A cannabis leaf adorns a traditional Passover Seder plate, which contains six spaces for symbolic foods that retell the story of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt. (Provided by Le’Or)

Your new Passover tradition: How to elevate Seder dinner with cannabis

Get tips on the best ways to add the ancient herb into a modern celebration. Oregon couple Roy and Claire Kaufmann are looking to inspire their fellow 'high-minded Jews'

For Portland-based couple Roy and Claire Kaufmann, the standard Seder plate used during the Jewish holiday of Passover needs an extra space. Ahead of the spring festival, which begins at sundown on April 22, the co-founders of Le’Or (Hebrew for “To Light”) have launched a cannabis-themed Haggadah encouraging “high-minded Jews to spark up Seder table conversations” at the ceremonial dinner to mark the beginning of the holiday.

Your new Passover tradition: How to elevate Seder dinner with cannabis
Claire and Roy Kaufmann, co-founders of Le’Or, a nonprofit group that advocates for legalization with a Jewish perspective. (Provided by Le’Or)

Jews have made other forays into cannabis — “Pot Shabbats,” cannabis-infused lox and Kosher certified weed — and now, Le’Or is hoping to start a new tradition with the official #CannabisSeder.

The drug policy reform nonprofit was founded in 2014 and advocates for legalization with a Jewish perspective. After hosting their first adults-only cannabis Seder in 2015 — sponsored by the organization’s biggest backer, Dr. Bronner’s — Le’Or set out to explore the spiritual connection to the plant, making it an accepted part of Jewish religious practice. This year, the Kaufmanns modernized the text of the historical prayer book and have made it available for download to use at your own Seder.

“It was a collaborative writing experience between my husband and I. The idea came to us because we wanted to provide an avenue of approachability to discussing the Drug War and as an opportunity to spark real dialogue about all freedoms,” Claire Kaufmann tells The Cannabist. “Freedom is what we celebrate on Passover, so it was the perfect occasion to incorporate cannabis.”

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The carefully set table for the inaugural Le’Or Seder Dinner in 2015 included different varieties of cannabis flower. (Provided by Le’Or)

The 30-page text of the Official Cannabis Passover Seder was not endorsed by a rabbi, but it contains all of the elements found in a standard Haggadah that guides the order of the Seder. The rituals of the dinner commemorate the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt.

“It was really important to us that it be a Kosher Seder with all of the traditional text intact. We just added the fun of cannabis. And just because you’re adding fun, doesn’t mean you’re not taking it seriously,” she says.

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Two guests team up for toking at the inaugural Le’Or Cannabis Seder in 2015 at Tropical Salvage’s showroom in Portland, Oregon. (Provided by Le’Or)

An opening letter along with legal disclaimers (consume at your own risk, adults-only, drive sober) and tips for what type of music to play, how much cannabis to provide and social media sensitivity sets the tone. And while a traditional Seder starts with the lighting of the candles, a group song and blessing of the first cup of wine, at this Seder it is only after the “B’samim: Blessing the First Bowl of Cannabis” when Passover truly begins.

Download the Official Cannabis Passover Seder for $4.20 here: jews-and-weed.myshopify.com. Proceeds from the tax-deductible donation support Le’Or’s engagement and education efforts.


And here are a few product picks to complement your cannabis-infused Seder:

Roll up joints in 24k gold so they’re just as pretty as the table.
Shine Papers, $55
Shop: shinepapers.com

Shine 24k gold rolling papers (Provided by Shine)
Shine 24k gold rolling papers (Provided by Shine)

And present them on a sleek wood tray.
Marley Natural Tray, $65 (small), $78 (large)
Shop: marleynaturalshop.com

Your new Passover tradition: How to elevate Seder dinner with cannabis
Wood tray for cannabis flower (Provided by Marley Natural)

Depending on Seder size, add an ashtray or two in between place settings.
Alessi Marianne Brandt Brass Ashtray, $125
Shop: shop-tetra.com

Your new Passover tradition: How to elevate Seder dinner with cannabis
Alessi Marianne Brandt Brass Ashtray (Provided by Tetra)

Put away your regularly used glass and splurge on a fresh new piece to pass around.
Marley Natural Spoon Pipe, $68
Shop: marleynaturalshop.com

Your new Passover tradition: How to elevate Seder dinner with cannabis
A clear glass spoon with wood base and mouthpiece. (Provided by Marley Natural)

This kind of Seder is inspired by the tradition of light, so swap lighters for a real flame.
Safety Match Jars, $12
Shop: urbanoutfitters.com

Your new Passover tradition: How to elevate Seder dinner with cannabis
Celebrate the old-school light. (Provided by Urban Outfitters)

Prepare a parting gift with a wrapped nugget of the Seder strain of choice.
May I suggest Kosher Kush?



Your new Passover tradition: How to elevate Seder dinner with cannabis
Marijuana matzo! The unleavened flatbread eaten during Passover, which this year will be Friday, April 22 through Saturday, April 30. (Provided by Le’Or)