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January 2014 Newsletter
  Shevat/Adar 5774, January 2014

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!

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. This year we are designing lots of new Judaica products and introducing them to more synagogues and Judaica stores around the country, launching a Fair Trade Shabbat program and much more. If you haven’t yet made a donation, we’d appreciate your support.
Let us know if you'd like to get more involved as a volunteer! We have lots of interesting opportunities!

Fair Trade Fruits and Nuts

Fair Trade Fruit and NutsTu B'shvat begins next Wednesday evening, 1/15, as we celebrate all the gifts that trees bestow upon us. What better way to celebrate than eating organic and fair trade fruits and nuts? Fair Trade Judaica has compiled a list for your eating pleasure, including several chocolate covered choices!

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. Order by Monday 1/13 for plate to arrive for Tu B’shvat.

Fundraise with Fair Trade Kosher Chocolate

Fundraise with Fair Trade Kosher ChocolateYou've been asking for an alternative, and we are excited to let you know about a new partnership and opportunity for 2014! Working 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. More information is available on our web site.

We're Going to Guatemala!
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Follow Us on FacebookWe’re so excited that we have more than enough people for our second annual Guatemala trip! We’ll be visiting 8 different artisan groups who make beautiful Judaica products, and visit major cultural and historical sites, and spend Shabbat with the Jewish community. We’ll be posting on Facebook daily, so you can keep up with our adventures and follow the trip vicariously.

New Products for 2014-15

What new Judaica products would you like to see made by fair trade artisans this year? We’re working on Shabbat wine goblet and candle sticks, small dreidels and groggers for next year. What other ideas do you have for products that you would purchase, as well as ideas material (e.g. textile, wood, ceramic, etc).
Click on this "Let us know" link if you’re interested in any of these, or if there is a Judaica item that you would like developed by a fair trade producer.

Hot Cocoa on a Cold Nite

Kosher Chocolate, Coffee and TeaOne of the best ways to warm winter’s chill is with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. And given the recent weather, what could be better? 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.

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