The Kabbalah Centre International is a non business entity organization dedicated to the propagation of the ancient Jewish metaphysical tradition, the Kabbalah. The organization is also concerned with spreading awareness of the Zohar, the primary, core text of the Kabbalic tradition. For those who are unfamiliar with the Kabbalic tradition it can be best summed up as a ontological (concerned with the nature of being and existence) discipline primarily concerned with interpreting the nature of the Ein Sof, the eternal realm of the divine, and the mortal realm of man as well as discerning and contemplating man’s place within and between them. The Kabbalah Centre is not a explicitly religious organization and does not concern itself directly with any particular religion, nor does it attempt to “convert” any of it’s students as the Kabbalah teaches that knowing one’s self in relation to God is more important than trying to know God since He is ultimately unknowable.
The Centre was first founded in 1984 by the American rabbi, Philip S. Berg who was himself a fairly prolific author with most of his works primarily concerned with the history and interpretation of the Zohar and it’s teaching’s applications to one’s life journey. Alongside the works of Mr. Berg and several other well known rabbinic teachers, historians and authors and the Zohar the Kabbalah Centre International utilizes a wide variety of teaching tools and techniques to bring more information of the Kabbalic tradition to the world.
Since the Kabbalah Centre International is, primarily, a teaching and instructional institution and operates along pragmatic lines. New initiates to the Kabbalah Centre International can learn one of two ways, via online classes which can be arranged through the Kabbalah Centre’s website, or, they can enter one of their over 40 different brick and mortar workshops scattered throughout the world (though the Centre is headquartered in Los Angeles, California).