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Psychedelic Research and the Future of Judaism

  • Afikomen Judaica 3042 Claremont Ave. Berkeley United States (map)

In 2017, Rabbi Zac Kamenetz joined the Johns Hopkins University Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit’s Religious Leaders Study. Over six months, Zac was given two large doses of psilocybin (the active compound in magic mushrooms) in a safe, clinical setting to investigate the effects and possible utility these compounds might have for spiritual leadership. Zac will talk about his experiences "on the couch", the process of integrating them into his daily life, and what our the Jewish communities might learn from the results of studies like these about the future of religion and understanding human consciousness.

Presenter Bio
Rabbi Zac Kamenetz is the director of Jewish Living and Learning at the JCC of San Francisco, the co-director of Beloved Berkeley, a home-based intentional Shabbat community, and the executive producer of the Shefa Podcast Network. Zac Kamenetz received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem and has degrees from the University of Maryland and the Graduate Theological Union. He is a qualified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, and lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.