Judaism and the Psychedelic Renaissance:
A Portland Gathering
July 10, 2022:
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 Jewish life and the first major gathering nationally in recent years.
Our aim was to create a space for new conversations in our community about the spiritual and healing potential of psychedelics and contribute to new thinking about Jewish identity and practice might be enriched by this dialogue.
Reflections on emerging Jewish spiritual practice, Oregon’s role in the psychedelic future, the meaning of Jewish intergenerational trauma in light of psychedelic healing modalities were just some of the topics that came out of the day (below is a full list of presenters.)
And so many meaningful connections were made on July 10: between people with a shared interest in the topic, whether experts or novices, between seekers and guides, and among those seeking to create Jewish psychedelic gatherings in Portland.
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 out of this beautiful day, Co/Lab will help connect those who want to create future social events and happenings connected to this topic. Stay tuned!
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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