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March 2016 Newsletter
  Adar 5776

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Fair Trade Kosher Mishloach Manot

Fair Trade Kosher Mishloach Manot TreatsPurim is less than a week away (March 23 - 24), so it's your last chance to put 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.

Chocolate Hamentaschen Recipe

Fair Trade Chocolate HamantaschenOne of the deeper themes of Purim is that we are told to celebrate the holiday, and make it possible for those less fortunate to also join in the festivities. When we feast or send food packages, are the products we use harming or benefiting the workers? In many situations, those “less fortunate” are the people who grow the food we use to celebrate our holidays. They suffer from market-driven forces that pay them less than the food’s real value; they don’t have access to world markets and get taken advantage of by local distributors or large corporations; and prices on the world market fluctuate, so they can never be sure what price they’ll receive when it’s time to sell a crop. Choosing fair trade chocolate and sugar for our Hamentaschen better assures that the farmer who grew the raw ingredients for those foods, has received a fair price.
Baking your own hamentaschen this year? Try this recipe using fair trade chocolate. Kosher Fair Trade chocolate chips are available from Equal Exchange (Orthodox Peru), Pascha (Orthodox Peru), SunSpire (OU), Tcho (EarthKosher), and Tierra Farms (EarthKosher).

Fair Trade Purim Spirits

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If you follow the “Ad lo Yada” tradition of Purim (not being able to distinguish between ‘cursed be Haman’ and ‘blessed be Mordecai’), vodka made from fair trade quinoa, juniper gin, rum from Belize, or coffee or goji infusions may be your drink of choice! All of these selections are available at Fairtrade Spirits on-line.

Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate

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Celebrate Pesach this year with the sweet taste of child labor-free Fair Trade Kosher for Passover chocolate! NEW this year are semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate chips (so you can bake to your heart’s delight!), in addition to the usual seven of Equal Exchange’s pareve chocolate bars (including minis but not candy bars). You can buy them at Whole Foods, Ten Thousand Villages brick and mortar stores, and your local food coop. Or, call Equal Exchange’s Customer Service Line, 774-776-7366 to find a store near you.

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!

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.

New Blog Post

Mayaworks KippotThanks to Betsy Teutsch (FTJ Advisory Board member) for "My Fair Trade Lady: A Trip to Guatemala to Meet Judaica Creators", her inspiring story of our 2016 Guatemala trip, just published on Lillith Magazine's blog!!! Includes several links to other resources and a great photo with new kippot designed by the Mayan crocheters!

Fair Trade News

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President Obama recently signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act into law, closing a loophole in the Tariff Act of 1930 that allowed goods produced by forced labor to flow freely into the US. Read this post by FairtradeAmerica on what these changes mean in the fight against forced and child labor.

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