July 2017 Update with Michael Berg

In this month's video update, Michael Berg shares a snapshot of the global impact we’ve made through programs like Kabbalah Publishing and the completion of the first ever Spanish translation of the Zohar, the Kabbalah Scholarship Fund, the Zohar Project, and Rav Berg's Eternal Flame in New York and in Tzfat, Israel. Take a moment to watch the video and learn more about how you can get involved.  

South Sudan Refugee Crisis

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, but quickly descended into civil war in December 2013. As the conflict has progressed and a man-made famine has spread across the country, tens of thousands have been killed and more than one million people — roughly nine percent of South Sudan’s population — have fled into neighboring countries.

To help address this urgent situation of human suffering, Kabbalah Centre Charitable Causes has partnered with iAID – a non-profit, non-governmental organization – to bring life-saving food supplies to South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Gulu, Uganda.

Watch the video message from Michael Berg to learn more.

Zohar Project Tour Announces New Dates

After many years of welcoming anyone who wishes to engage with the Zohar, it is time for The Kabbalah Centre to take its mission a step further but reaching beyond our walls, and bringing this unparalleled spiritual tool to people where they live.

The Zohar Project Tour is slated to do just that by visiting new locations worldwide in 2017, including, Denver, Chicago, Ecuador, and Berlin.

February 2017 Update with Michael Berg

We're happy to announce the launch of a new monthly video series aimed at engaging our supporters with updates about how their contributions are making a difference in the world. In this month's video update, Michael Berg discusses the mission of The Kabbalah Centre, and shares a snapshot of the global impact we’ve made through programs like Kabbalah Centre Teacher Training, Rav Berg Legacy Project, and more. Take a moment to watch the video and learn more about how you can get involved.

Zohar Project Tour Visits Haiti

The energy of the Zohar has always been the beating heart of all we do at The Kabbalah Centre. Rav Berg believed that there was no greater way to manifest blessings than to share the Zohar with others. In the early days of the Rav’s work, the very notion of welcoming people from every walk of life to study Zohar was revolutionary and, in many circles, quite controversial. Undaunted, the Rav went on to create The Zohar Project; it wasn’t enough to invite people in, the Rav wanted to bring the Zohar to the people.

In 2016, the Zohar Project’s volunteers continued the work of the Rav by traveling in teams to different cities, sharing the Zohar unconditionally, as part of the Zohar Project Tour. More than 22,500 Zohars have been distributed in U.S. cities including Austin, Detroit, Seattle, San Francisco, Charleston, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Nashville as part of this program.

Most recently, the Zohar Project Tour visited Haiti. Consumed by poverty and lacking in basic infrastructure, the people of Haiti face one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world. On January 15 - 19, a team of 25 Zohar Project volunteers shared 1,500 Zohars with hospitals, women's shelters, government offices and local families in Port-Au-Prince and Cite Soleil.

Kabbalah Centre Charitable Causes Announces New Partnership with Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA), in partnership with The Kabbalah Centre, will raise the walls for a new neighborhood in Downey, CA that will bring six affordable homeownership opportunities to the city. The wall raising and build day will take place on Wednesday, December 14th and also marks the beginning of a new, meaningful partnership between Habitat LA and The Kabbalah Centre.

“What makes a house a home is the love that goes into it. Working with Habitat is so wonderful because they don’t build places with walls and floors, they give volunteers a chance, through their effort and care, to help make a home. This is truly a circuitry of love and we feel grateful to be a part,” says Karen Berg, Spiritual Director of Kabbalah Centre International.

In addition to volunteer hours, The Kabbalah Centre is also providing $480,000 in total funding for the Downey neighborhood in an effort to provide strength and stability through homeownership to low-income, local families as well as to build Habitat homes outside of the US. The Kabbalah Centre is a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity’s work internationally and previously helped build homes and transform a community of one hundred families in Sri Lanka. Looking to make a similar impact with Habitat LA locally, the Centre has designated affordable homeownership and neighborhood revitalization as areas of focus for their organization.

“One of the most important spiritual principles we teach we at The Kabbalah Centre is giving back and sharing with people in need,” says Michael Berg, Director of Kabbalah Centre International. “The Kabbalah Centre is proud to work alongside Habitat LA to help bring decent housing to families in Downey.”

“We can’t thank The Kabbalah Centre enough for their partnership in Building a Greater Los Angeles,” says Erin Rank, Habitat LA President and CEO. “The six families who will eventually own these homes will be forever transformed thanks to The Kabbalah Centre’s generous contribution.”

Habitat LA has also committed $100 million toward increasing access to affordable homeownership opportunities and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout greater Los Angeles by 2020 as part of its Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign. This investment will benefit the local economy by building strong and stable homes in partnership with families, individuals, volunteers, municipalities and donors, which will bring strength and stability to local communities throughout greater Los Angeles.

The Kabbalah Centre is providing this funding as part of its international partnership with Habitat for Humanity, which includes a recently completed build project in Philippines in 2016, as well as support for Habitat’s work in response to the tornadoes that devastated Moore, Oklahoma in 2014 and the 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015.

“Habitat for Humanity International is excited to partner with Habitat LA and The Kabbalah Centre,” says Jeremy Kraut-Ordover, Habitat International Deputy Director for Individual Giving. “Close to home and around the world, The Kabbalah Centre and Habitat are bringing people of all faiths together to help families gain strength, self-reliance and shelter.”

Transforming Lives in Sri Lanka

A nearly thirty-year war in Sri Lanka left Rasina and her family huddled in a temporary shelter made from sticks.

With six people in such a small space, there was no privacy and little protection from the elements. Snakes and scorpions were regular visitors. Rasina lived in constant fear that her children would be bitten or fall ill due to the flooding during monsoon season. Hundreds of families faced the same challenges upon returning to Sannar Village after years of being displaced by the civil conflict.

That’s why, beginning in 2013, Kabbalah Centre Charitable Causes (KCCC) committed to bringing housing and humanitarian aid to families like Rasina’s.

KCCC is the charitable giving program of The Kabbalah Centre, dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to people in need in partnership with other non-profit organization. Our mission is not only to lead these individuals out of darkness, but also to give Kabbalah Centre students the opportunity to light the way.

Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, KCCC identified 100 Sri Lankan families – 50 Muslim and 50 Hindu – who were in desperate need of secure shelter. Many beneficiaries had been living as refugees for years and not only did they assist with the construction of their own new homes, but they helped to build their neighbors’ too.

The construction in Sannar Village was completed in the summer of 2016 with the giving over of 100 permanent shelters, 23 tube wells, and 10 water tanks. Through financial support from our donors, 100 children were given education kits, and their families received agro-based livelihood support. Now school attendance is up and papaya cultivation is once again on the rise.

With a safe home comes new hope. Rasina now has a sewing room, and takes on orders to supplement the family income. Her children, Vidhushan and Kamsiga, sleep peacefully, protected from the rain and snakes. “We would not have been able to do this in our lifetime,” Rasina says, “if not for the help we received.”

On behalf of Rasina and all the villagers in Sannar, we’d like to say thank you to our generous donors. Your support is changing lives around the world in meaningful and measurable ways.