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July 2012 Newsletter
  Tammuz 5772/July 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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NEW Products

Buy Copper Wire CandlesticksCelebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays (even a weekday dinner!) while you support artisans in South Africa who made these beautiful 9 inch tall copper wire candlesticks. They too are on a journey, bringing their families out of the darkness of poverty into a brighter future. The product is available for purchase at our secure on-line store
Buy Beaded Tzedakah BoxYou’re engaging in a double mitzvah by using this Fair Trade made beaded box for your Tzedakah money! David Manando, the Zimbabwean artisan who made this hand beaded box, currently lives in South African and sends his hard earned money back home to support his extended family. The product is available for purchase at our secure on-line store

Summertime S’mores

Fair Trade chocolate choices

Summer is finally here! And, what better way to enjoy it than with deliciously sweet and gooey s’mores. This year, there are more Fair Trade chocolate choices than ever before! We learned about Tcho (an artisanal chocolate maker in San Francisco); Equal Exchange just began distributing milk chocolate minis, and Trader Joe’s finally has a real Fair Trade bar (IMO Fair for Life certification) made with Belgian chocolate, in both milk and dark selections. A full list of Fair Trade and Kosher chocolate products can be found on our website.

London Olympics go Fair Trade

London Olympics go Fair TradeThe Fairtrade Foundation in the U.K. has dubbed the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the “fairest” games ever with Fair Trade bananas, tea, coffee, and sugar available at all Olympic venues. Read more.

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.

Bringing Meaning to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Guest blog by Rabbi Deborah SilverRabbi Deborah Silver of Adat Ari El in Valley Village, CA, explores one way to add meaning back to Bar/Bar Mitzvah ceremonies. On behalf of the synagogue, she provides every B’nai Mitzvah with a new kippa, one that has a special story behind it. We are pleased to feature her guest blog on the topic.

SF Jewish Film Festival

Fair Trade Judaica is pleased to be a co-presenter at this year’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival! This renowned three-week summer Festival screens in four Bay Area venues, featuring the highest quality Jewish films from around the world. Check out their schedule and come join us at the movies!

Fair Trade Judaica at the Fair

Slide Show from the FairWhat could be better? A gorgeous day with beautiful blue skies, great music and dancing, lots (and I means lots!) of friendly people, delicious food, and … an entire booth of fair trade made Judaica products! The kippot made from recycled soda cans in South Africa definitely brought out the most smiles and giggles! Thanks so much to Sue Bachman and Sandy Curtis for their fantastic help and great photos. Here are a few photos to share the fun.

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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