Watch Comic Carol Leifer Share Her Hints for a Vegan Hanukkah

Carol Leifer has been making us laugh for a long time as a stand-up comic and writer for shows such as Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Now, she’s showing us how to celebrate a cruelty-free Hanukkah.

Because Carol is both Jewish and a compassionate eater, she’s the perfect person to show us how to veganize the holiday. She—and two little ones—walk us through the elements of creating an animal-friendly and festive event.

Hanukkah is a time of celebration, with gift-giving, games, gelt, and special dinners served over eight nights. It’s a reminder that all suffering matters and that freedom should be celebrated. There are many cruelty-free ways to celebrate, including by creating vegan versions of traditional Jewish recipes (egg-free latkes are real!), using cruelty-free versions of both menorah candles and dark chocolate gelt, playing games with our families that teach compassion toward animals, and more. Carol shows us the way.

latkes, gelt, jelly doughnuts

If you’re looking for inspiration to celebrate a vegan Hanukkah, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our guide, which has recipes for cruelty-free potato latkes, jelly-filled doughnuts, and more:

A holiday celebration without meat, eggs, dairy “products,” and other animal-derived foods is the perfect way to honor farmed animals, who are confined and slaughtered in cruel ways and denied everything that’s natural and important to them.

What better time is there than Hanukkah to celebrate freedom for all animals? A vegan lifestyle does that—every day—by not exploiting them for food.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind