The Secret History of Jews and Drugs
David Ingber was named by Newsweek as one of 2013’s top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States as well as by The Forward as one of the 50 most newsworthy and notable Jews in America. Rabbi David Ingber promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. A major 21st Century Jewish thinker and educator, his rich perspective, open heart and mind, and full-bodied approach to Jewish learning has brought him to speak throughout the United States and worldwide throughout Canada, Europe and Israel.
Rick DoblinFounder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986.
Jessica ChaffinActress, comedian, and writer
Jessica Chaffin is a writer/performer, Emmy-Nominated Consulting Producer on HBO’s Hacks, and host of the popular podcast ASK RONNA.
Dan CraneHost of The Kibitz
Dan Crane is a journalist, musician, Jew (lax, loves lox) and retired professional air-guitarist. He writes about culture and travel for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, California Sunday, Slate, and numerous other publications. He’s the author of “To Air is Human” and stars in the documentary, Air Guitar Nation.
Moshe KasherHost of Kasher vs Kasher
Moshe Kasher has written for several films, series, and specials including Betty for HBO, Little America for Apple, Wet Hot American Summer for Netflix, Another Period, the Comedy Central Roasts for Comedy Central, and ZOOLANDER 2. Last year, Moshe and his wife Natasha Leggero released a three-part comedy special for Netflix, “The Honeymoon Stand-Up Special” – based off of their wildly successful podcast entitled The Endless Honeymoon. He also co-hosted the popular podcast The Champs and is the host of The Hound Tall Discussion Series on the Nerdist Network.
Additionally, Moshe can be seen in his 2017 Comedy Central talk show, Problematic with Moshe Kasher. Named one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch,” he makes frequent appearances on This Is Not Happening and Drunk History and has also appeared on the series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, @midnight with Chris Hardwick, and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Kasher has also had roles on Portlandia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The League, Shameless, Maron, Garfunkel and Oates, and The New Normal.
Earlier in his career, Moshe wrote the 2012 memoir Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 and had his first Netflix special debut – Moshe Kasher: Live in Oakland.