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.

Read more about the benefits of buying products with the FAIRTRADE Mark

How to become a Fairtrade Synagogue

To be part of the campaign by becoming a Fairtrade Synagogue your synagogue must commit to: 

  1. Use Fairtrade products wherever possible (at least tea, coffee and sugar) and to share this information with congregants.  
  2. Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and integrate Fairtrade into the life of your place of worship through other faith-based holidays, sermons and services.  
  3. Engage with other Fairtrade campaigns and connect with community groups, such as schools and towns, where possible.   

Read more on the Places of Worship Recomitment Guide (pdf).

We have also created a Jewish Guide to Fairtrade which 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.