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February 2014 Newsletter
  Adar 5774, February 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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Fair Trade Your Purim

Purim begins Saturday evening, 3/15, and the 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.
Fair Trade Kosher Mishloach Manot TreatsFair Trade Judaica has compiled a comprehensive list of Kosher and Fair Trade certified foods for your Mishloach Manot baskets, including chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, teas, and other treats. The specific Kosher certification is listed so you can choose what's right for you and your community. Most products are available at both wholesale and resale prices.
Gan Shalom Web SiteYou can purchase an already put together Mishloach Manot bag from Gan Shalom, a Jewish pre-school in Berkeley, CA. Their Mishloach Manot bags can be sent anywhere in the U.S. and contain Kosher, organic, Fair Trade, and sustainably grown products, including chocolate, tea, organic dried fruit, home baked hamentaschen, special treats, and a music CD. All funds are used for 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. Deadline to order is February 28.
Fair Trade Vodka and RumAnd, if you follow the "Ad lo Yada" tradition of Purim (not being able to distinguish between 'cursed be Haman' and 'blessed be Mordecai', vodka made from fair trade quinoa or rum from Belize may be your drink of choice! If you live near San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest, or New York, you can find it in bars, restaurants and local retailers; otherwise you can find it at Fairtrade Spirits on-line.

Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate Fundraising

Equal Exchange Web SiteWe are so excited to partner with T'ruah and Equal Exchange to offer your synagogue, religious school, and any Jewish organization the first fundraising program with Fair Trade (child labor free) Kosher for Passover chocolate! These products received a Rabbinic psak last year that they can be eaten on Passover if purchased before the holiday begins, and are listed on the Rabbinical Assembly's 2014 Acceptable for Passover list. Information and ordering materials are on the Equal Exchange website.

Guatemala Trip Highlights

Guatemala 2014 Group Picture
We've just returned from a fabulous second annual FTJ Trip to Guatemala. A few highlights:
- Seeing (and buying!) absolutely amazing hand woven products
- Inspired by the artisans' stories of how fair trade has changed their lives
- Serenaded by one artisan with his original song "Shalom Jerusalem"
- Warm welcome on Erev Shabbat by Orthodox Sha'arei Binyamin
- Deep davenning on Shabbat morning with Reform Adat Israel
- Deep appreciation of ancient Mayan wisdom that is still alive today
We'll have a web page up with slides and stories within the next month.

NEW Challah Covers

There are two new beautiful hand woven challah covers from Guatemala. The one on the left is from MayaWorks, and reflects the traditional brocade designs of huipiles, the traditional shirts worn by indigenous women in Guatemala. It's woven by hand on treadle food looms. The challah cover on the right is from Mayan Hands and is hand woven on the backstrap loom; available in three color combinations.
Brocade Hand-woven Challah Cover Colored Brocade Challah Cover

Fair Trade Shabbat

World Fair Trade Day 2014Save Saturday May 10 for this year's Fair Trade Shabbat program (Parshat Behar). Thousands of people around the world will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day, and Fair Trade Judaica is putting together a unique program for synagogues and other groups to observe this day Jewishly. More details available in early March; for more information, contact ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

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