Rabbis traditionally maintained that the teachings of Kabbalah were so terribly complex that they could be easily misunderstood. Therefore, traditionalists believed that Kabbalah should only be taught to experienced students, who were nearly always male and over the age 40. The Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre changed this tradition. The LA Kabbalah Centre is open to a wide range of persons interested in the teachings and practices of Kabbalah. This includes people with no background in Hebrew and Jewish readings.
The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles opened its doors in 1984. Before that time, the Kabbalah Centre was headquartered in New York, where its doors opened in 1965. The Kabbalah Centre in the United States is an outgrowth of Yeshivah Kol Yehuda in Israel.
When the organization started in the United States in New York, it was called The National Research Institute of Kabbalah. The New York organization was established by Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein.
The Kabbalah Centre is a nonprofit organization. In addition to its center in Los Angeles, it has branch locations in over 50 cities around the world. This includes major branches in Toronto, London, and New York City. In addition, the Kabbalah Centre offers courses online and through a multitude of study groups internationally.
Celebrities have been attracted to the study of Kabbalah for a long time. This includes some well-known Hollywood icons like Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Marilyn Monroe.
Singer Madonna is the best known Kabbalah adherent today. In addition to her own commitment to study Kabbalah, she has established branch locations of the Kabbalah Centre. In addition, she is financially supportive of the organization. She has been involved with the LA Kabbalah Centre for a couple of decades.
Paris Hilton represents another famous individual who is connected with the Los Angeles Kabbalah Center. She has told reporters that she holds the Kabbalah Center responsible for allowing her to maintain a sense of balance in her life. She indicated that the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre was invaluable to her when her relationship with singer Nick Carter came to an end.