Since 1922, Kabbalah has been providing insight into the divine secrets of the universe through its extensive educational programs. Rav Yehuda Ashlag was the first master kabbalist who modernized these ancient teachings, making these teachings accessible so that students could apply the teachings to their own lives.
When Rav Ashlag was no longer able to teach, he passed his leadership role down to Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein, who then passed it on to Rav Berg, who founded The Kabbalah Centre (then known as The National Research Institute of Kabbalah) in 1965. Since 1984, the flagship Kabbalah Centre has been located in Los Angeles, California.
Now the Kabbalah Centre exists in over fifty locations across the world, spreading its teachings of divine wisdom internationally. The history of this center is perhaps almost as fascinating as the teachings itself.
Rav Phillip Berg was born into an orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York in 1929. He became a certified rabbi in 1951. Shortly thereafter, he married his first wife, Rivka Brandwein, whose uncle would become his Kabbalah mentor. He met Rav Brandwein in 1964 in Israel, and upon learning the teachings of Kabbalah, he became a devoted kabbalist with a strong desire to share these teachings with the world.
In the mid-1960’s, Rav Berg founded the National Institute for Research of Kabbalah in new York, and due to his incredible understanding of Kabbalah, Rav Brandwein passed his leadership onto Rav Berg.
Soon after, Rav Berg married his second wife, Karen, and the two taught their unversally-accessible form of Kabbalah through the 1970s. They published many books on the subject, and began teaching out of a converted Queens, New York home. The movement quickly gained many followers, first throughout the United States, and then internationally.
Eventually, Rav Berg and his wife settled in Los Angeles, making their new main Kabbalah Centre residence in the city. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, the couple established several other Kabbalah centres across the world due to the growth of movement. They traveled the world extensively, working closely with local communities to spread the wisdom they possessed to others.
In 2004, Rav Berg passed away, and today his wife is the director of the Kabbalah Centre. She and her son continue to teach Kabbalah to the world, and Karen continues to publish successful books on the subject. Due to the outreach Karen and her late husband have accomplished, the future of the Kabbalah Centre will thrive for generations to come.