Celebrities gave Kabbalah Centre cachet, and spurred its growth: The heightened profile of the L.A.-based Kabbalah Centre popularizing previously secret Jewish mysticism came with a continued emphasis on soliciting donations, sometimes in ways some found offensive. Then the IRS stepped in.
The second part of two-part Times investigation. Read the first part here.
Photos: Sandra Bernhard, left, introduced Madonna and Roseanne Barr, center, to the Kabbalah Centre. The list of celebrities attracted to the center later included big names such as Elizabeth Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Getty Images, Associated Press, Associated Press