Fair Trade Judaica is honored to partner with Divine Chocolate, supporting these cocoa farmers who are working hard to create thriving lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. As a farmer-owned company, Divine Chocolate exemplifies key Fair Trade principles - livable wages, safe working conditions, prevention of child labor, and environmental sustainability.
Our Jewish tradition inspires us to work for economic justice, ensure that workers are treated justly, and be responsible consumers, reflecting Jewish values of dignity and respect for the people who grow and create the products we consume. These values inspired Fair Trade Judaica's Guilt-free Gelt: the Chocolate of Change campaign with Divine Chocolate, beginning last year. Our partnership supports Fair Trade Judaica’s educational programs on ethical consumerism, linking fair trade principles with Jewish values of worker’s rights and environmental sustainability.
On Chanukah, we remember the Maccabees, a small band of fighters who challenged the larger culture and won religious freedom for the Jewish people. The farmers who grow Divine Chocolate cocoa are like modern day Maccabees, courageously struggling to build decent lives for their families. Our individual and communal purchases of Fair Trade Chanukah gelt are a tangible expression of dedicating ourselves to the Chanukah themes of liberation, identity and the freedom to express it.
We can express our gratitude for this freedom by saying this Kavannah, written by Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA:
"I hold more than chocolate in my hand. This product I have purchased is a mixture of bitter and sweet flavors; the sweetness represents the dignity and respect of cocoa farmers who own their own company. As Chanukah is an eight-day reminder that light can penetrate darkness, may this experience of tasting sweet freedom, the bounty of free people's work, inspire me to add more light to the world."
Founding Director, Fair Trade Judaica