Well here’s a shock. That completely ridiculous kaballah group started by Karen Berg and her family is being sued for fraud after soliciting huge amounts of money to build a headquarters and a charity and then apparently absconding with the money.
The Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre is being sued for over $1 million by former followers in two lawsuits alleging fraud and misuse of funds.
Both suits were filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Nov. 27 and claim that the Centre pressured the plaintiffs “to give money until it hurts,” in order to receive “the light” from its leaders, Karen Berg and her adult sons Yehuda and Michael.
Carolyn Cohen, a San Diego real estate broker, said that she and one of her companies lost some $810,000 to the Centre, which, she claimed, “engages in a pattern and practice of raising funds … for the purpose of enriching itself.”
San Diego business owners Randi and Charles Wax, the other plaintiffs, alleged losses of $326,000. In both cases, the plaintiffs said they were told that the donations were earmarked for a new Kabbalah Centre building in San Diego and for a children’s charity.
But, they said, the new center was never built and the charity abruptly ceased operation.
Now I know what I’m about to say isn’t a sophisticated analysis but I think it works well as a rule of thumb: If a religious group starts selling magic water and is endorsed by Madonna and Ashton Kutcher, there’s a very high probability that it’s a massive steaming pile of bullshit. See: Scientology.