Lev Tahor Using Communications to Control the Cult

Recently, I read an article by Erica Tucker of Global News concerning Lev Tahor. The crux of her article is that Lev Tahor launched a public relations campaign to improve their image in the face of the negative media exposure that they are receiving, not so much geared to the public, but as an internal communications strategy to solidify their grip on cult members.


Members of Lev Tahor

I’m sure by now you have heard all about this cult – the allegations child welfare officials, the courts and media coverage about child abuse, beatings, children forcibly being removed from their parents and being placed with other parents as a form of punishment, underage marriages as young as 14 years, children sleeping in urine soaked beds, poor hygiene, low educational standards, running away from the law, and applying for refugee status in Guatemala and Trinidad – all in the name of avoiding prosecution and defying the courts by leaving Canada to avoid facing charges and evidence of their abuse of children.


The cult first left Quebec for Chatham, Ontario hurriedly before a sentence could be enforced by that province’s child welfare system. Once they got to Chatham, they again were required to face Ontario’s judicial system for these same allegations. But they again attempted to outrun the courts by fleeing to Guatemala.

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Members of Lev Tahor Being Taken in Custody by Guatemalan Police

I have to agree with Erica Tucker. The cult is not so much concerned with their public image, but more so with their public relations image amongst their own members.


Let’s face it. They really don’t care what the public thinks. They have yet to provide evidence that the allegations of abuse, neglect, child abuse and the other countless allegations are false. All they do is deny the allegations.

In the face of these types of allegations, any sensible individual would make every; and all attempts to disprove them.

Denial of these allegations is not a substitute for proof that they are false!

Then there is the issue of blatantly thumbing their noses at child welfare officials and the courts – twice. This should be proof enough of their guilt.

The only thing that they have done is find a wannabee communications coordinator who many feel lacks credibility and is only an antagonist who hitches her wagon to the next questionable crusade. They then continue their crusade singing the same song of “We’re Jewish and That’s Why Everyone Hates Us”, and wearing yellow stars of David to invoke sympathy from Christians and Jews alike.

Well, it won’t work! Firstly, because they haven’t even tried to prove that the media and public opinion is wrong. There is a saying in public relations and politics: You can either let the courts decide, or the media can decide. Well in this case, just by reporting on the allegations, with no proof provided by Lev Tahor to counteract any of these allegations, rightfully the media has painted a picture that Lev Tahor is guilty. This view may have been reinforced by the fact that they fled twice so as not to face the courts.

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Wearing the Yellow Star of David by Members of Lev Tahor


The only effect of wearing the yellow of Stars of David, which in its own right is a perverse attack on the memories of the millions who perished during the holocaust, is to antagonize others. Many of those within the Jewish community who were either ignorant of Lev Tahor, or just had no opinion have now been converted to be against them. In saying this, once again Lev Tahor doesn’t care about what the public feels about them.

Jews during the holocaust were persecuted because they were Jews. The Jews of Lev Tahor are being “so called” persecuted because they are abusing their members, starting with children. The leaders of the cult refuse to admit this, and they refuse to cooperate with authorities.

One of the golden rules of any communications strategy is to be honest and transparent. Never do battle with the public and especially with the media. It will come back to bite you. Just look at Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton. who was so incensed by Lev Tahor’s behaviour and defiance of the court order that she was quoted as saying:

My expectation is, so it’s clear, that if these children are returned on a plane that they will be apprehended at the doors of the plane as soon as it lands.

Josh Greenberg of the Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication got it right when he said in the article:

This nevertheless presents a framing dilemma for the sect’s leaders: on the one hand, the need to reinforce a belief that they are being persecuted for their religious values is fundamental to the hold they exert over community members; on the other hand, they need to be careful not to amplify anxiety to a point where it can no longer be controlled.

All the leaders of Lev Tahor are trying to do is keep control over their cult members by reinforcing the message that everyone hates us because we’re Jews, and creating a “them vs. us mentality”.

It’s sad. Had they undertaken the tactic of cooperation and honesty, instead of defiance and just pure denial, the leaders and the cult would be receiving a lot more sympathy. Their leaders don’t care about their members as evidenced by the allegations before them. All they are trying to do is increase their stranglehold and the control which they currently have on their community, and only for their own ends.


The Perils and Pitfalls of Posting Photos Online

Many of us post photos online through either Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

The following is an amazing video by Bill Myers, a photo guru, that illustrates the perils and pitfalls of posting photos online using iPhones and other types of digital cameras, and may have implications in the protection of privacy.

It would be something to consider when posting photos and videos. I would be interested in receiving everyone’s comments.

Lev Tahor in Guatemala

guatemala mapThe waiting game with Lev Tahor continues.

As we all know, when the time came to appear in court on March 5th to consider an appeal about whether or not 14 children of Lev Tahor should be placed in foster homes, the children and the parents did not appear. They fled the country, in defiance of a court order to remain in Chatham, with the final destination of Guatemala.

In reaction, an emergency order to apprehend the children was issued by Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton. Justice Templeton was so incensed by Lev Tahor’s behaviour and defiance of the court order that she was quoted as saying:

My expectation is, so it’s clear, that if these children are returned on a plane that they will be apprehended at the doors of the plane as soon as it lands.

Eight of the 14 children who fled, have since been returned: six were apprehended after fleeing to Trinidad and Tobago, en route to Guatemala. Two others — a 17-year-old girl and her infant daughter — were apprehended at the Calgary airport.

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Lev Tahor Members Taken into Custody By Guatemalan Police

There are now six remaining children and their parents in Guatemala, with 2 other adults.

On Monday, March 17th, a Guatemalan judge ruled the six could stay with their parents in that country, provided they return to court within 3 days with the proper paperwork signed by Canadian embassy officials allowing them to stay.

One would expect that Canadian officials in Guatemala are unlikely to grant them permission to remain in that country. Under the United Nations Hague Convention, to which Guatemala is a signatory, countries have an obligation to return children who have been wrongfully removed from another country. Let’s face it, the members of the sect are in contempt of a provincial court order.

We must all have the deepest respect for the Guatemalan judicial system and its desire to maintain its integrity. Although the members have been allowed to remain together, the judge hearing the case directed that the mother and 6 children remain under constant watch. No doubt, his or her decision is based on Lev Tahor’s past of evading the legal system and process. Hopefully, it will just be a matter of time until these cult members in Guatemala are returned to Canada.

What about the 2 other males of Lev Tahor who are in Guatemala with this family? What do we know about them?


Yoil Weingarten
(Photo Courtesy of Failed Messiah)

Well I can tell you that one of them is the infamous Yoil Weingarten, a spokesperson for Lev Tahor, and son of Rabbi Israel Weingarten. His father, Rabbi Weingarten has the distinction of having repeatedly sexually abused his underage daughter beginning at the age of 8 years. He was  found guilty of transporting this daughter across international borders to commit incest and rape. She eventually was able to flee at an older age. Yes, Rabbi Weingarten was convicted of 5 counts of raping his daughter, and received a sentence of 30 years.

If your stomach can tolerate it, I hope that you read the judge’s full decision in sentencing Rabbi Weingarten. I can only describe it as deeply disturbing and disgusting – a depraved and self gratifying sub human.

What about Yoil Weingarten’s role in the whole affair. Throughout the trial, he sided with his father, and did nothing to protect his sister from sexual abuse and rape by his father. As a family member, didn’t he have the obligation and responsibility of protecting his sister, and at the least stopping his father from committing these acts. He did nothing. For all intents and purposes, he could be described as an enabler.

For all those civil libertarian, and left wing Children’s Aid bashing types, who will throw example upon example at me, pointing out other members of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic clergy who did this or that, let me say this: He was an enabler! He didn’t protect his sister! He didn’t stop his father from committing repeated acts of sexual abuse on his sister!  He didn’t try to find help for his father! In summary, he was an enabler!

Is that the type of person who should be allowed to be with these children in Guatemala? I hope that the Guatemalan government takes immediate action and reconsiders its decision to allow this family to remain with this individual. Yoil Weingarten should not be allowed to be near those children, or near the mother of that family.

Lev Tahor: Child Abuse Through Hunger Strikes

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Members of Lev Tahor

From what I understand, of the 14 children that were criminally spirited away by Lev Tahor in defiance of a court order not to leave the Chatham area, 4 of them have been returned.

When the court convened on March 5th to consider the appeal about whether or not these children should be placed in foster homes, the children and the parents did not appear. As a result, an emergency order to apprehend the children was made. As far as I know, a decision concerning this matter will now be made on April 4th. Continue reading

Guatemala & Lev Tahor – Find This Family, They Are in Danger


Members of the Lev Tahor Cult

Late last year after suddenly uprooting from Quebec, 200 members of the Lev Tahor cult settled in Chatham, Ontario. Of the members, 114 were children. They left in the middle of the night, due to allegations by Quebec child welfare authorities concerning physical abuse of their children, poor hygiene, using drugs as a means of mind control, separating children from families, beatings, and forced marriages of children as young as 14 years. Evidence of these allegations was entered as evidence into the court proceedings.

Last week an Ontario judge issued an emergency order that 14 Lev Tahor children be placed in the care of child welfare services. But before authorities could act, they had fled the country for Guatemala. Of those that fled Canada, 9 members were detained in Trinidad and Tobago after officials in the country discovered irregularities in stories and documentation, a mother and child are being hidden somewhere in the United States, and the last know whereabouts of the remaining 7 people is somewhere in Guatemala.

The nine members who were detained in Trinidad and Tobago were sent back to Canada on March 8th. When they arrived in Canada, they were greeted by Canada Border Services Agency, Peel Regional Police, and members of the Chatham-Kent Children’s Aid Society. Continue reading

Lev Tahor: Band on the Run

When I heard that members of the Lev Tahor cult were apprehended in Trinidad and Tobago, the first thing that came into my mind was the Paul McCartney song “Band on the Run”. Here is the most applicable verse from the 1973 musical hit:

Well, the night was falling as the desert world
Began to settle down
In the town they’re searching for you every where
But we never will be found, oh no

Band on the run
Band on the run
And the county judge who held a grudge
Will search for evermore

For the band on the run
For the band on the run

This is what we know until now, and I have to stress the words “until now”. Continue reading

Lev Tahor Planning to Run

fifth-estate-S39E14_620x350_2439826212The Toronto Sun reports today that three adults and six children from the Lev Tahor cult were intercepted and detained in Trinidad Tobaggo on Wednesday, trying to catch flight to Mexico.

This is a regular pattern of Lev Tahor in that they run every time a verdict about allegations of abuse and arranged marriages of children is about to come down. They are on the run again just as child welfare authorities about to take action.

According to the London Free Press the children have all left the country.

Even their lawyer, didn’t know about their whereabouts.

If they are truthful and have nothing to hide, then why are they running?