We now find out that Lev Tahor is guilty of leaving behind unpaid taxes, abandoned bills and bounced cheques.
Comprised of 200 members, this Anti-Zionist Orthodox cult that resided in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec packed up in secrecy and boarded buses in the middle of the night on November 28th and headed for the promised land of Chatham, Ontario. Throughout their time in Quebec, they accumulated millions of dollars in welfare payments from the Quebec government, and reportedly amassed assets of over of over $6 million. In 2012, the Society for Spiritual Development, one of Lev Tahor’s charities even transferred $3.3 million to another Jewish charity in Quebec, the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions.
So, here we have a cult, which has been vilified by all segments of the Jewish religion, consisting of secular, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox Zionists, and Orthodox anti-Zionists. The cult is controlled by a so-called holy man, Shlomo Helbrans who sought and was granted refugee status in Canada on the basis of his testimony of being harassed in Israel because of his anti-Zionist views; while thousands of other anti-Zionists continue to live in Israel and benefit from that country’s social system. Quebec government officials found children and women abuse and neglect, with many children sleeping on urine stained bedding and lacking basic mathematical skills.
Senior officials of Lev Tahor constantly travel the world to collect money for one or more facade congregations to avoid a negative association with Lev Tahor.
These people received millions in public assistance, why was it not used to provide the basic necessities? One can only surmise that as a result of the cult-like control over his followers by Helbrans, these funds were also controlled by him.
There is another issue that I discovered. I attempted to investigate the Quebec charity called the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions, but was unable to find very much about them. But I did find the revenues, expenditures, assets and liabilities reported by the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions in 2012 which is illustrated in the following figure. This was the same year that Lev Tahors’ Society for Spiritual Development transferred $3.3 million to this charity.
I am not a forensic accountant, but I cannot understand how the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions can report revenues of $678,470 when it received a transfer of $3.3 million from Lev Tahor. I am curious as to the relationship between the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions, and Lev Tahor and its Society for Spiritual Development. Hopefully, this is something the Canada Revenue Agency can investigate.
It is also important that the local Children’s Aid Society, municipal and provincial government continue to closely monitor all social assistance benefits, and the welfare of children to ensure that Lev Tahor and Helbrans meet the responsibilities and requirements for all public funds provided to the sect and its members.