At GJC, World Fair Trade Day will be celebrated as part of Shabbat services on May 13, 2017. In the words of the original Fair Trade Day organizers, fair trade makes “a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation…and the economic crises that have the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.” Fair trade standards include setting stable and sustainable prices for producers, insuring workers receive a fair wage, and eliminating child and exploitative labor. Having access to sustainable prices allows producers to plan for the future instead of only being able to focus on their day-to-day survival. By integrating Fair Trade into our lives, we can help build better lives for individuals around the world.
Come to Shabbat services on May 13, as each minyan examines Fair Trade issues through the following key questions: Is there a Jewish commitment to Fair Trade? Do we as Jews have an ethical obligation to try to assure that all workers are treated fairly?