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June 2012 Newsletter
  Sivan-Tammuz 5772/June 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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Your tax deductible gift helps us provide assistance and support to fair trade artisans around the world, so that they, their families and communities can live with economic and social stability.


Women’s Crocheted and Beaded Kippot now Available for Sale On line

Crocheted and Beaded KippotFair Trade Judaica is proud to be able to sell these exquisitely crocheted and beaded kippot for women designed by Dunitz & Co. and made in Guatemala by fair trade artisans. You can choose from a variety of styles and colors. These kippot are only available at our secure on-line store.


Read Jesse's ReportFair Trade Judaica is excited to bring you this guest blog by Jesse Noily, 12 years old of Oakland, CA. He was introduced to our “Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor, and Choosing Fair Trade” campaign at a friend’s Passover Seder. He decided to focus on this issue for a year-end report at school. After watching “The Dark Side of Chocolate” DVD and visiting a local fair trade chocolate company, he wrote this report and made a video (Coming soon!). You can read Jesse's report on our website.

San Francisco Bay Area 6/10/12
 – Israel in the Gardens Fair -

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come visit us on Sunday, June 10 at Israel in the Gardens. We have lots of new products, available for the first time! You’ll find:

  • Painted glass hamsah sun catcher
  • Painted glass mizrach
  • Copper wire candlesticks
  • New line of crocheted and beaded women’s kippot
  • Beaded Tzedakah box
  • Copper wire hand washing cup
  • Beaded matzhah box (for Pesach next year!)

AND, if you have an extra hour to spare, we could use an extra hand or two! Let us know: ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

New Weavers Making Tallit

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Thanks to everyone who has purchased a MayaWorks’ Fair Trade tallit in the last two years, the demand has exceeded the ability of Lilli Carmen Osario from Comalpa, who has been the first and only weaver of this beautiful tallit. She was honored to travel to another village in the Guatemalan Highlands and train five new women in the intricate design and weaving process.

You can read The Story Behind MayaWorks’ New Purple Tallit on our website.

FTJ Accepted as Fair Trade Federation Member!

Fair Trade FederationFair Trade Judaica is excited to be accepted as the newest member of the Fair Trade Federation, the US based trade association of fair trade made handicrafts from around the world. Their vision “is a just and sustainable global economic system where purchasing and production choices are made with concern for the well-being of people and the environment, creating a world where all people have viable economic options to meet their own needs. They seek to alleviate poverty by continually and significantly expanding the practice of trade that values the labor and dignity of all people.

Seeking Volunteers

Help us grow the fair trade movement in the Jewish community! We would love to have someone with expertise in social media, especially Pinterest to help get the word out. If you’re interested, please contact ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

Jewish Blessing Flags

FTJ's Jewish Blessing FlagsCelebrate your values and decorate your home 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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