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March 2015 Newsletter
  Adar/Nissan 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 for Passover Chocolate!

Equal Exchange Web SiteCelebrate Pesach this year with the sweet taste of child labor-free Fair Trade Kosher for Passover chocolate! Seven of Equal Exchange's pareve chocolate bars (including minis but not candy bars) are now included on the Conservative Movement's Rabbinic Assembly's 2015 List of Approved Passover Foods. You can buy them at Equal Exchange's online store, 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.
There's still time to organize a fundraiser for your school or synagogue! Contact ilana@fairtradejudaica.org for more information.

Sing “Fair Trade Dayenu” at your Seder

Passover Seder Song Contest WinnersTalia Cooper's song from our 2013 song contest 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.

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.

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.

Decorate Your Seder Table,
Bring a Seder Gift

We have beautifully crafted beaded Matzah Holders and hand painted Ten Plague Coaster Sets available at our online store! Great to bring as a gift or to decorate your Seder Table.
Order by Monday, March 30 at noon Pacific time and we will ship your order by Priority Mail so it arrives as quickly as possible.
set of 6 coasters wire and bead matzah holders

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. We are excited to partner with the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement, which is promoting this to their synagogues! For more information, contact ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

Meet Author Betsy Teutsch

100 Under $100 - Tools for Empowering Global WomenCome be inspired by Betsy Teutsch and her new book, "100 Under $100 - Tools for Empowering Global Women" at a book launch party on Tuesday, April 28 in the SF Bay Area. The highlighted tools provide women a toe-hold to climb the ladder out of extreme poverty. This is also a fundraiser for Fair Trade Judaica, and Betsy is one of our much-appreciated board members! Contact ilana@fairtradejudaica.org for more information.

Fair Trade News

Fair-Trade-Labeling-Organization-LogoRead this great article on why fair trade is so important as commodity prices drop around the world. Lower prices mean lower incomes for farmers and artisanal miners, creating a greater role for the Fairtrade premium.

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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