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September 2016 Newsletter
  Elul 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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B’nai Mitzvah Synagogue
Gift Collection

FTJ’s Fair Trade B’nai Mitzvah Gift CollectionFor those of you connected with synagogues, Fair Trade Judaica has created a beautiful and unique collection of B'nai Mitzvah gifts – Kiddush cup, Candle sticks, Torah yads, Tzedakah Box – which are available at bulk rate when a minimum of ten pieces are purchased; includes a handout for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. You can purchase individual products as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift at our online store.

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 26 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
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:
BossBodyworks Organic Herbal HoneyBossBodyworks is an online Etsy store featuring natural products. She has a variety of organic fair trade certified and kosher (Earth Kosher) honey products for sale, many of which are flavored with natural herbs (e.g. cinnamon, cherry, fennel, turmeric).
GloryBee Fair Trade Raw HoneyGloryBee produces a variety of OU Kosher Pareve certified Fair Trade organic honey product – 12 oz. Honey Bear, a variety of HoneyStix, and jars of Raw Honey (the raw honey jars will be back in stock by 8/15). You can buy them on-line or find a local store that carries them.
Heavenly Organics Raw HoneyHeavenly Organics gathers honey from naturally occurring wild beehives in India and the Himalayas. It is 100% raw organic (white, acacia, or neem), fair trade certified and OU Kosher certified. You can purchase online or visit their store locator to identify where to purchase the honey near you.
Organic Raw HoneyTrader Joes’ Organic Raw Honey also 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 honeys (processed, raw, raw unfiltered), 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 find their products in many stores and now purchase their products online.

2017 Guatemala Trip

Guatemala 2014 Group At Hot Springs
We’re starting to plan our 2017 trip to Guatemala, and you will definitely want to join us! Tentative dates are Tuesday 2/7 through Thursday 2/16. We’ll be visiting at least 7 artisan groups, visiting Lake Atitlan and other unique Guatemalan sites, and celebrating Tu B’shvat with the Jewish community over Shabbat. Final details will be available in early October, but let us know now if you’re interested.

Advocacy Corner

Forever 21 shop windowEthically and sustainably made clothing is one of the most pressing global issues of our time, but we’re still buying into harmful practices. Read this call for a conversation about sustainable shopping.

Recipe for Change - Honey Cake

Iced Summer Drink We’ve gathered a totally delicious traditional Majestic and Moist Honey Cake recipe for you. It follows our blog on why fair trade honey is important to choose.

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