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June/July 2015 Newsletter
  Tammuz/Av 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 ArtisansThank You to everyone who has purchased our Jewish Blessing Flags through this promotion. We are excited to say that YOUR purchases have allowed us to donate $425 to earthquake relief and reconstruction to our Nepali artisans. We still have some flags left in inventory, and this promotion continues, so for every Jewish Blessing Flag ordered through June 30, FTJ will donate $10.00 for earthquake relief and reconstruction.
We have already placed a new order for Jewish Blessing Flags and were just about to begin production on a new set of Jewish Healing Flags. We recently heard from Mahaguthi that they are now discovering some damage to their facilities, so production will probably take longer than usual. Support the artisans!

THANKS for Supporting our Auction

We would like to extend our deep appreciation to the 71 people who participated in our online auction. Your involvement led to the following successes: FTJ is Hosting an On-line Auction
  • We raised crucial operating funds
  • Through your generosity, our "Fund a Need" efforts supported two new school scholarships and school supplies for 30 children of our Mayan weavers!!! And our Adat Israel Jewish community in Guatemala City will now have enough matzah this coming Pesach
  • We've welcomed 20 new people into our Fair Trade Judaica community!

New Judaica Products from MayaWorks

Hand Woven Fair Trade Mayan Tallit Bag MayaWorks has been hard at work with their artisans to create new Judaica products: Traditional Mayan symbols adorn this exquisite 100% cotton tallit bag. For the Maya, the "rupan plato" represents the blessings of fruit and bread. The handmade tallit bag measures 13"x10" and fits most tallitot. The white on white brocade is stunning. Flap closure ensures that you won't catch your tallit in a zipper.
MayaWorks' fair trade Tree of Life yarmulke is a work of art! Simple yet elegant, the kippah is crocheted using natural colored thread. Next tree branches are embroidered in the middle of the yarmulke. Completely designed by women artisans of Santiago, Atitlán, this kippah is sure to start a conversation! Each fair trade Tree of Life kippah is approximately 6 inches in diameter, but variation may occur due to the handmade nature of the yarmulke. Handmade Tree of Life Kippah/Yarmulke

Cool Summertime Drinks

Cool Summertime Drink RecipesSummer has finally spread across the country (summer solstice is this coming Sunday!). The best antidote to the heat is staying hydrated, and there's only so much plain water one can drink! We've gathered some awesomely delicious cold drinks that you can make at home, with a focus on Fair Trade ingredients!

2016 Guatemala Trip Dates Set

Mayan Artisan Crocheting a KippahSAVE THE DATE: Fair Trade Judaica will be joining MayaWorks and Mayan Hands on our next Guatemala trip from Tuesday, February 2 – Thursday, February 11. Trip will include visits with fair trade artisans who make Judaica products, spending Shabbat with the local Jewish communities, and visiting historic and cultural sites. Check our next newsletter for the detailed itinerary.

Fair Trade News

Read: Climate Change: Coffee Farmers Feel the HeatIn "Climate Change: Coffee Farmers Feel the Heat", Harriet Lam, CEO of Fairtrade International, discusses the impact of climate change on coffee (and other crops), how fair trade is supporting farmers to make adjustments, and the development of new Fairtrade Carbon Credits.

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