Final Lev Tahor Members Leave Canada Through Deceit

As you know, I have been following the Lev Tahor controversy with more than just keen interest. Lev Tahor has been aptly called a cult by many within and outside the Jewish community as a result of the allegations and evidence of child abuse, poor hygiene, forced marriages of 13 year olds, drugging members, human traficking and many other allegations.

Members of Lev Tahor Outside Typhus Infested Abandoned Office Building in Guatemala City

Lev Tahor has now completely fled Canada, and the country’s laws and courts, to establish what they want to call a paradise in Guatemala. No doubt they chose Guatemala in keeping with their questionable customs as the legal age for the marriage of girls is 13 years.

I have been advocating for the rights of these families which have suffered and continue to suffer the loss of their children, brothers and sisters to this cult. Earlier this year the exodus of members to Guatemala began. Two families fled in defiance of a court order that they remain in the Chatham area. Two minors, at the time,  a 14 and a 16 year old girl were apprehended in Trinidad while en route to Guatemala, and returned to Canada. Once they were returned, they were ordered to be placed in foster care by Chatham-Kent Children’s Services (CKCS). Because suitable facilities were not available in or near Chatham, Toronto’s Jewish Family & Child Services (JF&CS) would oversee the day-to-day care of the two girls.

Since the cult first surfaced to attention, I have been involved “through thick and thin”. I hosted the grandmother and a family friend when they visited the girls in foster care. I negotiated visits with the girls for them, and arranged for them to spend the Sabbath together.

In Guatemala, the cult has already experienced expulsion from the town of San Juan de Laguna where they were accused of arrogance, intimidating local residents and other matters. Moving from a dirt floor house, they are now living in an abandoned office building in the country’s capital where they lack sanitary facilities, and all of the other necessities for a reasonable existence. It is no wonder that an outbreak of typhus has occurred. So much for their paradise!

Apparently, last weekend, the two remaining girls in foster care escaped from their foster home and took a taxi to the Toronto bus terminal, and then a bus to Niagara Falls where they met their father. Apparently Nachman Helbrans, a cult leader, and the girls’ father aided and possibly arranged their escape.

Joseph Solimani & Nachman Helbrans

Father of the Two Girls (left) with Lev Tahor Henchman, Nachman Helbrans (right)

According to media reports, they were stopped by U.S. authorities where they were placed in the care of Children’s Services of Niagara County, New York. Their case quickly came before the U.S. courts, but the children were both returned to the father who more than likely assisted them in evading Canada’s court and justice system. This was reported in the Montreal Gazette.

CKCS may be unjustly accused of allowing the girls to escape and evade the Ontario courts. Although they may be the responsible agency, it must be understood that JF&CS was involved in supervising the day-day-day and overall care being provided to the girls. These arrangements were made to ensure that the needs of the girls were met with respect to kosher food and to ensure their comfort from a orthodox perspective. Let’s face it, there are few if any Jewish families in Chatham where the girls could be placed, and kosher food is not readily, if at all available.

Therefore JF&CS were given the job and authority of responsibility to supervise the day-to-day foster care, safety and security of the two girls. In fact, it was JF&CS that arranged for foster care and placed them into the foster home.

Based on what has been written and reported in the media, there are many questions that have to be answered by JF&CS:

  1. How did the two girls manage to leave their foster home without being detected?
  2. Who had access to the foster home? When I went to pick up the grandmother who visited them for the Sabbath, I was subjected to a very thorough questioning by the security guard at the home.
  3. As they took a taxi to the bus terminal, and then a bus to Niagara Falls, who assisted them and how were they able to contact the girls?
  4. As the girls did not have any money, where did they get the money for the taxi and bus fare?
  5. Knowing that they were not allowed to go anywhere without a male escort, how did the two girls know to go to the bus station? Who assisted them to break the law?
  6. The foster home was located on an “out of the way street”. No taxi would venture on that street unless it was to pick-up or drop off a fare. Who arranged for the taxi?
  7. How did the girls get the money to take a taxi and bus?
  8. How did a foster family in Montreal know before anyone else that the girls had fled? Why did the foster family in Toronto allegedly contact the foster family in Montreal?

But the most important question of all was: did JF&CS did breach confidentiality? On a personal note, I know of two occasions in the past where the agency had breached confidentiality. If true why were these two foster homes allowed to have contact with each other?

As a representative of the grandmother, I immediately called JF&CS. The supervisor denied any knowledge of the incident nor any responsibility for what occurred even though they placed the girls in the foster home or were responsible for their supervision – a totally disturbing and reprehensible attitude on their part.

There are other issues that have to be considered. Why did Lev Tahor’s lawyer allow, and not counsel the father to refrain from aiding and abetting the escape of the girls from foster care against the court order that they remain in care? According to him, he only found out about the girls once they reached the border. But he should have counselled the father to return the girls to Canada.

The two girls were the last members of the cult to leave Canada. A week before the incident occurred, the Hayon family which were the sole remaining family in Chatham made arrangements to leave and return to Israel with their six children. According to the family, Nachman Helbrans, the son of the devious, deceptive and dangerous cult leader, Shlomo Helbrans paid them a visit and kidnapped two of the children – a girl aged 15 years, and a boy aged 18 years.

Once they returned to Israel, the remaining members of the family were honoured with a party. The following photograph shows the uncle of the two girls that escaped from the foster home with Esther Hayon and two of her children. It’s unfortunate that all 6 children could not be reunited in Israel, together.


This is the kind of criminal behavour which is par for course for Lev Tahor.


18 thoughts on “Final Lev Tahor Members Leave Canada Through Deceit

  1. here i thought you just did nt get it.. if the girls are clever enough for an escape they are women. bur now… i see your game. better to stop printing words that can lead you in trouble with the law. enabler you!

    • What is your game? Who are you? What is your association with Lev Tahor, or are you a member of the cult? Identify yourself. Act responsibly. Without identifying yourself you lack credibility. Be responsible and identify who you are. You are worse than a sniper taking shots at me while hiding. Have you ever met the girls? I did. While in the cult, they were never allowed to use a computer. They wouldn’t know how to use one.

    • Actually, I may have been wrong about you. This is the only time that I have been wrong. Based on your Twitter handle “ganif of souls” which translates to “thief of souls”, you must be a member of Lev Tahor. Lev Tahor is notorious for stealing the souls of its victims.

  2. Answer to question 8: A former member saw the girls at the TRAIN-station, and conveyed so to Montreal.

    • Actually they were apprehended by U.S. customs and immigration at the Niagara Falls (or Buffalo crossing). So they either had to take a train or bus (from what I’ve been told). The bus schedule is more frequent than trains doing to these destinations. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Is there no law enforcement involved in investigating this mess? Isn’t it the responsibility of the RCMP once it involves inter-provincial and international matters??

  4. And if it involves one US state (NY) with Ontario, presumably this requires the involvement of the FBI as well.

    • I have spoken to the police. They will not tell me anything because of the confidentiality of the case. I only hope that they are doing what they can. It is a complicated case involving 4 jurisdictions (and possibly 5) – Canada, Ontario, U.S., New York State and quite possibly Guatemala. Thanks for your comments and concerns.

  5. how come the police has not questioned you.. you were the only one to see the girls with grandma

  6. Thief of Souls: They don’t have to question me because I am co-operating. I went to see them and I have provided them with information.

  7. What has happened to Shlomo Erez Helbrans himself? Where is he hiding? How long can this situation go on? Are the rest of his followers all still sitting around in Guatemala City? What is his own son Nossen doing to help break his father’s control?

  8. I was the foster parent of the Hayon children. I am wondering where you got the info that their older daughter was taken with her brother against her wishes. I saw the family off at the airport and realized that she wasn’t there. I was under the impression she did not want to go to Israel.

  9. Why does the media ignore Helbrans himself in all this? Not a whisper about him lately, where is he? And how many of his followers remain devoted to him, or have they gone off to join Berland or Schick now?

    • I wish that I had the answers to these questions.

      • Here you go: Media cannot get access to him. In Guatemala. In the last three years: One couple. Helbrans’ son (succeeded in getting his children out, but still fighting his wife to keep them), (single) daughter, and wife. One divorced man. One teenage boy. One father (thereby forfeiting his wife and children). The family that got held up in Trinidad (now trying to get their remaining single children). None of the above have joined Berland or Schick.

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