Madonna's Raising Malawi charity: Kabbalah chiefs send warning

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Kabbalah chiefs send out e-mail memo warning of disgruntled former members bringing darkness after the collapse of Madonna's Raising Malawi charity
Kabbalah rips 'dark' forces
Last Updated: 2:39 AM, April 1, 2011
Posted: 2:17 AM, April 1, 2011

Kabbalah leaders claim a rash of negative stories -- including the collapse of Madonna's Raising Malawi charity, lawsuits and a reported IRS investigation -- can be blamed on disgruntled former members who "have now turned against us."
In an e-mail to members of the Kabbalah Centre yesterday, Karen Berg, wife of center founder Philip Berg, wrote: "It is especially painful and disappointing that there appears to be a small group of individuals who are trying to discredit The Kabbalah Centre. We consider all our students to be part of our family -- including those who have now turned against us.
"In sharing Kabbalah with the world for the last 40 years, we learned the many ways chaos and darkness can manifest themselves. . . . We understand that the darkest part of the night is just before the dawn."
Madonna founded Raising Malawi with Michael Berg, son of Karen and Philip, in 2006. They've now scrapped plans to build a $15 million girls' school after $3.8 million was spent without breaking ground, and are being sued by eight workers.
Berg said the center's "formal role with Raising Malawi has come to a conclusion." She had tough words after Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman reported the center and the Bergs were being probed by the IRS.
She wrote, "An Internet blogger, who regularly trafficks in rumors about the entertainment industry, has written that there is a federal inquiry underway . . . We have received no formal or official notification from the government . . . but we fully intend to work cooperatively to support an examination of our activities."
Kabbalah Centre lawyer Mathew S. Rosengart added last night, "The center has still not received any official notification of any investigation." We reported last year that the center had been hit by false rumors of a sex scandal which were blamed on a disgruntled former student.
A different student told us last night, "Somebody has turned against us and is doing everything he can to destroy us. Will Madonna be here to worship this weekend or will the scandal force her away?"

Source: NYPOST.


Kabbalah chief blame 'darkness' and disgruntled former members for negative stories and collapse of Madonna's Malawi charity
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 7:54 PM on 1st April 2011

A leader of the Kabbalah centre has blamed the onslaught of negative stories in the media about the religion on disgruntled former members who 'have now turned against us'.
Karen Berg, wife of centre founder Philip Berg, wrote a private email to members yesterday regarding the 'rumours' circulating the centre.
It said: 'It is especially painful and disappointing that there appears to be a small group of individuals who are trying to discredit the Kabbalah Centre.
'We consider all our students to be part of our family -- including those who have now turned against us.
'In sharing Kabbalah with the world for the last 40 years, we learned the many ways chaos and darkness can manifest themselves.
'We understand that the darkest part of the night is just before the dawn.'
High profile members include Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and of course Madonna, who would all have received the email.
The collapse of Madonna's Raising Malawi charity and subsequent lawsuits and IRS investigation are all being blamed on these 'disgruntled' former members.
Madonna founded Raising Malawi with Michael Berg, son of Karen and Philip, in 2006.
But they were forced to scrap plans to build a $15million girls school, which the popstar pledged to do as a 'gift' to the country she adopted two of her children from, after $3.8million was spent without even getting anything off the ground.
There have been reports that the money was lavishly spent on office space, cars and golf membership.
The school was to take in 500 girls and prepare them as women leaders of the future.
They have yet to account for all of the funds that have already been spent.
Madonna is now being sued by eight workers who lost their jobs when she scrapped the project. They are suing the singer for unfair dismissal and non-payment of benefits.
Mrs Berg said that the centre's 'formal role with Raising Malawi has come to a conclusion' and revealed that a new board of directors had been appointed to manage the foundation.
In the email, she also revealed her disdain for Showbiz411 reporter Roger Friedman who said that the Bergs were being probed by the IRS.
She wrote: 'An Internet blogger, who regularly trafficks in rumours about the entertainment industry, has written that there is a federal inquiry underway . . . We have received no formal or official notification from the government . . . but we fully intend to work cooperatively to support an examination of our activities.'
According to Friedman the Kabbalah Centre is being sued in Los Angeles for $20 million by Courtenay Geddes, a wealthy donor who claims that she was swindled by the Centre and the Bergs.
Kabbalah Centre lawyer Mathew S. Rosengart told the New York Post last night: 'The centre has still not received any official notification of any investigation.'
Madonna has poured millions into Malawi through her charity in recent years after the controversial adoption from the country of her two youngest children David and Mercy.

Source: Mail Online.

Madonna's Raising Malawi charity: Kabbalah chiefs send warning
Karen Berg
Karen Berg sent an email to Kabbalah members telling them it was ex members who had brought the religion into disrepute.

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