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Evolution of the Kabbalah Center

Nearly 100 years ago in 1922, the Kabbalah Center began with Rav Yehuda Ashlag. He wanted to share the wisdom, and worked towards making it more accessible to others. When his time was done, he assigned the task of leadership and responsibility for spreading the wisdom to Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein who in turn passed the responsibility to Rav Berg.

The true beginnings of Kabbalah can be traced as far back as the 13th century. With the study of the Kabbalah becoming ever more intense, its concepts were combined with traditional Jewish beliefs and rituals. Belief of the souls movement through different stages were incorporated into religious teachings. By the 1800’s Kabbalah had become popularized throughout Europe and the Middle East by uncounted thousands seeking its wisdom.

One of them was Rav Yehuda Ashlag who later founded the Kabbalah Center. Born in 1885, he was still a young boy when he began studying Kabbalah, and became greatly interested in the work of Rav Isaac Luria (the Ari) from the 16th century. By the time he reached 36 his passion took him to Israel where he devoted himself to bringing Kabbalah out of the shadows into the light where everyone would benefit.

Rav Ashlag had a dream to bring the Kabbalah to 20th century mankind. He deeply felt that this would bring salvation to the many, not the few. In his eyes, every human was a potential vessel for God’s light, and with the right encouragement Kabbalah could change the path of mankind. Now, there are Kabbalah centers all over the world, and it spreads a little farther each day toward enlightenment for the entire human race.

In 1971 Rav Berg and Karen Mulchin married, but even before then she had convinced him to help her study Kabbalah. After a time he agreed to this and she became the first woman to publicly study it. Rav Berg said that he may have taught her about Kabbalah but she taught him about people. The day came when she told her husband they should share this wisdom with all men, women and children. At first he refused this rebellious notion, but eventually he agreed with her and together they changed the path of Kabbalah to include all humanity.

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Working Towards a Brighter Future with the Kabbalah Centre

The future of each individual student and society as a whole are the concern of the teachers of The Kabbalah Centre in providing a way of not only understanding the world we live in but guidelines for living a successful life. Teachings from The Kabbalah Centre are designed to provide every student with a successful way of impacting their own life and those of others in a way that should enable them to feel as though they have become closer to the Creator of all things, no matter which religion an individual chooses to follow.


Unlike many other religious groups the work of The Kabbalah Center has not been created as a way of trying to convert students to Judaism; instead, The Kabbalah Centre uses the scriptures known as the Zohar to show the root of all modern religions are based on a single universal wisdom that is often hidden from view by the life we lead each and every day. Students at The Kabbalah Centers range of global locations learn to look beyond the five sense we use each and every day to see less than one percent of the world around us. By opening up to receive the guidelines of Kabbalah and its teachings each student can learn to see more of life around us and discover the life that will bring fulfillment to the student.


Founded in 1922 in the U.S., The Kabbalah Centre first received official recognition in the 1980s when its teachers began traveling from New York and Los Angeles to major cities in Canada. The Canadian government gave The Kabbalah Centre tax exempt religious group status that led to the group beginning its spread across the globe to become a major international institution. A number of major celebrities have followed the teachings of The Kabbalah Centre and worn the simple red cord on the left wrist that is used by members of this religious group to ward off the effects of the evil eye, or bad luck.

The Kabbalah Centre: The Original Source Of Light

The Kabbalah Centre is one of the most organized facilities when it comes to Kabbalistic teachings. The educators at the center are members who are dedicated to the Kabbalah philosophies. The Centre originally opened in Los Angeles and in 1965 it was founded in the U.S. as The National Research Institute of Kabbalah. The Centre provides its sacred texts and other spiritual resources, such as Kabbalah Water to help nourish and guide the body into unity.

The Kabbalah Centre is a Los Angeles nonprofit organization led by the Berg family. It is one of the primary Kabbalah academic facilities in the world. The Centre recently recognized the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Av, identified as the holiday of love, and contributed more than 60 bags of supplies to an after-school program located in Boca Raton. In the mid-2000s, the organization purchased 3 homes in Beverly Hills for a couple and their two sons. As a league of righteous teachers, they continue to spread their love with honorable attributes. The Centre is about generating light and creating an empire full of growth and global presence. It is an organization that wants to make the ancient Jewish tradition more universal, and by doing so, they chose to create an online presence that would grow their global presence and unify the many facilities within the US.

The initial celebrity attracted to the Kabbalah Centre was Sandra Bernhard. In 1995, she began studying the Kabbalah and enjoyed the teachings so much that she introduced Madonna and Roseanne Barr to the Centre. In the late 1900’s, Madonna aided the mission of Kabbalah beliefs by promoting awareness of the Kabbalah Centre through her 1998 album “Ray of Light“. In all retrospect, this organization has touched many lives. And they continue to build awareness of the Kabbalah and its spiritual beliefs.