A not-for-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the Kabbalah Centre opened its doors in that city in 1984. Prior to its establishment in Los Angeles, the Kabbalah Centre was run out of New York City, beginning in 1965. While in New York City, the precursor to the Los Angeles center was called The National Research Institute of Kabbalah.
Prior to its establishment in New York City, what became known as the Kabbalah Centre was an outgrowth of the YeshivahKol Yehuda in Israel. The YeshivahKol Yehuda actually predates the Jewish state and was founded in 1922. The U.S. derivation was the brainchild of Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda TzviBrandwein.
Since the doors opened to the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre, the organization experienced significant growth. This includes the creation of over 50 branches located worldwide. In addition, a significant number of Kabbalah Centre are in place, also internationally. Finally, the teachings and practices of the Kabbalah Centre can be accessed online.
Celebrities have been associated with the Kabbalah Centre in its different U.S. incarnations. This includes such Hollywood stars as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
In today’s world, iconic singer Madonna is probably the best known celebrity to be attracted to the Kabbalah Centre. She is responsible for establishing satellite centers in different locations.
Paris Hilton and Sandra Bernhard are two other celebrities that are associated with the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre. Hilton maintains that the Kabbalah Centre has allowed her to enjoy tranquility even during challenging times in her life.
The Kabbalah Centre in LA departs somewhat from traditional practices. The Kabbalah Centre does not require a person to have a background in Hebrew or Jewish writings before starting a course of study with the organization. This unique practice of the Kabbalah Centre has opened the doors to Kabbalah practices to a broader spectrum of men and women, from all walks of life.