Video: Veganize Your Seder Table With Carol Leifer

Emmy-Nominated Writer and Comedian Stars in New PETA Passover Video

For Immediate Release:
April 5, 2017

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Just in time for Passover, stand-up comedian Carol Leifer—the Emmy-nominated writer behind Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and much more—has teamed up with PETA for a new video in which she shares how to veganize your Seder dinner. And she’s an expert on the topic, joking, “I became so much of an animal lover years ago that I even became vegan—because I felt that as a Jewish lesbian, I wasn’t part of a small enough minority.”

In addition to the traditional (and already vegan!) bitter herbs, parsley, and charoset, Leifer’s Seder plate includes a beet instead of a lamb shank bone and, instead of an egg, a colorful plastic Easter egg. “Feel free to hide some candy inside to help your non-Jewish guests start to feel comfy,” she says.

She directs viewers to for vegan Passover recipes such as egg-free matzo ball soup—made with veggie broth instead of chicken broth—and vegan chopped liver, made with mushrooms. Other recipes include Israeli rainbow salad, mini potato kugels, and even vegan gefilte fish—a “slime-free version” made with veggies, matzo meal, and seasonings.

“And when all else fails,” says Leifer, “our beautiful wine, Manischewitz, is vegan.”

Leifer is part of a growing list of celebrities—including Sarah Silverman, Alicia Silverstone, Mayim Bialik, Jason Biggs, Marc Maron, David Cross, and many others—who’ve teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote kindness to animals.

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