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December 2013 Newsletter
  Tevet/Shevat 5774, December 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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Enjoying the Lights of Chanukah

Tree of Life Menorah from South AfricaThe usual confluence of Chanukah lights increasing as the day shortens around solstice (12/21), didn't happen this year, so we thought this slideshow of lit up fair trade menorahs might add some brightness and a reminder that the sunlight will begin increasing soon! Enjoy...

Join our 2014 Guatemala Trip

2014 Guatemala Trip DetailsThe trip of a lifetime! (January 30-February 9, 2014). This is a unique opportunity to spend Shabbat with the Jewish communities in Guatemala City, meet 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. We'll be able to see several new products that were inspired from our first visit (pine needle challah trays, new challah covers, and more). Just a few spots left - SIGN UP now! Sample itinerary, logistics, and info can be found here.

NEW Product: Tu B'shvat Plate

Tu B'shvat PlateTu B'shvat, celebrated this year on January 15-16, is the Jewish holiday most connected to environmental issues. Environmental sustainability is one of Fair Trade's key principles - promoting healthy soil, re-use of materials, avoiding dangerous chemicals, etc. Fair Trade Judaica decided to create a new ritual product: a beautiful Tu B'shvat plate made from recycled glass and decorated with a Tree of Life, olives, grapes, pomegranates, almonds, and figs, using water based paint! So beautiful, this plate can be used year round. Available for sale on our website.

Fundraise with Fair Trade Kosher Chocolate

Fair Trade Chocolate You CAN Eat on PassoverYou've been asking for an alternative, and we are excited to let you know about a new partnership and opportunity for 2014! Partnering with Equal Exchange and T'ruah your synagogue, religious school, and any Jewish organization can now conduct a fundraising program with fair trade (child labor free) Kosher chocolate! These products also received a Rabbinic psak last year that they can be eaten on Passover if purchased before the holiday begins. Please contact Ilana if you'd like to receive information when it's available in January.
Human Rights Shabbat
Join with over 150 communities commemorating Human Rights Shabbat, a fabulous initiative from our partner, T'ruah, to educate Jewish communities about the intersection of Jewish values and universal human rights. Resources include new liturgy, educational materials, and children's programming.Here's a piece FTJ wrote linking fair trade principles and the Declaration of Human Rights.

Guest Blog by R. Elliot Schoenberg -
"A Just Cup of Coffee"

Rabbinical Assembly Fair Trade DeclarationWe are pleased to share this blog post, originally given as a sermon at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, NJ. Rabbi Elliot Schoenberg is the Associate Executive Director at the Rabbinical Assembly, and was a strong advocate for their 2012 resolution promoting fair trade.

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