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January 2013 Newsletter
  Shvat 5773/January 2013
 

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. We are consulting with artisans to design new Judaica products, working hard to get Fair Trade Kosher for Passover chocolate products manufactured, introducing Fair Trade products to synagogues, day schools, and Judaica stores. If you haven’t yet made a donation, we’d appreciate your support.

Follow our Guatemala Trip

Guatemala Trip DetailsWe are so excited to be traveling to Guatemala next week to visit six Fair Trade artisan groups who make beautiful Judaica products and spend Shabbat with the Jewish community in Guatemala City. There are 13 of us, including several professional weavers, an author of Jewish childrens’ books, a cantor, and several activists. We’ll be sending trip updates with videos, so catch us on Facebook and read our blogs. You can click the “Subscribe”; button on the blog page to get all the news in an RSS feed.

Fair Trade Your Purim

Fair Trade GroggerSay 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. Originally offered by Ten Thousand Villages, now available through Fair Trade Judaica.
Mishloach Manot Berkeley 2013The 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 pre-school in Berkeley, CA is putting together a Kosher, organic, Fair Trade, and sustainably grown Mishloach Manot bag that can be sent anywhere in the U.S. Includes Fair Trade chocolate and tea, organic dried fruit, home baked hamentaschen, special treats and snacks. Every basket sponsorship goes directly to the school’s scholarship fund to help families in need to cover the cost of tuition. For more info and to order visit http://cbiganshalom.wordpress.com.

Hot Cocoa on a Cold Nite

Kosher Chocolate, Coffee and Tea  
One of the best ways to warm winter's chill is with a steaming cup of hot cocoa, and, it's honestly freezing out here in California! Much to our delight, we've found several new Kosher and Fair Trade hot cocoa mixes:
Dean’s Beans offers a 12 oz. organic hot cocoa mix
Equal Exchange offers two organic regular and spicy hot cocoa mixes, 12 oz. and 10 lb. bulk orders
Frontier offers a one pound organic hot cocoa mix
Lake Champlain offers an organic hot Dutch cocoa in a 16 oz. can.
Tcho Chocolate offers a 10.6 oz. tin or 1 kg. bag
Theo offers organic chipotle and rich dark drinking chocolate products in 10 oz. containers
 
And for those in Canada: Cocoa Camino offers chili and spice, dark chocolate and milk chocolate mixes in 336 g containers or individual packets.

How Zach Fair Traded his Bar Mitzvah

FTJ's conversation with ZachWe recently heard an inspiring story about a recent Bar Mitzvah who Fair Traded his Simcha and launched a project that is truly making a difference in children’s lives around the world. Here's our blog post based on a conversation with Zach Colton-Max

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