The Kabbalah Center International is an organization that started in the United States. It offers lessons on certain teachings including the Zohar and Kabbalah. These lessons are offered through online courses and at the various centers and study groups around the world. The center is noted for its commitment to diversity. It has an international team of teachers who serve the worldwide student community.
The Kabbalah Center was first started as the National Research Institute of Kabbalah in 1965 by Philip Berg and Yehuda Brandwein. It was re-established as the U.S Kabbalah Center a few years later by Philip Berg and his wife, Karen. The center in Los Angeles was established in 1984. It is the headquarters of the Kabbalah Center. Karen Berg is currently a director and spiritual teacher at the school. It has more than fifty branches in several cities around the world today including New York City, Toronto, and London.
The teachings at the center help to introduce more people to Kabbalah and do not require a previous knowledge of Jewish doctrine. Kabbalah is considered to be a supplement to religion. The center accepts people from all religions as students. Many people have been students at the Kabbalah Center including notable personalities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Nicole Ritchie, and Ashton Kutcher. Madonna has been a devoted student of the Center. He partnered with the center to start the Raising Malawi project. The project provided relief aid to the less-fortunate residents of the country.
The center has been involved in several charitable initiatives since it was started through the Kabbalah Centre Charitable Causes. This is the philanthropic arm of the organization. They took part in the relief efforts after certain disasters including Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake, and the Tsunami in 2004. They support the Zohar Project, Spirituality for Kids, and Kids Creating Peace. The Kabbalah Center runs a scholarship fund for needy students who wish to learn Kabbalah but are not able because of finances. They give scholarships to students who wish to further their Kabbalah studies. More than 6,000 students have benefitted from the program. The number increases each day.