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Re: Karen Berg's Kabbalah Center Sex Scandals
Posted by: Tzadik ()
Date: October 18, 2019 07:19AM

There is a new article on Kabbalah Centre published by Business Insider yesterday, 10/16/19.
Looks like a very well researched piece with a lot of information. Please follow the link below to read it:

[www.businessinsider.com]

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Re: Karen Berg's Kabbalah Center Sex Scandals
Posted by: Tzadik ()
Date: October 18, 2019 07:52AM

The highlights of the Business Insider article are below:

As Adam and Rebekah Neumann built WeWork into a $47 billion coworking giant, the couple relied on the teachings of the Kabbalah Centre, a spiritual organization whose high-pressure donation tactics have drained multiple former members' bank accounts, sources told Business Insider.

Kabbalah Centre Rabbi Eitan Yardeni was a regular sight at WeWork offices, where former employees said he helped put together at least one deal, met with company executives, and, in at least one instance, spoke with the entire company as a "spiritual counselor."

In conversations with Business Insider, former Kabbalah Centre members said Yardeni pressured them into making large donations to the religious sect, telling them that their spiritual health depended on it.

Because of their wealth and social connections, Adam and Rebekah Neumann were privileged members of the New York Kabbalah Centre, where their special status earned them unique privileges and proximity to Kabbalah Centre leadership. However, Adam Neumann left the center in 2017 during an exodus of frustrated teachers and students.



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Re: Karen Berg's Kabbalah Center Sex Scandals
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: October 18, 2019 08:53PM

Tzadik, this would be a great item for the CEI Cult News section. If you've not yet done so, could you put the headline and URL on the Cult News section? That'd be great...

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Re: Karen Berg's Kabbalah Center Sex Scandals
Posted by: ExKC ()
Date: November 27, 2019 08:54AM

New Article on Kabbalah Centre and Yehuda Berg in Vice Today

[www.vice.com]

Below is an excerpt from the article:

"Members of the previous chevre—one of whom once served as a spokesperson for the Centre—accuse the organization of being little more than a personal enrichment scheme for the Bergs themselves. The plaintiffs, the suit claims, were led to believe “that they would be spiritual workers who were to help enlighten humanity to the teachings of the Kabbalah. In reality, the individuals who control the Centre–the Bergs–“operate a cult that preys upon those seeking to improve the world through the performance of good works.” It also claims that the Centre’s “ultimate objective” is “to raise revenue and solicit donations that benefit the Individual Defendants and their families.”

The suit paints a portrait of the Centre as an organization that looks, in some ways, strikingly similar to how Scientology is said to operate, with a core set of rigorously dedicated staffers who set to work ferreting out both potential students’ weaknesses and their financials. The former chevre allege that they were instructed to engage in a “sophisticated marketing operation, learning intimate details about students’ lives in order to target particular students for particular donation requests.” The suit asks for damages and unpaid minimum wages, overtime wages, and “statutory and civil penalties.”

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