Sindyanna of Galilee is a women-led association that operates in the Arab population of northern Israel. We produce award-winning fair trade organic olive oil, za'atar spice mixes, carob syrup, almonds, honey, olive oil soaps and handicraft made by Arab women in the Galilee region.
We strive to strengthen the economy of the Arab-Palestinian population in general and to enhance the empowerment of Arab women in particular. Our organization is a unique Arab-Jewish cooperation which shows that a solution to the Middle East conflict begins with creating real economic opportunities.
International Women's Day - March 8, 2014
On a local level, we'll be at the Ma'an event in Tel Aviv under the banner of Working Women Unite. On a global level, we're publicizing the World Fair Trade Organization's call urging governments to make a positive change in women's lives around the world through a Fair Trade agenda. And closest to our hearts, the Jerusalem Post ran an article about our very own Insaf.
You can find the article, the statement and more info on the event on our IWD 2014 page.
Welcoming spring by planting Za'atar
To get our Scottish Grove project ready for spring we held a volunteer workday yesterday (Feb. 22). The Scottish Grove is a social-agricultural initiative based on Arab-Jewish partnership.
About 50 people joined us in planting Za'atar seedlings among the olive trees, including friends and family from Sindyanna, the Scottish Church, and the Scots Hotel in Tiberias. Thank you to everyone who joined us. See photos in our facebook and in Willie Freiman page and read the words of Rev. Colin Johnston. See you at our next event!
Hadas Lahav - Woman of the Week!
Hadas Lahav, CEO of Sindyanna of Galilee, was interviewed in La'Isha Magazine's ‘Woman of the Week’ Feature, in January 27th issue. La’Isha is Israel’s most prominent Women’s Magazine.
''Hadas Lahav is CEO of Sindyanna of Galilee, a Fairtrade association that provides employment for Arab women. The company’s olive oil has recently won first prize in the First Harvest (Rishon Hamasik) competition, run by Israel Olive Growers’ Association.''
Read the full article (translated into English).
Another Gold Medal for Sindyanna's Olive Oil
Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil won the Gold Medal at First Harvest (Rishon Hamasik), naming it the best EVOO in Israel for 2014 in the small producer category. It is the second year in a row that Sindyanna of Galilee Fair Trade has recieved this prestigious prize.
Read more here (in Hebrew).
A Visit From Our Swedish Partner IM Fair Trade
IM Fair Trade is an aid organization with projects all over the world. Their fair trade shop sells Sindyanna’s products including our organic olive oil and olive oil soaps. Mr Erik Törner, IM’s Head of Communication and Fundraising, visited Sindyanna of Galilee last November. He held interviews and wrote articles for the IM member magazine.
Bread and Roses Exhibition - Dec. 27/28
Bread and Roses is an annual art-sale exhibition for the benefit of ''Women and Work,'' a project by the Workers Advice Center (WAC-MAAN) and the Sindyanna of Galilee Fair Trade Association.
We invite you to join in solidarity between Jews and Arabs, workers and jobless, artists and women in agriculture. All proceeds from the exhibit will be dedicated to placing Arab women in workplaces and advancing economic, social, and cultural activity within the ''Women and Work'' project.
The exhibition will take place on Friday, December 27, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and again on Saturday, December 28, between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., at the Kastiel As Is complex, Alfassi St. 36, Tel Aviv-Jaffa. You can find more information on the Bread and Roses web site, and the official invitation.
''Fair Trade, Fair Employment'' Event - Dec. 22
Sindyanna of Galilee, a Fair Trade association, together with the Workers Advice Center (WAC-MAAN), the Bread and Roses art exhibit and the Italian NGO Cospe, invite you to a discussion on integrating Arab women into Israel’s labor market. The evening is organized in the framework of the Project Fair Trade, Fair Peace, funded by the European Union.
''Fair Trade, Fair Employment - For integrating Arab women into the Israeli labor market'' will be held Sunday, Dec. 22, 18:00–22:00 at Tel Aviv University, Naftali Building, Hall 001. More information can be found on the event's Facebook page.
Sindyanna at the Sunbula Holiday Bazaar
On Nov. 23 we participated in the holiday bazaar for Fair Trade held by Sunbula at the French Cultural Center in Jerusalem. Dozens of manufacturing organizations from the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem participated in the annual event. The colorful and rich event was orchestrated by Linda and Shirabe from Sunbula, who spread their smiles all over the place and created a good atmosphere.
The products on sale were mainly Palestinian handicrafts and embroidery articles, local delicatessen (such as jams, sweet and salty pastries), hand made jewelry and gifts. Our stand presented the products of the joint project Fair Trade Fair Peace, which is a cooperation with the Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans organization and the Italian organization COSPE. This is a unique cooperation of Israeli, Palestinian and international organizations.
Read more about the project in general and about the lovely bazaar in particular.
Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving!
Our friends at LUSH put together a lovely Happy Hanukkah gift package. It includes their Olive Branch shower gel which is made using Sindyanna's Fair Trade olive oil. You can also watch the video they made about Sindyanna on the right hand side of our patners page.
On this occasion we would like to wish a very Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving to all our friends!
Greetings from Anuga
As mentioned below, we're at the Anuga food fair in Koln, Germany this week. It is the biggest in the world and we are exhibiting our olive oil and za'atar in Hall 2.1 Stand C25.
We're also unveiling our new logo, tagline and overall look & feel (soon to be our web site as well). Tell us what you think on our Facebook page where you can also see plenty of other pictures of us in action.
Sindyann'a Olive Oil wins another medal!
The olive oil marketed by Sindyanna of Galilee has won a Prestige Gold Medal in Terra Olivo competition 2013 in Jerusalem. It is the 4th time in a row that Sindyanna's fair trade olive oil wins this award in one of the most important olive oil competitions in the world.
5 Star Fair Trade Rating for Sindyanna
Sindyanna of Galilee recieved the highest Fair Trade certification from IMO, one of the first and most renowned international bodies for inspection, certification and quality assurance of sustainable products which provides reliable quality control services and certification of organic, eco-friendly and socially-responsible products.
Delicious Recipe Using Sindyanna's Products
Sindyanna is not only the Scottish Church's partner in the Scots Grove, but also supplies products to the Scots Hotel in Tiberias. To see how Anat Ottolenghi, the hotel's chef, uses Sindyanna's olive oil and za'atar, head over to YouTube. In the video she prepares the perfect dish for these hot summer days - goat cheese wrapped in bread crumbs and za'atar, deep fried in olive oild, and served on a bed of goat milk yogurt and mint. Enjoy!
Organic Olive Groves
Sindyanna of Galilee has initiated a number of projects based on our core values of land preservation, environmental considerations, and commerce according to the principles of fair trade. Read more