Sindyanna of Galilee – October 2012 Newsletter

Dear friends of Sindyanna,

It has been another very busy month for us here in the Galilee.

To our friends and partners in the US – we stand with you in solidarity during these difficult times following hurricane Sandy. We sincerely hope your life gets back to normal as soon as possible.

On our end, olive season recently started and all the farmers are in their groves collecting the latest crop of olives. After being picked from the tree, the olives are sent directly to the olive press to ensure that extra virgin olive oil is produced.

In the next few days the latest batches of Sindyanna's olive oil will begin arriving at our Kufr Kana factory, which will soon be filled with a fruity green aroma. We encourage all our customers to quickly order olive oil from the new stock before it runs out!

One final reminder – don't forget to click Like on our Facebook page if you haven't done so already, and forward it to your friends.

Yours as always,

Hadas Lahav

Planting Olive Trees at the Scottish Grove

On September 15 volunteers planted more than 800 olive trees at the first Fair Trade grove in Israel – the new Scottish Olive Grove in Nazareth – which is located on unused land belonging to Arab farmers in collaboration with the Scottish church. On September 28, another delegation arrived, this one from the Scottish church, and completed the project by planting even more trees.

The goal of this project is to economically empower the Arab population in Israel through agriculture, while contributing to environmental preservation using modern farming methods. You can read more about the project here.


 Basket Weaving Workshop in Wadi Fukin

During October three women from Kufr Manda travelled to Wadi Fukin to give a basic weaving workshop to ten students. Awatef Musa, Hasna Halila and Sarwa Hushan ran the workshop, which was supported by the Methodist Liaison in Palestine and Israel, and taught the women how to weave a variety fo products, and how to start marketing and selling their creations. Read the full story…


This is another collaborative venture that allows our Manda team to get out of the village for a few days to meet other women who want to become skilled in weaving. A similar week-long project was held in Nablus in September (Nablus workshop full story) in collaboration with our Italian partner COSPE and Palestinian partner BFTA. We hope to run many other similar projects in the future!

First Harvest of the Oasis Project

On October 20 dozens of volunteers, Jewish and Arab, from Tel-Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa nad Nazareth arrived to take part in the first harvest at Sindyanna of Galilee’s organic olive grove. The grove is the first multicultural plantation in Israel, promoting fair trade and Arab-Jewish solidarity. Read more on our web site.


How to Prepare Delicious Pickled Olives?

After picking the olives, the Sindyanna team started preparing them for pickling at our factory. Two months from now they'll be a gourmet addition to every meal!

We also held an olive pickling workshop at WAC's Haifa office. Volunteers in the community garden of WAC arrived on a rainy day to learn how to pickle olives from Oasis organic olive grove in Roha. Sindyanna donated the solidarity olives to strengthen Arab Jewish collaboration and understanding.

You can watch a short video on YouTube we created showing how olives should be prepared.


Khawla: A Mother and a Working Woman

Chihiro Imaizumi visited Khawla‘s house for the first time purely by chance. She had been fascinated by Arabic food since arriving in Israel from Japan for an internship with Sindyanna of Galilee, and wanted to learn the art of cooking. Khawla became Chihiro's first Arabic cooking teacher. Read Khwala's story.