The International Kabbalah Congress: A Celebration of Unity
Over the past five years, the International Kabbalah Congress has established itself as one of the world's most culturally diverse and awe-inspiring gatherings. This year, however, the Congress will be simply off the charts
Not quite an arts festival, not quite a cultural extravaganza, not quite a social experiment, but something of all three, the 8th annual International Kabbalah Congress is a three-day celebration of human unity and a deep personal experience for every participant.
This year, it will be held in the center of Tel Aviv’s Exhibition Gardens — Ganey ha Ta’arucha. Despite the tension between Israel and its neighboring countries, and a growing uncertainty about the global financial situation, record numbers will make the journey to the 2009 Congress, which will take place on February 2-4. Many of the 6,000 participants arriving from over 52 countries will be first-timers attracted by past attendees’ testimonials.
What’s On the Agenda?
Anyone who has been to a Kabbalah Congress will tell you that it is a most profound, life-changing experience. The program includes immensely engaging workshops, uplifting meal sessions, emotional and energetic cultural evenings, fun activities and games for children and adults, a variety of awe-inspiring music and dance performances by participants from all parts of the world, and enlightening Kabbalistic lessons with Rav Michael Laitman, PhD.
This winter, the 2009 International Kabbalah Congress will take place at the largest exhibition ground in Israel, in the modern setting of Tel Aviv - Israel’s largest metropolis, and will spread the warmth of mutual care and respect all throughout the region. For a few brief days, the makeshift village known as “Pavilion Number 10” will become the warmest and most cordial place in the Middle East, or even the whole world. It’s an event of magnificent diversity, a coming together of people of all ages and from all walks of life: celebrities, creative artists, engineers, road workers, dancers, white collar workers, students, musicians, stock-investors, school teachers, performers, tradesmen, writers, DJs, plumbers, academicians, politicians, designers - and the list goes on and on.
Not Your Regular Congress
But the International Kabbalah Congress is more than just a three-day spectacle. As Congress veterans are quick to point out, the Congress is distinguished by its special preparation, focus, and purpose. The aim of this event is to nurture the common point of human unity beyond all the differences that separate people - beyond languages, races, religions, educational achievements and occupational interests.
The Congress creates a special environment that enables its participants to realize the high potential that lies in the connection between people. Its primary aim is to invert the self-centered approach that lies at the base of human relationships and is opposed to the global nature of life in the 21st century. Since this opposition is what gave rise to the current financial, environmental, and educational crises, inverting our self-centered approach will alter the world’s unpromising course and begin moving it toward tranquility, peace and prosperity.
In the midst of the raging global financial crisis, this Congress will give its participants a taste of the better world we all dream of and the practical tools to help us take our first steps as one united human family.
For many participants, the International Kabbalah Congress will become a deeply transformational experience, one where they will break through their psychological barriers that separate them from others and discover new ways of expression and communication. The result will be a multi-faceted event, playful and lively, but at the same time facilitating deep inner focus and personal growth.
Even if you are not a Kabbalah student, this Congress will give you the chance to experience unprecedented unity among people and witness a mini-model of a new, better humanity.