Why your synagogue should back Fairtrade;
Fairtrade is making a real difference to the lives of more than 7 million farmers, workers and their families in 59 developing countries.
Faith groups are key supporters of Fairtrade and more and more synagogues are making the connection between trade and poverty and committing to using Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits.
Faith groups, including synagogues, organise hundreds of events throughout the year and particularly during the annual Fairtrade Fortnight, as well as including prayers and readings about Fairtrade in their worship.
Many have also worked to have their support of Fairtrade officially recognised by being accredited as Fairtrade Places of Worship.
The first Fairtrade Synagogues were in Birmingham in 2006 and since then a growing number of Jewish communities have committed to using and promoting Fairtrade products in their synagogues.
It is support that is spreading the word about why Fairtrade is important and helping to guarantee that farmers and workers in the developing world receive a fair and stable price for their produce.
You can read about the benefits of buying products with the FAIRTRADE Mark here.
How to become a Fairtrade Synagogue
If you would like to join the growing number of Fairtrade Synagogues, your Synagogue Council must meet three goals:
- Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which you have responsibility
- Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
- Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible
Once you have achieved the three goals, you can apply for Fairtrade Synagogue status by simply downloading the Synagogue Application Form and returning it to us by post to Fairtrade Synagogue Application, The Fairtrade Foundation, 5.7 The Loom, Gowers Walk, London, E1 8PY or by email.
How you can show your support for Fairtrade
There are lots of other ways you can support Fairtrade and make a real difference to promoting the fight for justice in international trade. And we can offer lots of advice, support and promotional materials to help you.
A Jewish Guide to Fairtrade is a packed educational resource with Jewish sources on poverty and sustainability, activity ideas that your school, synagogue or workplace can get involved in, and a list of Kosher Fairtrade products. You can also order copies of this online or by calling 020 7440 7676.
The Jewish Action Guide 2011 has Jewish sources on trade justice, messages of support from community leaders and activity ideas that you can use to spread the word about Fairtrade. You can also order copies of this online or by calling 020 7440 7676.
Join the online Fairtrade Faiths Discussion Group to share ideas, information and experiences with synagogues and other faith groups from all over the UK. You might also like to see the long-running online Fairtrade Towns Discussion Group where you can discuss events, activities and where to find Fairtrade products.
The Fairtrade Foundation works together with the Jewish Fairtrade Campaign to support you and your community to express Jewish values everyday with your consumer choices. You can find out more at www.fairtradekippot.org/our-campaign or email Fairtrade@jhub.org.uk