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Celebrities and the LA Kabbalah Centre

The first real elements that have become the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre were developed in New York City in 1965. The Kabbalah Centre was known as The National Research Institute of Kabbalah at that time. It was founded by Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda TzviBrandwein.

Prior to its establishment in the United States, what would become the LA Kabbalah Centre was known as YeshivahKol Yehuda. YeshivahKol Yehuda itself was created in 1922 in what is the current state of Israel.

Located in the City of Angeles, the Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization. The LA Kabbalah Centre as initially established in 1984. Since its founding in California, the LA Kabbalah Centre has provided individuals from all walks of life with courses on both Zohar and Kabbalistic teachings and practices.

The various courses available from the Kabbalah Centre are provided today in an array of different settings. These include those courses the provided directly at the LA Kabbalah Centre as well as in other community-based centers. Kabbalah study groups are in place around the globe. Kabbalah instruction and related services provided by the LA Kabbalah Centre additionally are found online.

At the present time, there exist over 50 Kabbalah Centre branches situated around the world. Major localities with Kabbalah Centre branches in addition to LA are London, New York, and Toronto.

The Kabbalah Centre is a considered a diverse organization. The Kabbalah Centre staff includes multi-ethnic teachers providing instruction and related guidance to students across the planet.

Madonna remains one of the best known adherents of Kabbalah. Because of her association with the Kabbalah Centre, Madonna has established number of different branch centers. She also is financially supportive of the Kabbalah Centre.

Other famous individuals associated with the Kabbalah Centre are Paris Hilton and Sandra Bernhard.

Other famous people involved with Kabbalah are Sammy Davis, Jr., Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor. A growing number of Hollywood actors celebrities are also connected with the Kabbalah Centre.

The Founding and Growth of the LA Kabbalah Centre

Hollywood celebrities have been associated with the practice of Kabbalah and the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre for an extended period of time. Actors who have passed on and were involved with Kabbalah to varying degrees in their lifetimes include Sammy Davis, Jr., Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.

A growing number of Hollywood actors, together with other celebrities, have become associated with the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre. Perhaps the most famous person in this group of celebrities is iconic songstress, Madonna. Madonna has been involved with the practice of Kabbalah for years, and is a major figure associated with the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre.

Madonna has been instrumental in establishing different branch centers associated with the Kabbalah Centre. In addition, she is a major financial supporter of the Kabbalah Centre.

Paris Hilton is another current celebrity who is associated with the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre. She has told interviewers that the LA Kabbalah Centre was instrumental in assisting her in getting through challenging periods of her life. This included her notorious breakup with Nick Carter.

The LA Kabbalah Centre opened its doors in 1984. Prior to commencing operations in Los Angeles, the Kabbalah Centre was located in New York City. While in New York City, the Kabbalah Centre was known as The National Research Institute of Kabbalah. The National Research Institute of Kabbalah started its operations in 1965.

The National Research Institute of Kabbalah was derived from the YeshivahKol Yehuda in Israel. The YeshivahKol Yehuda was established in 1922, even before the founding of the modern Jewish state.

People interested in accessing Kabbalah learning through the Kabbalah Centre do not need a background in Jewish or Hebrew texts. This represents a significant departure from the manner in which Kabbalah practices and traditions historically were taught to people interested in it. As a result, the LA Kabbalah Centre has made Kabbalah far more widely accessible to women and men from all walks of life.

From the West Coast to the East Coast and Back, Jonathan Veitch becomes an Occidental College President!

Education in Spain needs to make a bit of a leap in my opinion.  And I read about some people like Jonathan Veitch, his books and what he’s done in the American education system to make things better.  A good liberal arts college has always interested me, and they are harder to find in Spain, so this guy really has my interest piqued.

Occidental College in Los Angeles, California got a new president in the summer of 2009. Jonathan Veitch succeeded the then interim president Robert Allen Skotheim who had stepped in after the previous president resigned in December 2007. Occidental College is a liberal arts institution where President Barack Obama once studied. Let’s explore the life of Jonathan Veitch until he became the 15th president of the college.

In 1959 Jonathan Veitch was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended southern California’s Loyola High School before graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then studied at Harvard University where he received an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization. In December 1992 as reported by The New York Times, Jonathan married Sarah Kersh at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University.

After serving as a professor for four years at the University of Wisconsin, Vietch moved on to become an associate professor at The New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York City. Here he taught literature and history and served in several capacities that included chair of humanities. He then became dean of the Eugene Lang College which is the liberal arts division of The New School. While chairman of humanities, Veitch penned his first book, American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. This award-winning work was published in 1997. In the book, Veitch examines the letters of Nathanael West as well as the short stories, novels, and screenplays.

Veitch also has a unique connection with the Hollywood film industry. The film star Alan Ladd made many movies in the 1940s and the 1950s. Ladd was Veitch’s step-grandfather. Veitch’s father was John Veitch who became president in 1979 of the worldwide productions division of Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles.

When Jonathan Veitch accepted the post at Occidental College, he became the first Occidental president who was a native Angeleno since he was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has worked at improving relations with the neighboring community and has created partnerships with other cultural institutions in Southern California. In 2013 he revealed a 1 megawatt solar array which will produce part of the energy supply needed on campus. It is estimated to save the college over $200,000 a year! Jonathan and Sarah Veitch live in the Wallis Annenberg President’s House on campus with their three children.