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August 11, 2011
On her new live comedy album, "I Love Being Me, Don't You?," Sandra Bernhard careens from acidic commentary about Angelina Jolie's lips to her daughter's recent bat mitzvah gift wish — a Japanese toilet — to how kabbalah "went all wrong. " Now, Bernhard will perform some of that material live — along with plenty of new comedy and music — in her latest staged show of the same name. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St. 8:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17-20; 7 p.m. Aug. 21. (213)
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December 3, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
Former supporters of the Kabbalah Centre have sued the Los Angeles-based spiritual organization for fraud, alleging the misuse of more than $1 million they contributed to a building fund and charitable causes. “Kabbalah Centre has engaged in a pattern and practice of raising funds . . . for the purpose of enriching itself and others associated with Kabbalah Centre,” according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Carolyn Cohen, a San Diego County real estate broker and president of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Nicolas Cage got himself arrested in New Orleans over the weekend. Luckily for him, Dog the Bounty Hunter was there to bail him out. ( Los Angeles Times ) With a full lineup of 21st century bands, Coachella was no nostalgia fest this year. ( Los Angeles Times ) The TV Land Awards, however, were a total nostalgia fest. ( Los Angeles Times ) After seven straight weeks of depressed box office, movie grosses appear back on track.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
Former supporters of the Kabbalah Centre have sued the Los Angeles-based spiritual organization for fraud, alleging the misuse of more than $1 million they contributed to a building fund and charitable causes. "Kabbalah Centre has engaged in a pattern and practice of raising funds … for the purpose of enriching itself and others associated with Kabbalah Centre," according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Carolyn Cohen, a San Diego County real estate broker and president of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012
"Hatfields & McCoys" fired off its last rounds with another ratings record. History's three-part miniseries about the 19th century clan feud starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton drew 14.3 million viewers for its final episode Wednesday night, making it the most-watched scripted entertainment program in the history of basic cable TV, according to Nielsen. In fact, all three parts of the miniseries now occupy the Top 3 spots in the cable record books. Monday's premiere drew 13.9 million, while Tuesday's middle chapter gathered a clan of 13.1 million.
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October 4, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Madonna dares to reveal one very personal truth in an essay for "The Daring Issue" of Harper's Bazaar: When she was young and trying to make it in New York City, she was raped at knifepoint.  The pop diva tosses off the information almost as an aside, as if it's something she has compartmentalized over time. "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be," she writes . "It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times.
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September 4, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
Before the Blob, the Fog, the Thing or Phantasm, there was "The Dybbuk." "(In Jewish lore), a dybbuk is a displaced migrant soul that attaches itself to the body of a living person and inhabits it," said Bette Ferber, who is staging Russian playwright S. Ansky's work, opening Saturday at the Back Alley Theatre in Van Nuys. "It's a title everyone knows, but when you mention it, nobody seems to have seen it or read it. I'd never seen it or read it. . . ."
OPINION
September 24, 2004 | Yossi Klein Halevi, Yossi Klein Halevi is an associate fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and author of "At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God With Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land" (HarperCollins, 2002).
Madonna's visit to Israel last week, as part of a High Holidays pilgrimage organized by the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre, was greeted here with an enthusiasm deeper than mere excitement at the presence of a pop superstar. Israelis were understandably grateful to her for showing solidarity with their besieged country and for defying the fear of terrorism that has kept so many tourists away. Her very presence reminded Israelis that they still had friends around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, one of the most revered Jewish holy men in Israel, who also taught the mystical form of Judaism called Kabbalah, has died. He was believed to have been at least 104. Kaduri, who was admitted to a Jerusalem hospital earlier this month with pneumonia, died Saturday, Reuters news service reported. During his life, followers flocked to his Jerusalem home to receive blessings, and politicians visited seeking to boost their popularity among devout Jews who saw him as a sage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
Former supporters of the Kabbalah Centre have sued the Los Angeles-based spiritual organization for fraud, alleging the misuse of more than $1 million they contributed to a building fund and charitable causes. “Kabbalah Centre has engaged in a pattern and practice of raising funds . . . for the purpose of enriching itself and others associated with Kabbalah Centre,” according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Carolyn Cohen, a San Diego County real estate broker and president of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Madonna dares to reveal one very personal truth in an essay for "The Daring Issue" of Harper's Bazaar: When she was young and trying to make it in New York City, she was raped at knifepoint.  The pop diva tosses off the information almost as an aside, as if it's something she has compartmentalized over time. "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be," she writes . "It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | Harriet Ryan
On a trip to Israel in 1964, Philip Berg, a high-flying insurance salesman from Brooklyn, crossed paths with an aging rabbi renowned for his grasp of kabbalah, an esoteric strain of Jewish mysticism. Neither Berg nor kabbalah would ever be the same. The organization he founded after returning to the United States, now known as the Kabbalah Centre, transformed a field once reserved for the most elite of Orthodox yeshiva scholars into a lucrative pop culture phenomenon. His new-age repackaging of the ancient wisdom of the Torah was embraced by many gentiles and celebrities, including Berg's most famous student, Madonna, but his approach was derided by mainstream Judaism as superficial and inauthentic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities have taken over an investigation into the management of an elderly heiress' fortune by a key figure at the Kabbalah Centre, police said Tuesday. A supervisor with the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, which had led a criminal probe into the handling of the housebound widow's affairs, said the department turned over files concerning her longtime business manager, John E. Larkin, to federal agents last month. Sgt. Steve Barber declined to name the agency but said its focus was "financial activities" involving the 88-year-old heiress, Susan Strong Davis, and Larkin, a veteran Hollywood business manager who helps oversee the Kabbalah Centre's money.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012
"Hatfields & McCoys" fired off its last rounds with another ratings record. History's three-part miniseries about the 19th century clan feud starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton drew 14.3 million viewers for its final episode Wednesday night, making it the most-watched scripted entertainment program in the history of basic cable TV, according to Nielsen. In fact, all three parts of the miniseries now occupy the Top 3 spots in the cable record books. Monday's premiere drew 13.9 million, while Tuesday's middle chapter gathered a clan of 13.1 million.
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April 9, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Susan Strong Davis, an 87-year-old widow, spends the day inside her Palos Verdes Estates home, tended round-the-clock by nurse's aides. For company, relatives say, she has her dog, the television and, on increasingly rare occasions, memories of the glamorous socialite's life she once lived. "She definitely has some sort of dementia," said Viki Brushwood, a niece who visited from Texas in December. "I don't know if it's Alzheimer's or what. She is somebody who is not making decisions anymore.
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October 18, 2011 | Kim Christensen and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Jewish mysticism is the spiritual bedrock of the Kabbalah Centre, but its finances are built on real estate investments, donations and the marketing of religious books, classes and merchandise. As a tax-exempt religious organization, the center is not required to disclose any aspect of its finances, which are under investigation by the IRS. But public records, lawsuits and a former high-ranking employee's resume all provide glimpses of its balance sheet and business dealings. An online resume posted by Nelson Boord Jr., a former chief financial officer who left the center in 2009, said it had annual revenue of $60 million, a $60-million investment fund and $200 million in real estate holdings around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan
Rabbi Philip Berg, the founder of the Kabbalah Centre , which attracted celebrity followers and controversy with its New Age and financially lucrative presentation of ancient Jewish mysticism, has died.  The Los Angeles-based spiritual organization announced the death of Berg -- known to followers as the Rav -- on its website Monday. Berg had been in ill health since 2004 when he suffered a stroke. The center said he was 86; public records indicate he was 84. In a statement, the center praised Berg for popularizing kabbalah, saying he “created a path for millions to learn and live” a field of study previously reserved for an elite circle of orthodox Jewish men. RELATED: Times 2011 series on Kabbalah Centre “Today we believe the Rav has begun to share with us from above, and we will all happily remain connected to and inspired by the Rav's soul and his vision,” the statement read in part.  Known for an impassioned teaching style in which he used aspects of modern life to make the struggles of biblical figures more relatable, Berg ran afoul of orthodox leaders angry that he was teaching what they considered an inauthentic brand of kabbalah to an unsuitable audience.
OPINION
August 7, 2005 | JOEL STEIN
I THOUGHT BEING A JEW was going to carry me. But after two seasons of making sitcom pilots that didn't land on the fall schedule, I needed a new religion to further my Hollywood career. I was going to have to choose between Scientology and Kabbalah. Scientology not only has some really big celebrities involved -- Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Beck, Juliette Lewis, Doug E.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2011
On her new live comedy album, "I Love Being Me, Don't You?," Sandra Bernhard careens from acidic commentary about Angelina Jolie's lips to her daughter's recent bat mitzvah gift wish — a Japanese toilet — to how kabbalah "went all wrong. " Now, Bernhard will perform some of that material live — along with plenty of new comedy and music — in her latest staged show of the same name. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St. 8:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17-20; 7 p.m. Aug. 21. (213)
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