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From generation to generation Jewish families around the globe gather annually in their homes for the traditional Seder meal to observe Passover, the story of the Exodus from Egypt and journey from slavery to liberation.
In order to bring awareness to the injustices of contemporary issues of human trafficking and slavery; the significance of a dessert-oriented Chocolate Seder provides an opportunity to stimulate meaningful dialogue about this timely issue affecting those enslaved (many of whom are children) laboring in the cocoa fields of Africa and Latin America where much of the chocolate available to us in the U.S. today gets its roots. According to the CNN Freedom Project/Ending Modern-Day Slavery, “The chocolate industry is worth an estimated $110 billion a year, and yet its key commodity is grown by some of the poorest people on the planet, in plantations that can hide the worst forms of child labor.”
At Temple Beth El of Boca Raton in Florida, the Social Action Committee is steadfastly supporting efforts to bring this serious matter to light, and on April 9th they will be holding a Women’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Slavery Chocolate Seder. Katariina “Kat” Rosenblatt, a survivor of human trafficking and founder of There is H.O.P.E. for Me will be the keynote speaker at “The Sweet Road to Freedom: A Jewish Women’s Chocolate Seder Raising Awareness about Slavery and Human Trafficking.
This Seder is representative of many others being held around the country focusing on the disturbing fact that slavery is still very much alive in our modern world. More than 200 guests are expected to attend this thought-provoking evening that will include a Seder of chocolate desserts made in ethical ways, sourced from chocolate makers locally who are part of a national renaissance of approximately 40-50 chocolate makers nationwide who make chocolate known as “American Craft Chocolate.” Some of the offerings will include both tasting and sipping chocolate, along with a Seder plate made out of white chocolate. For those who wish to create a dessert-style Chocolate Seder at home using fair trade chocolate, the tempting ideas are only limited to the imagination. Two of the recipes that will be highlighted during the Temple Beth El of Boca Raton Chocolate Seder will be popular “Perfect Chocolate –Dipped Strawberries” and No-Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake Shots. [RECIPES BELOW] The berries can be made ahead the night before and kept in the refrigerator prior to serving, and the cheesecake shots often made with crushed graham cracker crumbs will be made with crushed mandel bread in order to be compliant for Passover.
For consumers looking to enact change in the cocoa farming industry that ultimately is behind the chocolate products we enjoy; seeking out and purchasing Fair Trade certified chocolate (“from the farm to the bar”/ “from the bean to the bar”) is a means of supporting this effort to eliminate the exploitation of human lives. Fair trade certification ensures farmers receive a fair price, allowing them to invest in techniques that bring out the flavors of their regions, and strictly prohibits slave and child labor. Hosting a chocolate Seder is a tasty way to bring about discussion and enact change for the future of the chocolate industry and the human rights of all those who work in that industry.
Helayne G. Rosenblum
Helayne G. Rosenblum’s multi-faceted professional experience consists of more than two decades of multi-media copywriting, public relations, event and production coordination and client relations in healthcare, non-profit sectors, food, lifestyle and entertainment industries. She brings a vast background of expertise in the conception and execution of innovative copy and production for a variety of television, radio, digital and traditional publishing content. For more than 17 years she held the position of Senior Writer/Producer of the CBS Worldwide Distribution syndicated Mr. Food Television news segment; scripting all television segments, coordinating production shoot, and contributing to the public relations, publishing and licensing divisions. Helayne achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is a member of the UM School of Communication Dean’s Common Ground Society, the UM Alumni Society and Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive & Professional Women. She is a sought out business consultant to a multitude of companies, organizations and individuals; as well as a contributing writer to many other business and lifestyle publications.
No-Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake Shots
Yield: 6- 8 Cheesecake Shots
1 cup white chocolate chips or finely chopped bars 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut up in small pieces 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed About 4-5 graham crackers, crushed (or crushed Mandel Bread)
Directions: Melt the chocolate chips or bars slowly in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Stir in cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Set aside. Sprinkle each shot glass with about one tablespoon of crushed graham cracker. Put cheesecake filling into a zip-top bag. Cut the end and pipe into shot glasses. Lightly sprinkle crushed graham crackers (mandel bread) on the top. Cover and chill until set (about 1-2 hours).
Perfect Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Yield: Approximately 20 strawberries
One pound of large strawberries with stems, washed/dried & at room temperature
About 7 ounces of dark chocolate chips or finely chopped bars
Fill small saucepan with a few inches of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off heat but keep pan on the burner. Put chocolate into heat-proof bowl and put on top of saucepan, stirring until smooth. Line a cookie sheet or flat pan with wax paper. Holding strawberries by their stem, dip into chocolate. Twist strawberry to ensure total coverage. Let excess drip into bowl and place on wax paper. Strawberries should set in about 20-30 minutes
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COMMUNICATIONWe’re all about communication. Be it in our everyday lives or our business lives. But it is the listening skills rather than the speaking skills that are often lax. The quote about “The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand, we listen to reply,” is one that is frequently seen online in various forms. It certainly is eye-catching and food for thought. But if it doesn’t sink in and we don’t really take this advice to heart
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