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February 2016 Newsletter
  Shvat/Adar 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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New B’nai Mitzvah Gift Collection

FTJ’s Fair Trade B’nai Mitzvah Gift CollectionFTJ is excited to launch our new Fair Trade B’nai Mitzvah Gift Collection for synagogues. Give the gift of Jewish values as you celebrate your students’ B’nai Mitzvah. Each gift (Candle Sticks, Kiddush Cup, Tzedakah Box, or 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 minimum of 10 products. You can purchase individual products as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah present at our online store.

Fair Trade Kosher Mishloach Manot

Fair Trade Kosher Mishloach Manot TreatsPurim is just one full moon away (March 23 - 24), so it's time to start thinking about putting together Mishloach Manot packages! We’re excited that there are so many new Fair Trade and organic options available this year. Fair Trade Judaica has pulled together a list of delicious treats that are perfect for Mishloach Manot.

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.

Petition 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!

Save the Date - Fair Trade Shabbat

Fair Trade Shabbat 2016 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. Sign up now!

Guatemala Trip Blog Post

We returned less than a week ago from an absolutely fabulous trip to Guatemala, with an amazing group of smart, talented, and creative people. It was a delight sharing our experiences! We’ve written up some of our trip highlights, and provided links to a more comprehensive daily review by Dina Tanners, one of our trip participants.
Highlights from our Guatemala trip Highlights from our Guatemala trip

Fair Trade News

Nestle is being sued for allegedly using child slaves on cocoa farmsThe world's largest food producer is to be sued in the U.S. over allegations that it used child slaves to harvest cocoa in the Ivory Coast in Africa. Nestle SA has lost its bid to throw out a court case which has accused it of using child laborers for its chocolate products.

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