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Kabbalah Centre Opens in Dupont

by Andrew Ramonas — September 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm 7 Comments

Kabbalah Centre at 1638 R St. NW

Dupont Circle now has a permanent location for teaching Jewish mysticism that has found devotees in Madonna and other celebrities.

The Kabbalah Centre opened an outpost at 1638 R St. NW this summer, student department manager Elisa Pittman told Borderstan. The location, the first Kabbalah Centre branch in D.C., is one of more than 40 offshoots of the organization in Los Angeles, London and other cities around the world.

Dedicated to passing on “universal wisdom that predates the Bible or religion and can be studied by anyone regardless of their faith or path,” the Kabbalah Centre offers classes, events and volunteering opportunities to a “global community of like-minded people on a spiritual path,” Pittman said.

Anyone can participate in the District branch’s activities or visit its bookstore, which sells Kabbalistic books and other publications.

“We’ve had a strong study group there for the past several years and the interest and desire of local people to connect to spirituality is growing stronger so we felt that it was a great time to expand and be able to accommodate that growth,” Pittman said.

The Dupont outpost is scheduled to have a grand opening celebration on Sunday, Sept. 18, with free food and lectures, as well as deals at its bookshop, according to a Facebook event post. The location that day also is collecting non-perishable food to donate to people in need.

Comments (7)

  1. This is a cult. Please remove this article or add a serious disclaimer. https://freedomofmind.com/Info/TheTruthAbouttheKabbalahCentre.php

  2. Bob's Your Uncle

    That article is more than 20 years old and the office that produced it was shut down after no longer being able to sustain its accusations on Kabbalah and other organizations.

  3. For instance:

    “I’d regularly be working from 9am until 1am, and sometimes I’d work all night, with just an hour for dinner,” Karen claims.

    She says she was told that her work would bring more “light” into her
    life, and that she was privileged to serve “the Rav”. “I was paid $35
    (£22) a month and was given space in a filthy one-bedroom apartment,
    sharing with four other young women. It was as if I was a slave.”

    This is not Kabbalah or Judaism.

  4. This is great! Really looking forward to learning more and to checking it out. Welcome to the neighborhood.

  5. Cool ! Kabbalah is a really interesting wisdom. I love the fact that you can study it no matter what your religion is.

    See you at the grand opening!

  6. The Kabbalah Centre run by the Bergs (Karen Berg and Michael Berg). It’s supposely a nonprofit religious charity, but run more like a family business. The Kabbalah Centre is not officially recognized by the organized Jewish community or mainstream Kabbalistic scholars in the US and Israel. It’s been called a “cult” and many former members describe how they were hurt through financial exploitation and abuse. See https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/26/kabbalah-religion-marcus-weston-madonna

    Marla Maples, Donald Trump’s second wife, has been involved with the Kabbalah Centre.

    Maybe the Bergs hope this will somehow garner them attention in Washington D.C.

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