The Kabbalah Centre takes medieval Jewish mysticism and makes it relevant to people’s lives today. Founded by the late Rabbi Philip Berg, who believed that both Jews and non-Jews could benefit from Kabbbalah’s universal wisdom, the Centre offers classes to anyone who seeks fulfillment. The current Kabbalah Centre started in 1969, in Berg’s New York City home, however, the headquarters moved to Los Angeles in 1993. Today, there are Centres in more than 40 cities across the world.
Kabbalah’s spiritual teachings come from the Zohar, a 23-volume book written in ancient Aramaic. Berg, a true Jerusalem Kabbalist, simplified the more obscure teachings, which used to be reserved for male scholars over the age of 40.
For charitable giving, The Kabbalah Centre operates Kabbalah Centre Charitable Causes, which offers students at the Centres to practice one of the most important principles of Kaballah, sharing. At the Kaballah Centre, students learn that sharing is the only way to feel truly fulfilled, therefore, students have the opportunity to volunteer or provide financial aid to at-risk communities worldwide. Typically, each branch identifies needs in their community and finds ways to assist already existing charities. For example, The Kabbalah Centre of Boca Raton, Florida teamed up with two local organizations to donate money for food for people in need and volunteers to package the food for delivery. The Kabbalah Centre also teaches that an important spiritual law exists; the Law of Cause and Effect ensures that individuals reap what they sow.
The Kabbalah Centre offers numerous opportunities for learning and giving, for beginners and intermediate students who want to learn more about Kabbalah and its wisdom, because The Kabbalah Centre takes what used to be a secret wisdom and makes it accessible to all.
Adam Milstein is the co-founder of Hager Pacific Properties and the Milstein Family Foundation where he currently serves as Chairman. He’s helped establish and become a member of several non-profit groups whose mission is to promote the welfare of Israel and strengthen the relationship between Jewish and American communities. He’s on the boards of the Israeli-American Council, Jerusalem U, AIPAC, Birthright Israel, Students Supporting Israel, Hillel International, and StandWithUs. His work in business and philanthropy earned him recognition in the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews column this last year. Ideamensch, an independent entrepreneur’s blog wanted to know about Milstein’s career so they interviewed him not long ago.
Milstein discussed how he came to start Hager Pacific Properties along with his friend David Hager, and he said it came from a drive to do better than what most current job openings offered him at the time. It took him some time to acquire assets in the business, but he’s said the more he’s acquired the more structure a day in his work has. He’s said a big part of his success has been being willing to get things done on his own and not limiting himself too much to specific goals. Milstein also says philanthropy has become important to his daily tasks and that using Constant Contact helps him follow up both with business and philanthropy contacts.
Adam Milstein learned much of his work ethic from his father in the building framing business growing up in Israel. He’s the oldest of three sons and a former military veteran of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He married Gila Elgrably and has three daughters and now several grandchildren and enjoys spending time with all of them. He cofounded Hager Pacific Properties back in the early 1980s and started the Milstein Family Foundation in the year 2000. Jewish history and traditions are important to Adam Milstein, so he and Gila helped start Sifriyat Pijama B’America to teach families Hebrew and Jewish traditions.
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).