Judaism and the Psychedelic Renaissance:
A Portland Gathering

A Day of Exploration, Learning and Connection

On July 10 2022 over one hundred people gathered from across Portland and as far as Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago to meet at the crossroads of psychedelics and Jewish life. The Gathering was the first of its kind in Portland and the first such gathering nationally in recent years. We started a conversation in Portland about the spiritual and healing potential of psychedelics and how these might contribute to new thinking about Jewish identity and practice. We are grateful to the many people who lent their time and efforts to helping this important event happen. First and foremost, Co/Lab-orators Seth Lorinczi and Donna Zerner, without whose vision and hard work it would not have been possible. 

Coming Up
in 2023...

Co/Lab will continue to build psychedelic Jewish community in Portland. Want to plug in?  Email Rabbi Josh (rabbijosh@colabpdx.org). And we’re busy planning the next Psychedelic Renaissance gathering for Summer 2023.


Scenes from 2022

Well over 100 people connected around their shared interest inJudaism and Psychedelics
Donna Zerner shares her "psychedelic Schtick" comedy.
Author Seth Lorinczi at the opening presentation on intergenerational Jewish trauma.

About the Day

National Speakers included Rabbi Zac Kamenetz, founder of Shefa: Jewish Psychedelic Support, and Madison Margolin, psychedelic journalist and co-founder of Double Blind Magazine.  

And we had a embarrassment of riches in local psychedelically thoughtful teachers: author  Seth Lorinczi, who spoke about Jewish intergenerational trauma; psychedelic guides Carolyn Fine, Julianna Bright and Justin Levy; Rabbi David Kosak of Congregation Neveh Shalom; Oregon activist and lawyer Jon Dennis, mindfulness teacher Kerry Goldring; and Donna Zerner, who shared her one-of-a-kind Jewish psychedelic stand up comedy.

In addition to the deep exploration and ideas that that were shared the day will be remembered for planting the seeds of Portland’s Jewish psychedelic community. Our final session was focused on laying the groundwork for future gatherings.

Video highlights from the Judaism and the Psychedelic Renaissance

Seth Lorinczi, Using Psychedelics to Heal Intergenerational Trauma (1 of 3)

Seth Lorinczi and Carolyn Fine, Using Psychedelics to Heal Intergenerational Trauma (2 of 3)

Seth Lorinczi and Carolyn Fine, Using Psychedelics to Heal Intergenerational Trauma (3 of 3)

Rabbi Zac Kamenetz, Keynote Address, The World That is Coming

Donna Zerner, “Psychedelic Schtick”

Jon Dennis, Oregon and the Psychedelic Renaissance

Julianna Bright, Carolyn Fine, and Justin Levy, A Panel of Psychedelic Guides

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