FOUNDER, THE KABBALAH CENTRE

Over four decades ago, Karen and her husband, Rav Berg, set out to make Kabbalah understandable and relevant to all people. Their goal was to teach the spiritual wisdom and tools of Kabbalah, without exclusion. They believed that learning Kabbalah could help people make their lives better, and by doing so the world would benefit.

Under their leadership, The Kabbalah Centre has grown from a single location into one of the world’s leading sources of spiritual wisdom, with more than 40 Centres around the globe. The Kabbalah Centre provides instruction and community to tens of thousands of students through books, classes, one-on-one learning, spiritual trips, and spiritual connections online and at physical brick and mortar locations.

As the Founder of The Kabbalah Centre, Karen Berg is devoted to an enduring vision— within each person is a spark of God that can be bound together to create transcendence beyond all differences.

Karen is certain that peace is possible and foresees a world free of hatred and intolerance. She works untiringly to cultivate a new paradigm of Global Spirituality through which people from diverse beliefs and no beliefs at all can work together to bring the world to a better place through mutual respect, dignity, and love for humanity.

To this end Karen has:

  • Created the international children’s program Spirituality for Kids, an online children’s educational program that supports children to find the spark of Light within themselves, within others, and within all things.
  • Founded Kids Creating Peace (KCP), a program designed to help children discover for themselves a place of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East. For the International Day of Peace in 2010, teenage KCP participants were invited to make a presentation on behalf of peace in the Middle East to the French National Assembly. In 2014, teenage KCP representatives attended the United Nations Youth Assembly at the UN in New York City, where Karen gave the keynote address.
  • Discussed human dignity and peace with many spiritual leaders including: His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Centres; Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi, spiritual leader of the Islamic House of Wisdom; Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder and CEO of the Agape Centre International; Bawa Jain, Secretary-General of the Millennium World Council of Religious Leaders; Mabel Katz, authority on the ancient Hawaiian healing method, Ho’oponopono; and Ilchi Lee, founder and developer of Brain Education and Dahn Yoga. Karen has also spoken with political and thought leaders including: President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority; Hilary Rantisi, director of the Middle East Initiative at Harvard University. In London in 2011, Karen spoke alongside Dr. Jehan Sadat, human rights activist and widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and later that year, hosted an event in honor of International Women’s Day with Ibtisam Mahameed, co-founder of the Women’s Interfaith Encounter, and Professor Galia Sabar, chair of African Studies at Tel Aviv University, both recipients of the Dalai Lama Peace Prize.
  • Authored four groundbreaking works: Finding the Light Through the Darkness: Inspirational Lessons Rooted in the Bible and the Zohar; Simple Light: Wisdom from a Woman’s Heart; To Be Continued: Reincarnation and the Purpose of our Lives; and Karen’s first and most revolutionary title, God Wears Lipstick: Kabbalah for Women.

Following Rav Berg’s passing in 2013, Karen continues to passionately lead and nurture the Kabbalah Centres around the world. She has expanded her efforts to bring peace to the world through spiritual unity and travels extensively. Karen meets with people daily, both personally and online, serving a worldwide community of more than 300,000 souls.

In 2017, Karen Berg launched her own official web site KarenBerg.com where students can learn more about Karen's vision of Global Spirituality and stay informed on upcoming speaking engagements. 

Karen has four children, sixteen grandchildren, and considers everywhere there is a Kabbalah Centre her home.

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How-To Series
Nov 7
Sara Yardeni

The study of Kabbalah offers us a wealth of knowledge, but how this translates to daily life can be a mystery. This course is designed specifically to help students apply kabbalistic wisdom on a practical, everyday level. Go beyond a basic understanding, and put kabbalistic tools and concepts to use! During each experiential class, students will discover how to use practical tools such as the 72 Names of God and the Ana Beko’ach. It’s one thing to learn the wisdom of Kabbalah; it’s quite another to use it. This “How-To” series will help you do both.

Community 6:30 pm EST, New York - Midtown
155 E. 48th Street, New York, NY
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2019-11-07 23:30:00 2019-11-22 00:30:00 UTC How-To Series The study of Kabbalah offers us a wealth of knowledge, but how this translates to daily life can be a mystery. This course is designed specifically to help students apply kabbalistic wisdom on a practical, everyday level. Go beyond a basic understanding, and put kabbalistic tools and concepts to use! During each experiential class, students will discover how to use practical tools such as the 72 Names of God and the Ana Beko’ach. It’s one thing to learn the wisdom of Kabbalah; it’s quite another to use it. This “How-To” series will help you do both. 155 E. 48th Street,New York,NY 10017
Kabbalah 2
Nov 21
Yosef Grundman

In Kabbalah 1, you learned the basics of the path to fulfillment. In Kabbalah 2, things get personal. Now we begin to delve deeply into advanced topics, striving to fulfill your true purpose through your relationship with yourself, other people, and the Light. Kabbalah 2 gives you the opportunity to work with a teacher one-on-one to help you apply the teachings in a way that’s practical and relevant to your daily life. Join us as we delve into profound concepts from ancient texts, such as the five levels of the soul, and engage in relationship workshops and kabbalistic meditations for transforming your stress into success. This is where we start to truly live Kabbalah.

7:00 pm EST, New York - Midtown
155 E. 48th Street, New York, NY
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2019-11-22 00:00:00 2020-01-31 01:30:00 UTC Kabbalah 2 In Kabbalah 1, you learned the basics of the path to fulfillment. In Kabbalah 2, things get personal. Now we begin to delve deeply into advanced topics, striving to fulfill your true purpose through your relationship with yourself, other people, and the Light. Kabbalah 2 gives you the opportunity to work with a teacher one-on-one to help you apply the teachings in a way that’s practical and relevant to your daily life. Join us as we delve into profound concepts from ancient texts, such as the five levels of the soul, and engage in relationship workshops and kabbalistic meditations for transforming your stress into success. This is where we start to truly live Kabbalah. 155 E. 48th Street,New York,NY 10017
Connecting to Rav Avraham Azulai
Nov 21

At Kabbalah Centres worldwide, we see men, women and children all gathered together – regardless of race, nationality or personal beliefs – to work towards the common goal of revealing the Light of the Creator. Such a diverse group of kabbalists was unthinkable for centuries – except to one righteous soul, who envisioned a future in which every single person studies Kabbalah. The 17th century kabbalist, Rav Avraham Azulai, planted the seed for how The Kabbalah Centre functions today. Rav Azulai emphasized that it is every person’s right to have access to this ancient wisdom. By studying, reading and discussing Rav Azulai's written works on his hillula, or the anniversary of his death, we draw his energy and receive the benefits of which his writings were intended: The complete and total removal of pain and suffering in the world.

9:00 pm EST, New York - Midtown
155 E. 48th Street, New York, NY
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2019-11-22 02:00:00 2019-11-22 04:00:00 UTC Connecting to Rav Avraham Azulai At Kabbalah Centres worldwide, we see men, women and children all gathered together – regardless of race, nationality or personal beliefs – to work towards the common goal of revealing the Light of the Creator. Such a diverse group of kabbalists was unthinkable for centuries – except to one righteous soul, who envisioned a future in which every single person studies Kabbalah. The 17th century kabbalist, Rav Avraham Azulai, planted the seed for how The Kabbalah Centre functions today. Rav Azulai emphasized that it is every person’s right to have access to this ancient wisdom. By studying, reading and discussing Rav Azulai's written works on his hillula, or the anniversary of his death, we draw his energy and receive the benefits of which his writings were intended: The complete and total removal of pain and suffering in the world. 155 E. 48th Street,New York,NY 10017