The Jewish Fair Trade Project
Made up of Equal Exchange, T'ruah, and Fair Trade Judaica
We're proud to offer you Kosher for Passover and Fair Trade chocolate products that you may give as gifts, serve at seders, or sell for your synagogue fundraiser.
You'll find the following information below:
- How to place your order
- What is Fair Trade?
- What makes this chocolate "Kosher for Passover"?
- Why especially on Passover?
- Why T'ruah and Fair Trade Judaica?
- Resources on Jewish values, Fair Trade, and chocolate
- Kavannah for eating Fair Trade chocolate
Placing Your Order for Chocolate and Materials
- If ordering wholesale (by the case*):
- Start by creating a new account or signing into your existing account. Make sure to choose "Ordering for your organization?" when you sign up, and enter the name of your synagogue or organization. During the account creation process, you will be asked to select a religious affiliation. Please choose "Jewish" to select the select the Jewish Fair Trade Project to ensure that a portion of your purchases will benefit the organizations Fair Trade Judaica and T'ruah, as well as to receive a free packet of resources for Passover with your chocolate order.
Once you sign up and log in, wholesale prices will be displayed on each product page on the online store. Learn more about our wholesale program for community groups here.
*A case of chocolate bars is 12 bars, and costs $30 at wholesale pricing. A case of chocolate chips is 12 bags of chocolate chips, and costs $43.20. Prices effective as of 2/15/2016.
- If ordering retail (individual items):
- If you are ordering for yourself or a small group, you may not wish to order by the case. Individuals can purchase our chocolate bars, chocolate chips, and chocolate minis at retail pricing online as well. Choose the "Ordering for yourself?" option when creating an account — this will save your shipping information in our system for next time, and will also allow you to identify as Jewish when you log in, so we can send you special Passover resources with your chocolate order.
Any of the following 7 organic dark chocolate bars can be ordered as part of the Kosher for Passover program:
- Organic Very Dark Chocolate (71% Cacao)
- Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds (55% Cacao)
- Organic Lemon Ginger Chocolate with Black Pepper (55% Cacao)
- Organic Mint Chocolate with a Delicate Crunch (67% Cacao)
- Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate (80% Cacao)
- Organic Ecuador Dark Chocolate (65% Cacao)
Buy Chocolate Bars >
This link, by default, will show you individual retail prices. You must sign in as an organization to view wholesale prices.
Organic Dark Chocolate MinisBulk Bag (888 Minis)
Organic Dark Chocolate Minis Countertop Display Box (150 Minis)
Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (55% Cacao)
Organic Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (70% Cacao)
Other Fair Trade Products that are Kosher for Passover
Equal Exchange unflavored coffees and teas (those without oils) do not need to be specifically approved as "Kosher for Passover" if purchased before the holiday.
Bags of Organic Caffeinated Unflavored Coffee:
Organic African Roots, Organic Breakfast Blend, Organic Colombian, Organic Ethiopian, Organic French Roast, Organic Love Buzz, Organic Midnight Sun, Organic Mind, Body, and Soul
Boxes of Unflavored Teas:
Organic Black Tea, Organic Chai, Organic Darjeeling Tea, Organic English Breakfast Tea, Organic Irish Breakfast Tea, Organic Green Tea, Organic Green Tea with Ginger; Organic Mint Green Tea, Organic Chamomile, Organic Ginger, Organic Peppermint, Organic Rooibos
When you order a case of any chocolate products (including a box of 150 minis), you will receive 12 Kosher for Passover stickers to place on your chocolate items, 6 educational flyers, and 6 Jewish Fair Trade Partnership brochures. If you need additional stickers, flyers, or brochures, you may request these items from EE Customer Service at 774-776-7366.
The last day you can place your order and be guaranteed delivery before Passover is April 11, 2016.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a rapidly growing international movement that puts people first, rather than corporate profits. By purchasing fairly traded products you're helping to secure a better life for farmers and workers in poor countries.
Fair Trade key principles:
- A fair price that covers the cost of sustainable production
- An additional Fair Trade premium to be used for community needs
- No child labor allowed
- Gender equality
- Pre-harvest financing
- Environmental sustainability
- Safe and healthy work conditions
- Democratic workplaces and worker independence
- Transparent management and commercial relations
- Longer term more direct trading relationships which provide stability for producers
Fair Trade is especially important when it comes to chocolate products. More than 50% of all cocoa is grown in the Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), where there is documentation of young boys forced to work in the in the cocoa fields. Fair Trade provides third party oversight and policies which reduce the chance of child labor on farms.
What's Jewish about Fair Trade?
- A key tenet of Judaism is to pursue justice – "Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof" (Deut. 16:20). We can pursue justice by working for economic justice and making consumer choices that promote economic fairness for those who produce the products we use and depend on.
- The highest form of justice is enabling others to be self-sufficient. According to Maimonides, the great 12th century Jewish scholar, the highest form of tzedakah is entering into a business partnership or giving a person a job so that he or she can become self-sufficient (Laws of Gifts to the Poor 10:7). When we buy Fair Trade products, we are effectively entering into a business partnership with the artisan or farmer, and our partnership supports fair trade producers to lift themselves out of poverty.
- When goods are produced under unfair conditions, it is as if the livelihood of the producer is being stolen. Where child labor is involved, childhood itself is stolen away. The responsibility does not rest solely with the manufacturer but with us as ethical consumers. Maimonides teaches (in Hilchot G'neivah 5:1): "One may not buy stolen goods from a thief; to do so is a great transgression because it strengthens the hands of those who violate the law and causes the thief to continue to steal, for if the thief would find no buyer he would not steal, as it says, 'He who shares with a thief is his own enemy.' (Proverbs 29:24)"
What Makes This Chocolate Kosher for Passover?
The products offered through this fundraiser (on this website) are soy lecithin-free, meaning that they do not contain any soy products (kitniyot), which are prohibited on Passover for Ashkenazi Jews. Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University, has approved them as Kosher for Passover if acquired before bedikat chametz (the night before first seder). They are listed in the Conservative movement’s Passover guide under the category of items that do not need a special Kosher for Passover certification if purchased in advance. They are also vegan and gluten-free.
Why Especially on Passover?
Sanctifying these sacred times of the year by making ethical consumer choices is especially meaningful. The gift of freedom that our people received generations ago, and that we celebrate every Purim, Passover, and Chanukah, bestows upon us the obligation and responsibility to work for the liberation of all people. We are each endowed with "a strong hand and outstretched arms." Let us use them to extend freedom to others.
On Passover, we celebrate our freedom, and we often sweeten the celebration with chocolate. To eat chocolate on Passover knowing that it was likely produced with child labor is a bitter irony. In contrast, eating Fair Trade chocolate on Passover heightens our awareness and also allows us to take action – to vote with our pocketbooks – while also enjoying a treat.
Why T'ruah and Fair Trade Judaica?
T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is a multi-denominational Jewish movement that mobilizes our network of 1,800 rabbis and cantors, and more than 10,000 American and Canadian Jews, to bring a moral Jewish voice to pressing human rights concerns in North America and Israel. We bring the wisdom of Jewish text and tradition, and the power of the Jewish community, to the sacred work of protecting the human rights and dignity of all people. Our work on Fair Trade emerges from our campaign against modern slavery and human trafficking.
Fair Trade Judaica is building a Fair Trade movement in the Jewish community, linking 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. We accomplish this through outreach/education, and expanding the production, distribution, and sale of Fair Trade Judaica products.
Resources on Jewish Values, Fair Trade, and Chocolate
- Read about our Passover chocolate in The Jewish Week
- Info Sheet on child labor in the cocoa fields
- Fair Trade Principles
- Matrix of Jewish Values and Fair Trade Principles
- A Jewish Perspective on Fair Trade — a supplement to the Equal Exchange Curriculum
- Fair Trade and Human Rights
- Haggadah Supplement
- Passover Songs about Fair Trade Chocolate
A Kavannah (Intention) for Eating Fair Trade Chocolate
Every generation learns that things are more than they seem. This chocolate I hold is more than just chocolate. This is a symbol of potential freedom, a realization that foods that give me delight can be made without child labor. Joy need not be accompanied by pain or oppression. May I experience the sweet flavor of this gift as a hint of the freedom that birthed it. May the world know liberation, one person at a time, mindful act by mindful act, until all people are free.
— written by R. Menachem Creditor, Congregation Netivot Shalom (Berkeley, CA)