There are many celebrities that over the years have become interested in Kabbalah. Some are attracted due to the faith’s belief in helping others while some want a source of stability in a chaotic world. There are other reasons as well, such as Marilyn Monroe due Kabbalah’s concept of a close-knit family life.
One of the most well-known adherents to Kabbalah is Madonna. She has become so interested that she paid for a Kabbalah center to be opened near where she lives. Her reason was her belief that we’re here on Earth to help others and her faith helps her do that. Another adherent was Sammy Davis Jr. who wanted to be part of something larger and more important than himself. Davis even converted to Judaism because of the honesty and spiritual peace of Kabbalah made up for something he lacked. Another proponent of Kabbalah, Sandra Bernhard, said that it eliminated 80% of the chaos she was experiencing in her life.
Kabbalah Centre International was opened in Los Angeles, California in 1984. This nonprofit teaches Kabbalistic teachings online, in the center, and at its affiliates and study groups around the world. The center also provides courses that teach the Zohar, which is their religious texts. The center operates over 50 branches and some of the major ones are located in London, New York City, and Toronto.
The Kabbalah Centre starts its teaching with classes and sermons that don’t require the student to know Hebrew or have any previous knowledge of Kabbalah at all. The adherents of Kabbalah also hold to the belief that all types of religious and spiritual beliefs that people hold are branches of an ancient and universal wisdom. Due to this, the center is a supplement rather than a replacement for other religions.
The center offers their teachings in a number of formats. In addition to attending a center, they have an online website for learning, books, DVD’s, and prayer services. The center also has a supportive community that helps people to grow spiritually, exchange information, develop relationships, and encourages volunteering in order to help others.