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October 2015 Newsletter
  Cheshvan 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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Your tax deductible gift helps us provide assistance and support to fair trade artisans around the world, so that they, their families and communities can live with economic and social stability.


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 7 people signed up, so contact us soon if you're interested.

Guilt Free Gelt Now Available

Guilt-free Gelt Support the Divine Chocolate farmers through purchasing their delicious fair trade kosher gelt – the best you've ever tasted! We’ve sold out the last few years and have increased our order this year.
The gelt is available in milk or dark chocolate, with OU Dairy Kosher certification.
For RETAIL purchases, visit the Chanukah Gelt page at Divine Chocolate. You can purchase 1 bag of 13 coins, a 10 pack or a 30 pack.
For WHOLESALE purchases, set up your account and place your order here. Please use code guiltfreegelt at checkout, and Divine will donate 10% of sales back to Fair Trade Judaica and T’ruah to support our education work on fair trade.
Get started early and find our Guilt Free Gelt Chanukah Resources here, including recipes, songs, prayers and more.

Onesie Design Contest

Help us choose which design and colors will be featured on FTJ's new fair trade organic onesie (thanks to Maggies’ Organics). The onesies are all natural beige cotton and we're going to offer two choices for the color of the design. Here are the choices:
Pacifier Onesie Fair Trade Mensch Onesie L’ Chaim Onesie
You can cast your vote at the FTJ web site through sundown Friday 10/23. Thank you for your help!

Visit Us

FTJ on the Road We have a lot of fairs coming up around the country, and beautiful new products to share with you: Torah yads, hamsah bowls and plates, a new B’nai Mitzvah Gift Collection, and lots of Guilt Free (Chanukah) Gelt! We look forward to seeing many old friends as well as making new ones. If you're in town, come visit and say hi, and see which of our beautifully handmade Judaica products calls to you:

Fair Trade Month

Get involved with Fair Trade MonthOctober is Fair Trade Month: a national celebration of fair trade as a concrete contribution to the global fight against poverty, climate change and economic crises. You can celebrate Fair Trade Month and make everyday choices that will have big impacts on producers – choices like eating only Fairtrade chocolate, wearing ethical clothing, or sweetening your Fairtrade coffee with Fairtrade sugar. Find a variety of ways to get involved here.

Fair Trade News

Lawsuit: Your Candy Bar Was Made By Child SlavesA class action lawsuit, on behalf of California consumers, was filed in early October alleging that some of the world's largest chocolate makers (Hershey's, Mars, and Nestle) are knowingly using child labor in Africa. This article describes the lengthy process that has unfolded the past 15 years since child labor was first documented. You can purchase a copy of the "Dark Side of Chocolate" DVD and a screening guide on FTJ's website.

Jewish Blessing Flags

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. Give the gift of blessings to someone you care about.
FTJ's Jewish Blessing Flags

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