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January 2016 Newsletter
  Tevet/Shevat 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.


Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who made year-end donations! Your generosity helps Fair Trade Judaica work with artisans and farmers around the world to lift themselves out of poverty, bringing them dignity and self-sufficiency. With your support, we are designing many new Judaica products, introducing our new B’nai Mitzvah Gift Collection to synagogues around the country, and launching our Fair Trade Shabbat program. If you haven't yet made a donation, we’d appreciate your support.
Let us know if you'd like to get more involved as a volunteer! You can staff an event, bring FTJ to your community, design a new product, and more.

Fair Trade Fruits and Nuts

FTJ’s list of fruits and nuts Tu B’shvat begins on Sunday evening, January 24, as we celebrate all the gifts that trees bestow upon us. What better way to celebrate than eating organic and fair trade fruits and nuts? Fair Trade Judaica has compiled a list for your eating pleasure, including several chocolate covered choices!

Tree of Life Plates and Bowls

FTJ co-designed these new Tree of Life plates and bowls with Venture Imports; made out of kisii stone from Africa, these individually painted pieces will add beauty and whimsy to any room. Great for serving fruits and nuts at your Tu B’Shvat Seder! Just arrived from Kenya.
Tree of Life Kisii Stone Plate Tree of Life Kisii Stone Bowl

Petition for Elite Chocolate to go
Fair Trade Kosher for Passover

Read Ashira’s BlogWe are so excited to support Ashira Abramowitz, a recent Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem, who is trying to get Elite Chocolate / Strauss Group to go Fair Trade Kosher for Passover!! Fair Trade Judaica started this work several years ago, and we're happy to have a partner in Israel to work with. Read her blog and sign her petition!

Fair Trade Kosher Chocolate Fundraising

The Jewish Fair Trade Project Raise money for your synagogue, religious school, or any Jewish organization, enjoy delicious chocolate, and do a mitzvah, all at the same time! Fair Trade Judaica has partnered with Equal Exchange and T'ruah to bring you the only fundraising program using fair trade (child labor free) and Kosher for Passover chocolate. Information and ordering materials are available on the Equal Exchange website.

Save the Date - Fair Trade Shabbat

Fair Trade Shabbat 2016 is happening Friday/Saturday May 13-14 (Parshat Kedoshim), in coordination with World Fair Trade Day. We have lots of resources to help you plan an educational and inspiring day at your synagogue, school, or other community organization. Fair Trade Shabbat 2016

New B’nai Mitzvah Collection

New B’nai Mitzvah Collection Fair Trade Judaica is excited to launch our new Fair Trade B'nai Mitzvah Gift Collection next month. Give the gift of Jewish values as you celebrate your students' B'nai Mitzvah. Each gift (candle sticks, Kiddush Cup, Tzedakah Box, Torah Yad) is made by a fair trade artisan, who was paid a living wage, guaranteed safe working conditions, and made without child labor. Bulk prices are available if ordering a total of 10 products.

We're Going to Guatemala!
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Follow our trip on FacebookWe’re so excited that we have more than enough people for our third annual Guatemala trip! We’ll be visiting 7 different artisan groups who make beautiful Judaica products, visit major cultural and historical sites, and spend Shabbat with the Jewish community. We’ll be posting on Facebook daily, so you can keep up with our adventures and follow the trip vicariously.

Fair Trade News

Fairtrade International has teamed up with the Gold Standard and producer groups to develop the Fairtrade Climate Standard. Through projects such as reforestation or energy efficient cook stoves, vulnerable communities can reduce emissions and become eligible for carbon credits while also strengthening themselves against the effects of climate change. Be inspired by this great article and videos.
Fairtrade Carbon Credits

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