Lev Tahor: Search Warrants Reveal Strong Allegations of Child Abuse


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Members of Lev Tahor

Information concerning the search warrants executed by the Sûreté du Québec and Chatham- Kent Regional Police on January 29th on 2 homes within the Lev Tahor community in Chatham, has now been released, but much of the information has been censored to protect the privacy of individuals. Lev Tahor will be filing their appeal on February 25th.

Although no information about what was seized is included, we may be able to speculate on the purpose of issuing that search warrant from the information that has been made available. The allegations highlight the use of force, intimidation and relocation to other families to keep children and community members in line.

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Adam Brudzewsky Former Member of Lev Tahor

The warrant included testimony from child welfare workers about underage marriages, and no doubt testimony from Adam Brudzewsky, a former Lev Tahor member, who indicated that he had personally witnessed seven underage marriages during his time in the community.

The document details allegations of imprisonment of young girls in the basement of homes, underage marriage and the use of violent physical discipline. Included are allegations of psychological and physical punishment being used to control children and adults of the controversial ultra-orthodox radical Jewish sect.

The fact that illegal and underage marriages occur within the Lev Tahor community has already been proven in my previous posts.

Quebec social workers also testified that a foot fungus was endemic amongst women in the community as a result of the religious requirement against appearing barefoot, and being forced to wear socks at all time and even while sleeping.

Interviews had taken place with members of the community, social workers and unnamed witnesses beginning in 2012. Contained within the warrant were allegations that a member was ordered to hit a woman in the face because she wasn’t complying with the sect’s requirement that women wear a burqa-like covering, and the beating of a young girl with a belt and coat hanger.

It is alleged that a 17-year-old pregnant girl was sexually abused by her father, beaten by her brother and married off at age 15. The document further indicates that the 17-year-old girl was “in a psychosis” and incapable of being interviewed after arriving at a children’s hospital, but her injuries were however photographed as evidence of trauma. Afterward, in a video interview at the hospital with investigators, the girl made “no allusion to the crime”. This fact is quite plausible when members are forced to take non-prescribed drugs as also alleged in the warrant.

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Shlomo Helbrans, Self Proclaimed Leader of Lev Tahor

The warrant also contained allegations that children were brought to Canada from other countries under false pretexts when they were really being brought for future marriages. Included was a report from social workers which noted that a 14-year-old girl did not want to return to the community out of fear of marriage, as she was promised to a man, and was also being intimidated to keep her silent.

Shlomo Helbrans, the self-proclaimed rabbinical leader of the sect denied all allegations of abuse or wrongdoing. Instead, he is claiming that all the allegations are the result of a campaign of genocide being waged by Quebec judges, child-protection workers and politicians against them.

This is the same person who has told his followers that Hitler and Stalin were good teachers.

On the day that the warrant was released, call it perfect timing, the sect published the following video:

The video consists of an 18 minute tirade by Helbrans before leaving Quebec. Here he equates the Quebec government with that of Nazi Germany, since the Quebec government is intent on making the province “Judenrein” or cleansed of Jews, and equating provincial judges to Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering.

By equating the Quebec government and judges, child welfare workers and politicians with Nazis, it is truly a gross and perverted tactic on his part, which cheapens the holocaust and the memory of those who perished in it. Not surprisingly, organized communal institutions within Quebec’s and Canada’s Jewish community have not taken umbrage with these statements. I recall that in the U.S., the Anti Defamation League made strong protests when gun control was equated with Nazism. Where are these organizations now? I hope that they will not be silent.

It is incredible that when things do not go the way they want; Jewish organizations and individuals are known to conveniently label actions as anti-Semitism. Lev Tahor is doing just that.

Let’s get the facts straight, Lev Tahor has no one to blame but themselves. They have been under investigation for over 2 years for allegations of child abuse, sexual abuse, underage marriages, health concerns, not meeting minimum educational standards, and forcible confinement. These allegations have all been documented, and there is evidence to prove most of them.

There is a marked difference between providing proof that counters an allegation, and just refuting it. Helbrans is not providing proof that authorities are wrong, he is merely refuting their allegations by calling the authorities all kinds of names and invoking the word, “anti-Semitism”.

If one is to believe Helbrans that “The creator knows the truth — that we have not committed in the village a single crime. We did not break any Canadian or Quebec laws,” then why did Lev Tahor run from these allegations by leaving Quebec in the middle of the night. As the saying goes “The truth shall set you free! Does he not believe in their own righteousness?

Why did they wait until the warrants were made public to release the video? It was a public relations stunt meant to garner public sympathy from the misguided who are always quick to claim human rights abuses.

The coroner’s inquest into the death of Jeffery Baldwin has just been released with 103 recommendations. Jeffery Baldwin, a 5-year old who was placed in the care of his grandmother, subsequently died in 2002 as a result of neglect, abuse and starvation. The underlying message of these inquest`s recommendations is that it is not only the responsibility of child-welfare workers to protect children, rather the onus is on the entire community, and child safety and well being take precedence over individual privacy interests.

How can we apply these recommendations from the inquest to the situation of Lev Tahor? In the case of this radical sect, child welfare officials are acting responsibly in attempting to investigate allegations and signs of abuse, and prosecute. Hopefully, the misguided who fly the flag of discrimination and proclaim the abuse of human rights of the members of Lev Tahor will comprehend this.

In Jeffery Baldwin’s memory, the safety and wellbeing of children supersedes any hollow or self serving argument about any potential human rights abuse of Lev Tahor. Helbrans and his followers should show that they care about validating their own concerns and behaviour, and proving their innocence rather than claiming discrimination. If they are in fact guiltless, as I have said, the truth shall set them free.

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22 thoughts on “Lev Tahor: Search Warrants Reveal Strong Allegations of Child Abuse

  1. A teen under the age of 18 who was pregnant at the time was taken to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where she reported to nurses that she was beaten badly by her brother, sexually abused by her father, and married at age 15 to a 30-year-old man, according to newly released court documents.

    The incident occurred on Dec. 11, 2012, and was one of several allegations of abuse that authorities documented about the ultra-Orthodox Jewish cult Lev Tahor in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., over the span of two years.

    While photos were taken of the teen’s injuries, neither police officers nor youth protection case workers were able to speak with her because she was incoherent.

    In another case, Quebec’s Youth Protection Department removed a girl in the spring of 2012 after she reported to authorities her father, and the wicked vicious abuser the wife of one of the community’s leaders, Mayer Rosner, hit her several times with a belt over the period of six months. The documents don’t detail whether the girl was ever returned to her family.

    The documents were unsealed in court last week after a consortium of media sought access. The information to obtain the search warrant was released by the Surete du Quebec (SQ) Friday and was heavily redacted. The allegations have not been proven and the identities of children in the cult are protected by a court order.

    On April 24, 2012, Quebec police investigator Stephane Chartrand received a document detailing allegations of abuse in the cult, including locking girls in basements as a form of punishment, removing children from their families, controlling members of the community with psychological drugs, and forcing girls aged 14 and 15 to get married, where the minimum legal age in Canada is 16.

    Quebec’s Youth Protection Department made regular visits to the cult in the summer and fall of 2013, where they noted unsanitary conditions in the homes of community members, but they were working with the community to address several concerns.

  2. Instead of proving that everyone is wrong, they are calling them anti-Semites. They are hiding the truth.

    • if somebody would enter any Jewish Orthodox gathering in Canada & the states. the talk off day is. the cult leader should be put behind bars !!! although nobody wants to do it . but all wanted to be done . thanks for George Berger for upcoming so clearly in this subject

  3. ​ Accusations are not facts. There are NO abused children in the Lev Tahor community. The MEDIA has published and repeated false reports. The CAS is an organization that has been proven to have pedophiles and abusers who hate native people, Jews , Low Income and particularly Fathers. Most people watching this case and especially the Childrens AID have no authority to decide what versions of Judaism or religion are “authentic”.The Roman Catholic Quebec want to start a pogrom against Jewish communities. Avoiding the real problems such as the 700 Native children kidnapped and killed in the hands of the CAS. is a pressing concern. The Lev Tahor community is critisized for marriage traditions that have been going on for 4,000 years, criticized for Education that is higher than most

    • “miryam2012” You start by writing “Accusations are not facts.” If so, you are also listing a number of accusations without any support. If you expect us to ignore the charges filed by CAS, we must ignore you as well

    • Miryam2012, whoever you may be, I have the courage to add my name to the matters about which I write. I can see that you do not have the common courtesy nor the courage to provide your complete name as someone who disagrees with me. Therefore, you lack all credibility, and as such may not know about what you are writing, and thus your comments may be dismissed.

      As I have indicated in my writing, these accusations have been documented and entered into the court’s documents. They have been classified as evidence. Whereas, you only provide bloodthirsty and unproven allegations.

      As someone who has worked with Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario, I know that their priority is to maintain the integrity of families. Unfortunately, this cannot be accomplished at all times especially when there is documented evidence of child abuse, and the physical abuse of those who disagree with them.

      The actions of Lev Tahor in running from the courts, twice, and at the last moment, is an indication of their lack of lack of responsibility and defiance for the laws of the societies in which they seek to live. If someone runs from the law, it is normal to assume that they are guilty. If they are not guilty, then why should they feel that they have to run.

      This is not an issue of people being able to practice their own version of Judaism. It is an issue of physical and emotional abuse.

      For you to make these accusations without proof or evidence is hypocritical. Like Lev Tahor, you make accusations without proof.

      The bottom line is the health, welfare and wellbeing of children should take precedence before human rights issues such as the type of religion which people practice.

      As written in the Talmud: whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.

      • I don’t know who you are either and that does not matter and it is perfectly legit to blog and share opinions withi even strangers. That is the internet my freiend. I also never made a point to disagree with you. That is not the purpose of this. The purpose is to look at facts, articles opinions and reflect on what is happening in our world. I am sure you have not looked at those links yet but I posted them as a courtesy to help you in your own investagation if you are interested. People are entitled to live anywhere they want in the world without being accused of being a criminal or running from the law. They never broke the law anyway! I see now the only reason you respond the way you do is because you have worked with Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario, Well so have I so I disagree that their priority is to maintain the integrity of families. I also am very aware as 1,000’s of citizens that Childrens Aid lie in court, lie in affadavits, have unregistered workers documented evidence of child abuse at the hands of the Childrens Aid in Ontario, I have heard the promitional speech you quote so many times- It does not impress me or anyone else who cares about these issues. Sorry , CAS is on the way out in Ontario because the public is all too aware of CAS abuses , unless of course they are PAID by them. Then they ignore it

      • Whoops! I posted belwo by mistake and did not check errors – I hope this one is better. I am not sure if you can edit on wordpress. Can you ? 🙂 Anyway, I don’t know who you are either and that does not matter and it is perfectly legit to blog and share opinions with even strangers. My opinions are known so courage is not what I lack in! That is the internet my friend. I also never made a point to disagree with you. That is not the purpose of this. The purpose is to look at facts, articles opinions and reflect on what is happening in our world. I am sure you have not looked at those links yet but I posted them as a courtesy to help you in your own investigation if you are interested. People are entitled to live anywhere they want in the world without being accused of being a criminal or running from the law. They never broke the law anyway! I see now the only reason you respond the way you do is because you have worked with Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario, Well so have I so I disagree that their priority is to maintain the integrity of families. I also am very aware as 1,000′s of citizens that Children’s Aid lie in court, lie in affidavits, have unregistered workers documented evidence of child abuse at the hands of the Children’s Aid in Ontario, I have heard the promotional speech you quote so many times- It does not impress me or anyone else who cares about these issues. Sorry , CAS is on the way out in Ontario because the public is all too aware of CAS abuses , unless of course they are PAID by them. Then they ignore it

  4. I have not had the opportunity to read those links, but I intend to read them. To clarify matters, I have never worked for any CAS. I have worked for the Ontario government as a consultant to perform comprehensive audits about their practices. BTW, when you defy a court order not to leave Chatham, and you do so without authorization, that is a criminal offense. Thank you for your comments.

    • Thank you for looking at links. Yes, to clarify also , I worked “with” CAS as well for a short time. I think what is most important is fairness. I am not aware the family left Chatham but for a holiday. However I am aware that CAS has violated many orders which would also be a criminal offence but they are never charged or made accountable which is not fair. Many CAS orders are extremely unfair anyway and I think criminla themselves so a moot point but not to attack you personally. I am just making a point. I suspect CAS will never be held accountablebecause there is way too much money in it but I trust that some individuals will do what is right in their own capacity to help families in Ontario

      • “miryam2012”

        The order issued by the judge, not by CAS, in early February stated that the children were not to leave Chatham-Kent while the matter was pending. There was no exception for a holiday. The parents violated the order by removing the children from Chatham-Kent.

        In the US, where I live, judges get really angry when people violate court orders. They call it “contempt of court”. The judges here sometimes put people in jail for contempt, even if they have done nothing else wrong. I don’t know how judges in Canada handle these matters, but I would not be surprised if they react similarly.

        Having violated the order, these parents have now made whatever arguments there might have been irrelevant. Most people aren’t going to care. All they are going to see is that they left town in violation of the court order.

      • CAS serves an order and the Judge says yes or no. They work together. The Families response will initiate care for them and reveal malicious Antisemitic actions of CAS all over North America.

  5. BTW, they left for Trinidad and Guatemala without taking any personal items – no clothing, toothbrush, etc. I suspect that’s what tipped off authorities in Trinidad. Regards.

      • You claimed they went on a vacation. They did not pack like normal people going on a vacation. They acted like people fleeing a court order. Let’s get real. You don’t really believe they went on vacation to Guatemala. Let us know one way or the other: do you really believe they went on vacation or are you just a propagandist who mouths the lines given to you by Shlomo, Uriel, Nachman & mayer?

      • No I am not a propagandist and it is their right to leave as much as it is your right to your opinion when it is fact. As I said before I am posting information found on this case so this is not my posts and it is fruitless to argue and certainly wrong to be personally attacking widely held opinions on this case. I’m afraid you are outnumbered. The order was frivolous to begin with and a Judge deemed it so.

  6. “it is their right to leave”

    There was a court order that none of the children leave Chatham-Ken. They had no right to go anywhere.

  7. Here is paragraph 77 of Chatham-Kent Children’s Services v. [unnamed parties], 2014 ONCJ 50 (CanLII):

    [77] As a consequence therefore, I am ordering that the society deliver the children, with the exception of R.(H.)K., to the Quebec agency and take such control of the children as is necessary to effect the return of the children to Quebec in keeping with the order of Justice Hamel dated 27 November 2013, with such assistance as they may require from the Chatham-Kent Police Service, or the Ontario Provincial Police. Until that occurs, the children shall not be removed from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

    Anyone who wishes to contend with respect to the children that “is their right to leave as much as it is your right to your opinion when it is fact.” is just not in touch with the facts.

    • The only fact that is relevant is that these children left Chatham-Kent in violation of a court order not to do so. The court is in Canada, not some dictatorship of doubtful legitimacy.

      • “The children were not at risk in leaving town and were not in violation.”

        What part of “…the children shall not be removed from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent” do you not understand?

  8. “miryam 2012”, I get to decide what is my business, not you. The order was entered by a court, not CAS, so your observations about them are not relevant.

    I care very much about these children; that’s why I am involved.

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