The Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre opened its doors in 1984. The center relocated to LA from New York City, where it had been in operation under a different name. The New York City derivation of the Kabbalah Centre was established in 1965. It was an outgrowth of an organization founded in 1925 in what is the State of Israel today.
The Kabbalah Centre makes it clear that it does not represent an independent spiritual practice that excludes other religions and organizations. Rather, the teachings and practices of the Kabbalah Centre and Kabbalah itself are designed to supplement those associated with other religions.
The Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre has a more flexible approach to people becoming a part of its courses and practices. Unlike more traditional Kabbalah practices, the LA Kabbalah Centre does not require a person joining its classes to have a background in Hebrew or Jewish readings and texts.
In addition, the Kabbalah Centre is open equally to men and women. In traditional Kabbalah practices, entry tends to be rather restricted, most often to men over the age of 40.
Two of the people associated with the LA Kabbalah Centre that are best known to the general public are singer Madonna and hotel heiress Paris Hilton. Both women have been highly active in the LA Kabbalah Centre.
Madonna has been involved with Kabbalah for about two decades. In addition, she is a major financial backer of the Kabbalah Centre. She has also been instrumental in starting some branches of the LA Kabbalah Centre in other cities.
At the present time, there are over 50 branch locations of the LA Kabbalah Centre located around the world. This includes branches in major cities like London, Toronto, and back again in New York City, where the roots of the Kabbalah Centre in the U.S. are found.