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September 2015 Newsletter
  Elul/Tishrei 5775/5776

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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2016 Guatemala Trip

Guatemala 2014 Group At Hot Springs
Join us February 2 - 11 for our 3rd annual Fair Trade Judaica trip to Guatemala! Highlights of our 2014 trip included (unexpectedly) finding handmade wooden groggers, trying out the backstrap loom, learning about the Mayan creation story, and spending Shabbat with the Orthodox and Reform Jewish communities! New for 2016: Visiting hot springs and designing new Judaica products with the artisans. We already have 4 people signed up, so contact us soon if you're interested.

SALE on all Kippot from Guatemala

We're offering a Pre-Rosh Hashanah sale on all of our beautifully handcrafted kippot/yarmulkes from Guatemala (crocheted, beaded and fabric) - 10% off and free shipping! Kippot are available in a variety of designs and colors. Orders must be placed by September 9 to arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah.
Fabric Kippot at FTJ's secure online store Crocheted Kippot at FTJ's secure online store Star of David Kippot at FTJ's secure online store

Sweeten Your Rosh Hashanah with
Kosher 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 products – 12 oz. Honey Bear and jars of Raw Honey. You can buy them on-line or find a local store that carries them.
Organic Raw HoneyTrader Joes’ Organic Raw Honey 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.

Decorate Your Sukkah with Jewish themed banners!

Jewish Spiritual BannerThis Jewish Spiritual Papel Picado (paper cut) Banner was designed by Fair Trade Judaica and made by fair trade artisans in Chiapas, Mexico. These are made with plastic, so they work with sukkahs in rainy conditions!!! It's composed of 10 sheets with repeating designs of a Star of David, Hamsahs, Tree of Life, and a Dove carrying an olive branch. Order a set online by September 10 to make sure they arrive on time.

New Products

Thanks to our friends at The Aesthetic Sense: Goods for the Soul in Mount. Kisco, NY, there are several new fair trade made Judaica products now available on the market. Karen Akst Schecter (an FTJ board member) and her husband and partner, Jay, worked with Mira Fair Trade to design a new Shalom Bowl and a Shalom Coat and Hat Rack from recycled materials; they're also carrying a lovely apple bowl, perfect for this season.
Shalom Bowl Shalom Coat and Hat Rack Apple Bowl

Send Your College Students Off
With Blessings

Fair Trade Judaica's Jewish Blessing Flags are made in Nepal. There are seven individual flags in the set, with blessings of Love, Compassion, Loving kindness, Peace, Healing, Respect, and Justice, based on ancient Jewish tradition. Order a set on-line by September 10.
FTJ's Jewish Blessing Flags

Updated Fair Trade/Jewish Text Matrix

With appreciation to all the great educators in our Fair Trade and Judaism Workshop at the NewCAJE conference, we've updated our Matrix of Fair Trade Principles and Jewish Values. It's a great learning/teaching tool and includes Jewish text sources. Find it here.

Fair Trade News

Transforming the textile industry with Fairtrade cottonRead this great article describing how the textile industry is being transformed by sourcing fair trade cotton. Global Fairtrade cotton figures are up 28% year-on-year and the new Fairtrade Cotton Sourcing Program is making it easier for companies to benefit.

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