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By By Jeannette Walls

Move over, Madonna. The Kabbalah Centre has a new high profile diva.

Barbra Streisand has been seen frequenting the Los Angeles Kabbalah Center, says a source. Streisand was linked to the group several years ago, but many believed her interest in the group — which some have called a cult — had waned.

“Barbra is back,” according to cult expert Rick Ross. “She’s been dropping into the offices, and she’s been trying to get the Bergs [the family that heads up the Kabbalah Centre] to pick up and push her political agenda. So far, they don’t seem terribly interested. If I know the Bergs, they’re more interested in her pocketbook than her politics. But from what I hear, Ms. Streisand is quite, shall we say, frugal.”

Ross also says that Liz Taylor, who had once dabbled in Kabbalah, has been stopping by again and may still be receiving private instruction at her home. Britney Spears, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Roseanne and other celebs have all been linked to the controversial group. “Scientology seems passé and K has supplanted that organization as the so-called celebrity cult du jour,” Ross said.

Streisand’s rep, however, says, “I’ve heard nothing of that. She’s involved in a lot of things, but I know nothing of this.”

Change in representation

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Jennifer Lopez dumped her rep at Dan Klores Associates, according to reports, but one source says that’s not the way it happened.

“It was Klores’s people who wanted out,” says the insider. “They took on J. Lo at a reduced fee, but representing her turned out to be a job and a half. . . . Let’s put it this way, J. Lo is not exactly low maintenance. Then, they were totally blindsided by this wedding. They had flatly denied the story to journalists who they’ve worked with and they weren’t happy about being made to look like liars.”

Reps at DKA and Lopez’s new rep, Leslie Sloane, didn’t return calls for comment.

Notes from all over

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Shrek, with the voice of actor Mike Myers, from a scene in the animated film 'Shrek', which is presented at the 54th International Cannes Film Festival, May 12, 2001. 'Shrek', by directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, is the first animated film entry to compete for the Palme d'Or since 1953. 'Shrek' opens at the box office May 18 in the United States. REUTERS/DreamWorks Pictures - MANDATORY CREDITX00561

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