Shortly after Madonna showed interest in Kabbalah, several other Hollywood celebrities followed suit – even though some left after some time. Madonna got so interested in the Jewish faith that she established several Kabbalah centres, besides investing heavily in the study of the ancient Jewish tradition. Other Hollywood stars must have tapped something from the obvious dedication of Madonna to Kabbalah, and therefore decided to join. Some of the celebrities who joined include Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Sandra Bernhard, the late Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sandra Bernhard.
One would therefore wonder; what is it with Kabbalah that attracts many non-Jewish stars? While explaining what she gained from Kabbalah, Sandra Bernhard told the LA Times that it took away 80 percent of the problems characterizing her life. Paris Hilton said a similar thing to More Magazine of the Great Britain. Apparently, when she split up with her partner, Nick Carter, she found her strength when she went to Kabbalah Centre at Los Angeles – immediately after the breakup. She admitted to the fact that she still goes there as the teachings help her to manage her life in a more practical way than she did before.
Other celebrities such as the Late Sammy Davis joined Kabbalah for other reasons, other than to deal with their personal problems. He was just interested in becoming an important part of a 5000-year-old history, and also have the opportunity to hold on to a non-material thing capable of giving him the inner motivation to be able to turn the other cheek when need be. Sammy Davis confessed to having experienced a deep emotional tie with Judaism.
A non-profit organization, the Kabbalah Centre International is located in LA, California. It offers courses on both the Zohar and Kabbalistic teachings. Lessons are usually done over the Internet and in their city-based centres, as well as through study groups across the world.
Alongside his wife Karen Berg, Phillip Berg, the director of the centre, is the one who developed the presentation of Kabbalah. The centre sources teachers from different parts of the world with diverse ethnic backgrounds. Philip founded the Kabbalah centre in the US, in 1965. It was first known as the National Research Institute of Kabbalah. However, the one located in Los Angeles was opened in 1984. Kabbalah Centre has more than 50 branches in different parts of the world including Toronto, London, New York City and Los Angeles.