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August 2014 Newsletter
  Av/Elul 5774, August 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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2015 Guatemala Trip

Guatemala 2014 Group At Hot Springs
Join us February 3 - 12, 2015 for our 3rd annual Fair Trade Judaica trip to Guatemala! Highlights of our 2014 trip included finding (unexpectedly) handmade wooden groggers, trying out the backstrap loom, learning about the Mayan creation story, and spending Shabbat with the Orthodox and Reform Jewish communities! Please contact Ilana for more information.

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 September 15 to arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah.

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. You can now purchase their products online, or to find a store near you, go to their website.

Torah Yad (pointer)

Torah Yad at FTJ's Online StoreWe are so excited to bring you this new product from Bali – a hand carved wooden Torah yad made by an artisan with 20 years' carving experience. Attached chain allows it to hang from the Torah scroll. It's available for retail purchase on our website as well as for wholesale orders to Judaica stores.

Fair Trade News from Mayan Hands

Natural Dye Project Blog Posts
Mayan Hands has been working with their artisans in San Rafael and expert dyers to return to the traditional use of natural dyes, finding plants from the local environment. Look at the gorgeous colors from their recent training! You can read blog posts by Rocio, who shared her natural dye expertise with the Mayan women.

Jewish Blessings Decorate Dorm Rooms

Blessing FlagAt a recent fair, over half of our Jewish Blessing Flags were bought by parents as a gift for their high school graduate child going off to college in the summer/fall. Send your graduate off with Jewish Blessings of love, compassion, shalom, healing, loving kindness, honor, and justice.

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