Jewish Journal

  • Madonna brings Kabbalah rabbi Michael Berg to Rio


    November 10, 2009 | 12:14 pm

    Pop star Madonna brought a rabbi on a mysterious visit to Brazil.

    With an undisclosed agenda, Madonna landed in Rio de Janeiro on Monday on her private jet for a weeklong trip that might include a visit to social projects and a meeting with governmental officials.

    The singer...

  • Kabbalah Centre sues spin-off Universal Kabbalah Communities

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 1, 2008 | 10:42 pm

    Kabbalah changed Shaul Youdkevitch's life.

    The native Israeli had never been religious, then as a college student he discovered the esoteric teachings of Jewish mysticism and felt like a missing piece of his life had been put back in place. Soon after finishing school, Youdkevitch...

  • Fraud Arrest at Kabbalah Centre

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tel Aviv police have arrested the director of the Israel Kabbalah Centre, following complaints that he had fraudulently exploited a dying cancer patient and her husband.

    According to Israel media reports, the director, Shaul Youdkevitch, extracted more than $60,000 from Leah Zonis...

  • Roseanne Pitches Kabbalah Centre

    By Mike Levy

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Despite its location on Robertson Boulevard near Pico, the Kabbalah Centre is miles away from any traditional concept of Judaism. That hardly mattered to the 150 or so young, hip Angelenos who crowded into the center March 21. Eager to learn more about this blend of self-help...

  • L.A.'s Kabbalah Learning Center seems to attract many searching Jews, but criticism of it is widespread

    By Rob Eshman

    February 14, 1997 | 6:39 pm

    Mike Gold* had a successful small business, a nice home, a wife and two kids when he began to wonder about his soul. Questions about life’s meaning, about God and spirituality and his Jewish heritage would not go away. “I started studying Judaism by myself, and I realized,” he said,...