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August 2013 Newsletter
  Elul 5773, August 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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SALE on Women’s Crocheted and Beaded Kippot from Guatemala

Buy Now!We're offering a Pre-Rosh Hashanah sale on these beautifully handcrafted kippot/yarmulkes - 10% off and free shipping! Kippot are available in a variety of designs and colors, and we ordered extra white and cream ones for the High Holydays. Orders must be placed by August 27 to arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah - no exceptions, because the store will be closed from August 29 until September 10!

Sweeten Your Rosh Hashanah with
Fair Trade Honey

Rosh Hashanah is not complete until we lick the honey off our apple slices, and start our new year with pure sweetness! This isn't the situation for most beekeepers in Latin America and Asia, where they are dependent on local middlemen to buy their honey. Fair Trade certification assures the beekeepers of a mutually agreed upon minimum price. Here are some Kosher certified Fair Trade honey choices:
GloryBee Fair Trade Raw HoneyGloryBee produces a variety of OU Kosher Pareve certified Fair Trade organic honey product – 12 oz. Honey Bear, a variety of HoneyStix, and jars of Raw Honey (the raw honey jars will be back in stock by 8/15). You can buy them on-line or find a local store that carries them.
Organic Raw HoneyTrader Joes’ Organic Raw Honey also comes from bee-keeping cooperatives in Mexico, and is simply the uncooked “unadulterated nectar” of jungle wildflowers. It has Circle K (OK) Kosher certification and is available in all their stores.
Wholesome Sweetner’s HoneyWholesome Sweetener’s Organic Raw and Amber honeys, certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, come from Fair Trade cooperatives in Mexico, so the farmers also receive a “sweet” and fair wage. To find a store near you, go to their website.

Fair Trade Kosher Chanukah Gelt

Divine Chocolate Dark GeltWe are excited to let you know that you will be able to purchase Divine Chocolate's delicious milk or dark chocolate Chanukah gelt (wholesale and retail) this year directly on Fair Trade Judaica's website at the same price! We will have the store up and running by mid-September, along with lots of resources for celebrating Chanukah - watch for more details in next month's e-newsletter. This is a fundraising project to support our educational and outreach efforts – please support us by purchasing your gelt on the FTJ site!

Decorate Your Sukkah with Jewish themed banners!

Jewish Spiritual BannerThis Jewish Spiritual papel picado (paper cut) banner was designed by Fair Trade Judaica and made by fair trade artisans in Chiapas, Mexico. It is available in plastic as well as paper - great for outdoor use anywhere! It's composed of 10 sheets with repeating designs of a Star of David, Hamsahs, Tree of Life, and a Dove carrying an olive branch.
Also available are our Jewish Blessing Flags, with blessings of Love, Compassion, Loving kindness, Peace, Healing, Respect, and Justice, based on ancient Jewish tradition. Order a set on-line by September 24 to make sure they arrive on time.
FTJ's Jewish Blessing Flags

Join our 2014 Guatemala Trip

Guatemala Trip DetailsOur inaugural 2013 trip to Guatemala was a major success, and we're looking forward to traveling there again in late January-early February 2014 (specific dates will be available shortly). This is a unique opportunity to spend Shabbat with the Jewish community in Guatemala City, visit six Fair Trade artisan groups who make beautiful Judaica products, and visit major cultural and historical sites. Experience firsthand the positive impact that Fair Trade has on the artisans and their communities.

Artisan Designed Kippot from MayaWorks

One of the highlights of our trip to Guatemala this past January, was the joy and support expressed by the women for their fellow artisans' design of new kippot - each person was applauded and praised for their new creation, and now, 6 months later, they are available for purchase! The olive branch kippah is simple, yet elegant; the psychedelic rainbow kippa reflects the bright colors of traditional Mayan dress, and the special occasion gold kippah, made with ivory and gold metallic thread, is available in two designs.
Olive Branch Kippah Psychedelic Rainbow Kippah Special Occasion Gold Kippah

Fair Trade News - 2014 calendar available

2014 Fair Trade CalendarThe new 2014 Fair Trade Calendar is now available, featuring the 12 winning photos of fair trade artisans and farmers submitted from around the world. The calendar includes a "Where to Buy Fair Trade" section and stories about the positive impact fair trade makes in the lives of thousands of people around the world. Discounts are available for multiple copies.

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