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February 2015 Newsletter
  Shvat/Adar 5775

FTJ envisions a world where 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 Kosher Mishloach Manot Ideas

Fair Trade Kosher Mishloach Manot TreatsPurim is less than a month away (March 4-5), so it's time to start thinking about putting together mishloach manot packages! There are more and more Kosher, Fair Trade and organic options available, and Fair Trade Judaica has pulled together a list of delicious treats that are perfect for mishloach manot.

Chocolate Hamentaschen Recipe

Fair Trade Chocolate HamantaschenOne of the deeper themes of Purim is that we are told to celebrate the holiday, and make it possible for those less fortunate to also join in the festivities. When we feast or send food packages, are the products we use harming or benefiting the workers? In many situations, those “less fortunate” are the people who grow the food we use to celebrate our holidays. They suffer from market-driven forces that pay them less than the food’s real value; they don’t have access to world markets and get taken advantage of by local distributors or large corporations; and prices on the world market fluctuate, so they can never be sure what price they’ll receive when it’s time to sell a crop. Choosing fair trade chocolate and sugar for our Hamentaschen better assures that the farmer who grew the raw ingredients for those foods, has received a fair price.
Baking your own hamentashen this year? Try this new recipe using fair trade chocolate. Kosher Fair Trade chocolate chips are available from Equal Exchange (Orthodox Peru), Pascha (Orthodox Peru), SunSpire (OU), Tcho (EarthKosher), and Tierra Farms (EarthKosher).

Fair Trade Purim Spirits

Fair Trade Vodka and Rum And, 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.

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Fair Trade Coffee Pledge

Coffee Beans CupFair Trade Judaica is so excited that Rabbinical Student Rachel Braun approached us and T’ruah to launch a new Fair Trade Coffee Pledge project in the Jewish community! Here's an introduction to Rachel and the new project – please join the Fair Trade Coffee Pledge Movement!

Fair Trade Shabbat

World Fair Trade Day 2015 LogoSave Saturday May 8-9 for this year's Fair Trade Shabbat program (Parshat Emor). 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. for more information, contact ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

Fair Trade News

Tackling Obesity in Supply ChainsFair Trade International has published “Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains”, a great article about the imbalances in agricultural supply chains and how Fair Trade provides a good alternative.

Jewish Blessing Flags

Blessing FlagWe’ve just received a new shipment of Jewish Blessing Flags from Nepal! This set of seven flags, inspired by ancient Jewish tradition, is a great way to bring blessings and Jewish values into a home – also makes a perfect gift.

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