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The Kabbalah Group

The Kabbalah Group

Fall Session: 7 Tuesdays starting November 8



The Kabbalah Group meets weekly to analyze and discuss the Mystical texts of this Ancient Jewish wisdom. Using classical text, the Group pries through the layers of our lives to find the hidden meanings and deeper realities around us.

Led by Rabbi Zalman Gordon

The Group meets on TUESDAY nights 8:00pm-9:00pm at the JCC.

New Session Beginning Tuesday, January 24

Topic: What happens when we mess up?

Studying The Letter of Teshuvah from the Tanya

To join please email


No one is perfect. We all do things we regret. What happens to our soul when we mess up? Is there a way to undo actions we regret or even grow from them? 

This session will study the Letter of Teshuvah from the classical Jewish mystical book Tanya about what happens to us when we mess up, how we can fix ourselves and how we can even grow as a result. 

The Kabbalah Group will meet weekly for this session on 7 Tuesday evenings from January 24 through March 7 from 8pm - 9pm at the Jewish Community Center.

Together we will study and discuss this fascinating essay and gain an understanding to this Ancient Jewish wisdom.

Membership in the Kabbalah Group is free. Prior registration is required. To join please email; or call me at 310-214-4999

Upcoming Kabbalah Group Semesters 

Winter Semester
WHEN: Tuesdays 8:00pm - 9:00pm
WHERE: At the JCC, 2108 Vail Ave.
DATES: 7 weeks; Jan 24 - Mar 7
TOPIC: What happens when we mess up?

Spring Semester
WHEN: Tuesdays 8:00pm - 9:00pm
WHERE: At the JCC, 2108 Vail Ave.
DATES: 7 weeks; May 25 - June 13
TOPIC: Is the Creator Wise? Can the Creator have human characteristics?

About Kabbalah

Kabbalah means 'received' or 'tradition'. It refers to a part of the Torah that was taught to Moses at Mt. Sinai but was then only taught to a select group of students. In each generation only those deemed able to fully understand the subject, were taught in secret. While much of Jewish thought and customs is based on Kabbalah teachings, most Jewish scholars were not aware of it.

The great Master and Lion, the Arizal simplified many parts of Kabalah in the sixteenth century and declared that it is now a Mitzvah to study Kabblah. In the town of Mezibuz in 1634, the Baal Shem Tov founded the Chassidic movement developing a method to explain most of the secrets of Kabbalah to every single Jew.

Today we can all be study Kabblah. However it remains a difficult subject that must be studied from a competent teacher who is faithful to its teachings. Please use our Kabblah Authenticity Checklist to ensure your Kabbalah teacher is authentic.

Kabbalah Authenticity Checklist

1. Is the Kabbalah being taught as a part of Torah and traditional Judaism?

Jewish mysticism is a part of Torah, any group that does not follow the Torah, Jewish Law or Jewish tradition is not authentic.

2. Does the teacher have a tradition that can be directly traced back to Moses?

To fully understand Jewish Mysticism you must have studied from a teacher who has a proper tradition. Find out who their teacher was and what their tradition is.

3. Are the teachings making sense or is it just numbers, letters and spiritual gibberish?

Kabbalah makes sense and can be understood by anyone. A true teacher must be explaining things that make sense, not how to group numbers, letters or different levels.

4. Is the Kabbalah being taught for ulterior motives?

Torah must be taught for no ulterior motive check that there is no financial or similar motivation.