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Pesach 2014 Newsletter
  Nissan 5774, April 2014
 

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Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate!!!

Equal Exchange Web SiteWe can't tell how excited we are that there is a child labor-free Fair Trade Kosher for Passover chocolate available this year! Equal Exchange's entire line of pareve chocolate bars (including minis but not candy bars) are now included on the Conservative Movement's Rabbinic Assembly's 2014 List of Approved Passover Foods. You can buy it at Whole Foods, Ten Thousand Villages brick and mortar stores, and your local food coop. Or, call Equal Exchange's Customer Service Line, 774-776-7366 to find a store near you..

Sing “Fair Trade Dayenu” at your Seder

Passover Seder Song Contest WinnersLast year's winning entry by Talia Cooper went viral, and you'll love it as well! Her rendition of the familiar Dayenu song raises the contemporary Passover story of children enslaved in cocoa fields in an inspiring and fun way.
 
You can watch Talia's YouTube video and download the lyrics for your own Seder experience.

Resources to Fair Trade Your Passover Seder

Fair Trade Your SederAs we celebrate our people's freedom during Passover, let us remember that others are still enslaved. Fair Trade Judaica has developed several readings that you can add to your Haggada during your Passover Seder, focusing on the role of trafficked and enforced child labor in the cocoa fields. There are photos of cocoa beans that you can download for free and place on your Seder plate, symbolizing that slavery is still, unfortunately, a contemporary issue.

Fair Trade Chocolate Charoset Recipe

Fair Trade Chocolate CharosetWhat better way is there to celebrate having Fair Trade Kosher for Passover chocolate this year than making a chocolate flavored charoset? Thanks to Oakland vegan chef and caterer, Philip Gelb, for creating this recipe just for Fair Trade Judaica to share with you! This blog post was written for and published in The Jew and the Carrot.

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. To sign up, go to our signup page or contact ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

Decorate Your Seder Table,
Bring a Seder Gift

We have a few beaded Matzah Holders and hand painted Ten Plague Coaster Sets still available! Great to bring as a gift or to decorate your Seder Table.
 
Order by Friday, April 11 at noon Pacific time and we will ship your order by Priority Mail so it arrives as quickly as possible.
wire and bead matzah holders set of 6 coasters

“Dark Side of Chocolate” DVD kit available

DVD Screening KitOur Screening Kit will provide you with everything you need to create an interesting and inspiring program! Organize a screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate”, a moving documentary on the role of child labor on the cocoa fields in the Ivory Coast, followed by a Fair Trade chocolate tasting. The program brings alive our Passover theme of liberation, and inspires people to choose fair trade chocolate as an alternative. The packet ($18.00 + postage) includes:

  • A copy of the DVD
  • A comprehensive guide for planning the event
  • Informational handouts
  • Jewish text resources, including materials for Passover Seder
  • A “virtual” Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate Bar OR a photo  of cocoa beans to use on your Seder plate
  • Contact information for ordering Fair Trade Kosher chocolate.

News from the Fair Trade World

Why Now Is the Time to Start Drinking Fair Trade CoffeeAn article in the Huffington Post explains how Fair Trade certification helps farmers maintain their lives when coffee market prices fall; it's excerpted from the book, “Where Am I Eating”, which reflects how the global food economy affects the world's poorest producers. We’re going to see more of this issue as climate change affects coffee crops."

Decorate your Seder with Jewish Blessing Flags

Blessing FlagCelebrate the holiday of freedom and liberation with Fair Trade Judaica’s beautiful and inspiring Jewish Blessing Flags! We have just received a new shipment from Nepal. Give the gift of blessings to someone you care about.

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