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May 2015 Newsletter
  Iyar/Sivan 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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Help Support our Nepali Artisans -
Buy a Blessing Flag/We'll Make a Donation

Mahaguthi ArtisansWe have been a bit frantic following the two big earthquakes in Nepal, but have made contact with Mahaguthi, our fair trade artisan partner in Kathmandu who produces our Jewish Blessing Flags (and a new set of Healing Flags that were just starting production when the first earthquake hit). Luckily, all of the artisans survived, but many lost family members and their homes. We consider them part of our family and want to support them.
 
For every Jewish Blessing Flag ordered through June 30, FTJ will donate $10.00 (40% of the retail price) for earthquake relief and reconstruction. Donations will be go through SERRV, one of the oldest fair trade organizations in the US. They are working with four artisan partner groups (including Mahaguthi) and giving grants where the money is most needed. We'd like to sell out our current inventory of 103 sets of flags so we can place a BIG order and have good paying work waiting for them!
Support the artisans!

Fair Trade Coffee for Shavuot

Erev Shavuot is Saturday, May 23, and if you'll be participating in all-night study, as many of us do, Fair Trade Judaica has a pretty complete list of all the Kosher and fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate that you'll need to stay awake!
Kosher Chocolate, Coffee and Tea

FTJ is Hosting an On-line Auction

FTJ is Hosting an On-line AuctionCome join in the fun (and find some special treats) as we raise money to expand Fair Trade Judaica's educational work across the country! We are hosting an on-line auction starting Monday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 10. There will be many items to choose from– including gift certificates to online fair trade stores, a personalized handmade ketubah, Jewish books/DVDs/magazines, beautiful artisan jewelry, and some special items for people in our San Francisco Bay Area. Keep your eyes open for upcoming information!
 
Let us know if you have something you'd like to contribute (signed book, special skill, Jewish arts/cultural times).

Fair Trade Shabbat Report Back

Fair Trade Judaica initiated "Fair Trade Shabbat" to provide a way for the Jewish community to observe and celebrate World Fair Trade Day, which always falls on Shabbat. This year we are honored that the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement adopted and promoted Fair Trade Shabbat to their congregations.
 
We are so excited to receive this guest blog post from Rabbi Robin Damsky of West Suburban Temple Har Zion, and how her confirmation class and congregation celebrated Fair Trade Shabbat – it's absolutely inspiring!

FTJ Event With Author
Betsy Teutsch

100 Under $100 - Tools for Empowering Global WomenOver 45 people were inspired by Betsy Teutsch sharing stories from her new book, "100 Under $100 – Tools for Empowering Global Women" at a book launch party hosted by FTJ at the end of April. She told stories about solar lanterns (and demonstrated with one), affordable and safer ways to transport water, and new technology that makes planting seeds and threshing crops easier, faster and safer. Betsy learned about the positive impacts of fair trade while researching the book, and has identified it as tool #93. She generously donated 50 copies to FTJ to support our work – you can buy one at our online auction in June!

Come Visit Us - We're Travelling

Fair Trade Judaica will be on the road this spring, introducing you to new beautifully made fair trade made Judaica products! Come visit us!

Fair Trade News

West Africa boycott needed for slave-free chocolateThe Food Empowerment Project urges transparancy on child slavery in this interesting, informative article: "West Africa boycott needed for slave-free chocolate, says consumer group", by Oliver Nieburg, 08-Dec-2014.
 
"The Food Empowerment Project has called on US chocolate makers to list cocoa country of origin on pack so consumers can avoid brands that use cocoa from West Africa, where it claims unlawful child labor is common."

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