Coffee Cooperative Partnership

Central Reform Temple, under the leadership of Jennifer Coplon and Bob Frank, has created a partnership with the Delicious Peace (Mirembe Kawomera) Coffee Cooperative in Uganda. This coffee initiative is a union of over 1,000 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim coffee farmers founded in 2004 to build peace in their community. The Abayudaya Jews who live in rural Uganda saw this joint effort as a way to encourage farmers of the region to work together to invest in processing equipment and community programs. In order to guarantee market rates for the farmers and better quality coffee, Delicious Peace partnered with California-based Thanksgiving Coffee Company. This model serves as an example for other partnerships committed to sustainability and peace. Last July CRT members had a unique opportunity at Jennifer and Bob’s home to meet two of members of the Abayudaya community, one of whom (Yoash Mayende) was pivotal in creating this coffee cooperative.

In order to support this interfaith effort, please consider buying Mirembe Kawomera Dark or Light Roast coffee, which sells for $15.50 for a 12-ounce bag. If you buy $35 or more of the coffee, the shipping charge is waived. Otherwise, the shipping cost is $4.95, so we urge you to buy enough at one time in order to avoid paying extra for the coffee—and for increasing the total 5% return that we will then send to the Abayudaya community so that they can continue their noble initiative. So that Central Reform Temple is credited for your purchase, please go to the Home Page for our temple specifically:

store.thanksgivingcoffee.com/affiliates/default.aspx?Affiliate=10&Target=Home

The Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda is facing a school crisis with severely reduced funding available for its elementary and high schools, where Jewish, Christian and Muslim students learn and play together peacefully. It is heartbreaking to think of students whose education might be disrupted or who live too far to go elsewhere, or who might now face the past harassment that the Abayudaya schools have erased. Can you help them? Kulanu Inc., an organization that serves minority Jews around the world, has received a $10,000 challenge grant from the Estelle Friedman Gervis Foundation. The foundation will add another $10,000 to the first $20,000 raised! Please consider a donation to www.kulanu.org/donate and earmark your gift for the Abayudaya community of Uganda so it will be matched by the Gervis Foundation.

We are excited about this new collaboration and do hope that you will support it, especially if you enjoy delicious coffee.