Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance Season 2 – Episode 8 – How To Prepare An Ancient Religious Tradition for a Psychedelic Renaissance

What are the implications of a psychedelic renaissance for religious and spiritual communities without a tradition of entheogen use? For the upcoming episode of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance, we will be joined by Rabbi Zac Kamanetz to discuss the significance of incorporating psychedelics into Abrahamic religions.

Date: Tuesday, November 10th

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST (8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST)

About Rabbi Zac Kamanetz

As a Rabbi, psychedelic advocate and educator, Rabbi Zac Kamenetz is on a mission to promote a spiritual awakening of the Jewish community in the 21st century. He hopes psychedelics will be provide a vehicle for healing, self-discovery and transformation, to alleviate centuries of collective trauma and enable Jews to reconnect with their faith.

Rabbi Kamenetz reconnected with his own Jewish heritage while on a school trip to Tel Gezer in the Judean Mountains, which culminated in a meeting with the divine. ““I felt a bolt of lighting…I become religious on the spot,” said Kamanetz.

Eager for others to share this enlightenment, he went onto study Judaism and recapture the religion from its stagnated dogmatism, ritualism, and factionalism. For it to be relevant and meaningful to Jews who will otherwise seek meaning elsewhere. This includes adopting new modalities to reach elevated states of consciousness and better representing Jewish mysticism in the religious community and psychedelic space.

Rabbi Kamenetz educates Jewish communities around the world on the ground-breaking research taking place in the psychedelic renaissance.  The Rabbi himself was a participant in Jon Hopkins University’s, which dosed members of the clergy with psilocybin to determine its effect on those deep rooted spiritual frameworks.

Founder and CEO of Shefa, which seeks to rekindle the mystical core of Jewish religion, Kamenetz hopes to become the first Rabbi certified as a psychedelic-assisted therapist. In this position he plans to use entheogens to empower his community to reconnect with the divine, while providing education on the perils of psychedelic misuse.

In the next installment of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance, Rabbi Zac Kamanetz will share his process for preparing communities without psychedelic experience for transcendental encounters. Many Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, have shunned the use of entheogens in modern times. Rabbi Kamanetz will explore the importance of re-envisioning theologies and practices by grounding the use of psychedelic sacraments within Jewish spirituality

You can read more about Rabbi Zac Kamanetz here.


Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance – Season 2 has three different price points , starting from $75.00 for the full 15 episodes. Single episodes are available for $15 each, with discounted rates for students, seniors and those affected by COVID-19. If cost is a barrier for your participation, please email webinar@mapscanada.org for a complimentary ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mapscanada.org/webinar

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