Kabbalah is the ancient wisdom that was formed before God brought the Jewish people together to form the nation of Israel. If you have been searching for the right church to attend, maybe you should consider studying the basic principles at a Kabbalah Centre. Kabbalah is an amazingly simple, yet intense understanding of spirituality; it is not a religion, but a study that is designed to help the student make better decisions in their everyday lives through a connection with the spirituality of mind, body and soul and the connection to the Ultimate Source.
Even though the study of Kabbalah has been around for centuries, the students continued to meet in small groups. It wasn’t until the early 1920s that Kabbalah Centres were developed for the purpose of studying Kabbalah. In 1922, the first Kabbalah Centre was established in Israel by Rav Yehuda Ashlag, and in the 1960s, the Bergs moved from America to go to Israel to study. They stayed 10 years, and then they moved back to the U.S. and established the first Kabbalah Centre in America in New York City. They taught classes and began to translate the ancient documents into English and other languages, so more people could study.
Within two decades, the NYC Centre moved to San Francisco and today there are 40 Centres and Study locations around the world. Centers were built in Arizona and Boca Raton, too. By the late 1990s, the Internet opened up the world, and the Bergs established the Kabbalah University online, which allowed people who could get the Internet to study the Kabbalah principles online. This opened up the ability to study Kabbalah tremendously, and today the Bergs son leads the University.
But, the online study of Kabbalah doesn’t allow students to come together like the physical, brick and mortar Centres do. The Kabbalah Centres have dinners so the members can get to know each other and do volunteer work in their communities. Karen Berg believes that volunteer work is extremely valuable and is a practical way to demonstrate the basic principles of the Kabbalah beliefs, and she prefers the interaction that the students have as well.