followed by a Fair Trade chocolate tasting. The program brings alive our Passover theme of liberation, and inspires people to choose fair trade chocolate as an alternative. The packet ($18.00 + postage) includes:

  • A copy of the DVD
  • A comprehensive guide for planning the event
  • Informational handouts
  • Jewish text resources, including materials for Passover Seder
  • A “virtual” Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate Bar OR a photo  of cocoa beans to use on your Seder plate
  • Contact information for ordering Fair Trade Kosher chocolate.

News from the Fair Trade World

Have a Heart HersheyAs a follow-up to Fair Trade USA’s resignation from the global Fair Trade certifying organization, Fairtrade International has decided to create a legal presence in the U.S., using its Fairtrade Mark that is standard around the world. Read more on our blog.

Decorate your Seder with Jewish Blessing Flags

Blessing FlagCelebrate the holiday of freedom and liberation with Fair Trade Judaica’s beautiful and inspiring Jewish Blessing Flags! We have just received a new shipment from Nepal. Give the gift of blessings to someone you care about. Designed by Fair Trade Judaica, the banner is composed of seven individual flags, each reflecting a key Jewish value.

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