Started in 2014, the Jewish Fair Trade Project is made up of two organizations: Fair Trade Judaica, and T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. The Jewish Fair Trade Partnership assists Jewish institutions and individuals in purchasing kosher and Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate while supporting Jewish communal efforts to end modern-day slavery and to support worker justice. Organizations can purchase these products at wholesale prices for their use, as well as for fundraising.
For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and food communities and synagogues purchased through the Jewish Fair Trade Project, Equal Exchange donates 15 cents per pound. That amounted to $884.15 in 2015 alone!
These organizations use Equal Exchange’s Small Farmer Fund to educate the Jewish community about the positive impact of fair trade. It conducts an annual campaign with Equal Exchange, linking the issue of trafficked child labor to Passover (a Jewish holiday celebrating the time of liberation); this includes Haggadah supplements, other readings, recipes, as well as the offering of Kosher for Pesach chocolate.
The Jewish Fair Trade Project includes Equal Exchange kosher certified coffee, tea and chocolate products. Coffee is kosher certified by the following groups: Orthodox Union (OU). Organic Hot Cocoa mix, Organic Baking Cocoa, and Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa are certified by the Kashruth Council of Canada. Chocolate bars are certified by Rabbi Abraham Hochwald, Chief Rabbi of the Northern Rhine-Germany, and most are listed in the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative Movement)'s Passover Guide as kosher for Passover if purchased before the holiday.
In the spring of 2014, Equal Exchange, Fair Trade Judaica, and T'ruah collaborated to provide a chocolate fundraising initiative for the Jewish Community. Learn more about the first ever Kosher and Fair Trade Chocolate Fundraising Program here.
Building a Fair Trade movement in the Jewish community, Fair Trade Judaica links Jewish values of human dignity, self-sufficiency, and environmental sustainability with Fair Trade standards assuring fair and livable wages, no child labor, and healthy and safe working conditions. Their efforts to create a Jewish-based ethical consumer model include outreach/education, and expanding the production, distribution, and sale of Fair Trade Judaica products. For more information visit fairtradejudaica.org.
T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights mobilizes a network of 1800 rabbis and cantors and their communities to bring a moral Jewish voice to protecting the human rights of all people in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. T'ruah has been the leading Jewish organization working to end modern-day slavery and trafficking in the supply chain.
American Jewish World Service was Equal Exchange's first Jewish Fair Trade partner, and started its "Better Beans Project" in 2009. Currently, AJWS's primary focus is: advancing "the Health and Human Rights of Women, Girls and LGBT People "so that they can "stop violence and discrimination, gain control over their lives and bodies, and live in health, safety and dignity."
Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because our farmer partners are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical trainings. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices.
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