The Jewish Fair Trade Project
Made up of Equal Exchange and T'ruah
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?
- Resources on Jewish values, Fair Trade, and chocolate
- Kavannah for eating Fair Trade chocolate
Placing Your Order for Chocolate and Materials
If ordering for your organization:
Start by creating a new account or signing in to your existing account. Make sure to choose "Sign Up As A Wholesaler" when you sign up, and enter the name of your synagogue or organization.
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.
If ordering for yourself:
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.
Please choose "Jewish" from the menu when sign up:
When you choose the denomination, "Jewish," you are selecting the Jewish Fair Trade Project (JFTP) and are ensuring that a portion of your purchases will benefit T'ruah, the Equal Exchange JFTP partner.
Any of the following 8 organic dark chocolate bars can be ordered as part of the Kosher for Passover program. All chocolate products contain fair trade ingredients from fair trade cooperatives.
- Organic Very Dark Chocolate
- Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds
- Organic Extreme Dark Chocolate
- Organic Mint Chocolate with a Delicate Crunch
- Organic Ecuador Dark Chocolate
- Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate
- Organic Orange Dark Chocolate
- Organic Lemon Ginger Chocolate with Black Pepper
This link, by default, will show you individual retail prices. You must sign in as a Wholesale account to view wholesale prices.
Can't decide? Bring this gift of all eight Kosher for Passover, organic chocolate bars to your Seder host:
Organic Dark Chocolate Minis Bulk Bag (888 Minis)
Organic Dark Chocolate Minis Countertop Display Box (150 Minis)
Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 55% Cacao
Organic Bitterweet Chocolate Chips 70% Cacao
Other Fair Trade Products that are Kosher for Passover
Equal Exchange unflavored coffees (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
You may choose to add a free packet when you order a case of any chocolate products for Passover (including a box of 150 minis). The packet contains: 3 educational flyers, 3 JFTP brochures, and 12 Kosher for Passover stickers to affix to your chocolate bars. Type in item # 46221 with the number of packets you want, or ask your EE Customer Service Representative over the phone. If you find that you need additional stickers, flyers, or brochures, you may request these items from Customer Service at 774-776-7366.
The last day to place your order and be guaranteed delivery before Passover is March 19, 2018.
What is Fair Trade?
Fairly traded products are part of a system that puts people first instead of corporations. By purchasing fairly traded products, you're helping to secutre a better life for farmers and workers in developing 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 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 website have received approval as “Kosher for Passover” by Rabbi Aaron Alexander, ex-Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. They are listed in the Conservative Passover guide under the category of items that do not need a special Kosher for Passover certification if purchased in advance, and in the home before bedikat chametz (the night before first Seder). 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.
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.
Resources on Jewish Values, Fair Trade, and Chocolate
- 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
- Pesach songs with a fair trade message, that you can sing at your Seder
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)