The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organisation which provides courses on Kabbalistic teachings and the Zohar. The organisation is located in Los Angeles, California but has numerous regional centres and study groups all over the world. The Kabbalah Centre teachings aim at providing students with spiritual tools established on Kabbalistic principles which the students can apply in their lives.
Rav Yehuda Ashlag founded the Kabbalah in 1922 in Israel. Later in 1965, Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein established the Centre in the United States as The National Research Institute of Kabbalah. The Los Angeles Centre was established in 1984. After the death of Rav Berg, Karen Berg and Michael Berg took over as the directors and spiritual teachers of the organisation.
The Kabbalah Centre seeks to provide an avenue for its students to improve their lives. To achieve this ,the teachers start by teaching the students the teachings of Kabbalah to provide them with the Kabbalistic principles. The attained principles can then be applied by the students to make better decisions in life and make the world a better place.
The Kabbalah Centre doesn’t present its teachings as a substitute for any other religion but as a supplement to the other religions. According to its aspects, the general observed spiritual and religious beliefs are mere subdivisions of a universal wisdom which explains the resemblances of various faiths like Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.
The Kabbalah Centre has a firm belief in stars’ divination with Rav Berg one of its founder having written numerous books on astrology during his career. The Kabbalah tradition has a strong belief that cosmic forces affects everything in our lives and knowing how to understand these effects can be very useful to any Kabbalist.
The Kabbalah Centre and its teachings have attracted many followers worldwide among them being renown celebrities. Celebrities like Madonna, Britney Spears, Demi Moore, Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Taylor and Paris Hilton have been associated with the Centre. Madonna, the American singer, is seen as the most active Kabbalah student among the celebrities who are associated with the Centre, she has a personal Kabbalah Centre rabbi, introduced Jewish rituals into some of her music videos and tithes regularly to the Kabbalah Centre. In 2006 Madonna teamed up with the Centre in the Raising Malawi project to provide relief aid to the African nation of Malawi.