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2015 Legislative Seder

Interest: Advocacy, Events & Celebrations, Human Need, Miscellaneous
Audience: Teens, College Students, Adults, Older Adults, Intergenerational, Singles

The Legislative Seder educates elected leaders on the important issues facing our Jewish community.

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An Olympia Tradition

For more than ten years, the Legislative Seder has been a Passover tradition in Olympia, Washington. Began as a way for Jewish elected leaders, lobbyists, and legislative staff as a way to observe Passover when their work at the Capitol prevented them from being with their families, the seder is now an important part of the Jewish community’s advocacy work on behalf of our community’s interests.

Building Community 
The seder brings together the Jewish and non-Jewish political community in Olympia for a bi-partisan chance to learn, socialize, and explore how the Passover story can inform their work on behalf of all Washingtonians. Participants are immersed in the Passover story with a full, traditional seder lead by a rabbi from our community. The seder is interactive. The program encourages participation from participants.

Issues Important to Our Community
Past seders have focused on the struggles of immigrants and refugees, the challenges faced by low-wage workers, and how the different Jewish traditions approach the Passover story. The 2015 Legislative Seder will emphasize the problem of food insecurity and hunger in our community.  


  • The Legislative Seder is the largest Jewish advocacy event in Washington State.
  • In 2013 33 legislative offices were represented at the Seder.
  • 12 community organizations sponsored the event including Jewish Family Service, Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, Temple Beth Hatfiloh, UFCW 21 and SEIU Healthcare 775NW.

Zach Carstensen
Director of Government Relations

About Zach Carstensen

Zach Carstensen has been the Government Relations and Public Affairs Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle since 2005. At the Federation, he led successful legislative campaigns in Olympia, Washington to create a Jewish hospice for Washington State, enhance Holocaust education and preservation, and expand Washington’s hate crime law. Before joining the Jewish Federation, Zach practiced insurance coverage law and was the Government Affairs Director for the Iowa Association of Realtors. He is a graduate of the Drake University School of Law (Juris Doctor, emphasis in legislative practice) and Iowa State University (B.S. in political science, Phi Beta Kappa).