The Kabbalah Centre, in Los Angeles, California, is a non-profit organization. The Kabbalah Centre provides comprehensive courses on Zohar and Kabbalistic teachings. The organization provides its courses on the internet and at its regional and city centers. The Kabbalah Centre courses are also available through study groups located around the world.
The Kabbalah Centre International maintains a multi-ethnic staff of people from an array of different countries international. The staff is committed to Kabbalistic study for people all over the planet.
Historically, Rabbis considered the study of Kabbalah to be highly challenging. In the strictest approach to Kabbalah study, only men over a certain age were able to participate.
The LA Kabbalah Centre takes a more liberal, welcoming approach to Kabbalah study. People of any gender can participate. In addition, there are no real age restrictions. Finally, unlike traditionalists, there is no requirement that people who study at the Kabbalah Centre have a background in Jewish or Hebrew texts.
The Kabbalah Centre was established in the United States in 1965 in New York City. At the time of its founding, it was known as The National Research Institute of Kabbalah. It was established by by Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein.
The New York incarnation of the Kabbalah Centre was an offshoot of the Yeshivah Kol Yehuda in Israel, which was founded in 1922. In 1984, the Kabbalah Centre moved to Los Angeles. In addition to its main center in the City of Angels, the Kabbalah Centre has locations in other major cities, including Toronto, London, and New York.
A growing number of celebrities have gravitated to the Kabbalah Centre in recent years. Perhaps the best known is Madonna, the iconic pop singer. Not only does she participate in programming from the LA Kabbalah Centre, she has established branch locations. In addition, she has been financially supportive of the Kabbalah Centre.
Paris Hilton is another celebrity who is involved in the LA Kabbalah Centre. She explains that it has been vital in helping her keep a sense of balance in her life, including during more challenging times like her breakup with Nick Carter.