The Kabbalah Centre opened in Los Angeles, California in 1984, and is a non-profit organization with over fifty worldwide branches including New York City, Toronto, and London.
The Centre provides schooling online on Kabbalistic and Zohar teachings as well as through its city-based and regional centers and worldwide study groups. Philip Berg is the director and developer of the Kabbalah Centre and he works alongside his wife, Karen Berg. The Kabbalah Centre is made up of international, multi-ethnic staff who teach the Kabbalistic way and offer helpful guidance to students worldwide.
Rabbis traditionally believed that the teachings of the Kabbalah were too complex and too easily misunderstood to be taught to anyone other than mostly male, devout students who were over the age of forty.
The Kabbalah Centre supports the belief that all spiritual beliefs are merely branches of a universal wisdom and resemble the teachings of Kabbalah. The Kabbalah Centre has a strong association with astrology which is a part of Judaism and was studied by Jewish scholars during the Middle Ages. Kabbalah teachings also hold true to the belief that a person should be aware of their relationship with God above all else. In Kabbalah teachings, Light is considered to be the actual essence of God.
The Kabbalah Centre supports the idea that everyone has a connection to the spiritual world of light, as taught by the ancient concept of Klippot, but that it is actually blocked by Klippot, which is a restricting spiritual energy, from entering one’s physical being. It is believed that through vigorous study, one can remove the violence and negative behavior of Klippot.
Some Biblical passages are even thought to be codes to life as well as universal laws which Kabbalists and the Zohar have unraveled throughout history. The Kabbalah Centre has created a series of what is known as the Books of the Bible containing Kabbalistic excerpts to compliment the Torah’s weekly portion.
There is even a celebrity following by the rich and famous such as Madonna, who regularly studies with a Kabbalah Centre Rabbi, Mick Jagger, Ashton Kutcher, Ariana Grande, and Donna Karan.