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:
- Which products are Kosher for Passover?
- 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 (intention) for eating Fair Trade chocolate
Placing Your Order for Chocolate and Materials
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 "Coffee Project" drop down 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.
Learn more about our programs for Jewish groups and individuals here.
Chocolate Bars That Are Kosher For Passover
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
Can't decide? Bring this gift of all eight Kosher for Passover organic chocolate bars as a gift for your Seder host.
Seder Host Box
Passover Chocolate Bar Collection
(Will be available again for Passover 2020. Check for updated information on this page in February.)
Other Chocolate That Is Kosher For Passover
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. This packet is no longer available for 2019, but you may order the brochures separately.
The last day to place your order and be guaranteed delivery before Passover is April 9th, 2019.
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?
- Since Abraham, the mission of the Jewish people has been to "keep the way of the ETERNAL by doing what is just and right." (Genesis 18:19) Indeed, the book of Deuteronomy is in large part a blueprint for a just society, with special emphasis on treatment of the poor and marginalized. Even if reforming capitalism as an entire economic system is beyond our power, we can make choices as consumers that express our values, support workers, and point in the direction of larger systemic changes.
- 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 (charity) is entering into a business partnership or giving a person a job so that he or she can become self-sufficient (Hilchot Matanot La'Aniyim 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 Kosher for Passover page 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 brings a rabbinic voice and the power of the Jewish community to protecting and advancing human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories.
We do this by training and mobilizing our multi-denominational network of more than 2,000 rabbis and cantors, together with their communities, to bring our Jewish values to life through strategic and meaningful action. Our work on Fair Trade emerges from our campaign against modern slavery and human trafficking
Resources on Jewish Values, Fair Trade, and Chocolate
- The Other Side of the Sea: A Haggadah for Fighting Modern-Day Slavery
- 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
- Pesach songs with a fair trade message, that you can sing at your Seder
- Passover Resources from T'ruah
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, UJA-Federation of New York