The Capital Region community will have an opportunity to purchase beautiful fair trade products and Judaica for this holiday season and help people in need through B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation’s Fair Trade Sale, Judaica Sale, and clothing and blood drives Sunday, Nov. 11.


                The Fair Trade and Judaica sales will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on-hand 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to collect badly needed blood donations, and the congregation will hold its semi-annual used clothing collection.


                All will take place at the synagogue, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.


                The Fair Trade Sale will feature exquisite items from all over the world including jewelry, textiles for the home, baskets, clothes, handbags, purses, scarves, children’s products, coffee, tea, chocolate and more from Mayan Hands, Woman’s Peace Collection, Every Basket Counts, Heartsounds Uganda, Kekeli Inc., Bosnian Handcraft Project, Beautiful Things, Ghana Baskets/Studio 55, Equal Exchange and others.


                Buying fair trade goods means buying products from producers in developing countries at a fair price.  It is a more efficient way of promoting sustainable development than traditional charity and aid.  Buyers have the ability to make a difference in the lives of the producers, who often cannot find employment in the countries in which they live.  Fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate are grown and produced sustainably.


                The Judaica Sale will feature beautiful items from the congregation’s Judaica Shop, offering a selection appropriate for all Jewish occasions as well as gifts for her, for him and for the home.


                In addition, B’nai Sholom will accept clean, gently used winter clothes and shoes for donation to those in need throughout the Capital Region.  Donors are asked to sort their clothes twice: by gender – male, female and unisex – and again by age – infant, child, teen and adult – and to label their bags.







                Lastly, the blood drive will welcome donors by appointment and walk-in.  Right now, the American Red Cross urgently needs blood donations.  To schedule a time, phone 1-800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcross.org.


For more information about the Nov. 11 sales and drives, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org  or contact the B’nai Sholom office: 518-482-5283, office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.