Lev Tahor: Where The Money Comes From


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Members of Lev Tahor

Time and time again, whenever I ask where Lev Tahor gets the money to finance their activities, I get the same answer: “I don’t know”. And whenever I ask the same question, I get the same answer: “I wish you’d tell me”.

I have been doing a great deal of research, and I have been asking many questions from members of the families who have lost brothers, sisters and children to the cult about this. As a result, I’m hoping to paint a picture that gives everyone some idea or at least some insight about how they have amassed their millions.

There are probably several Hareidi controlled private charities that funnel money to Lev Tahor in both Canada and the U.S. In a previous post, I found and talked about some larger charities such as the Society for Spiritual Development, one of Lev Tahor’s charities which  transferred $3.3 million to another Jewish charity in Quebec, the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institution in 2012. 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.

capture2[1]This was the same year that Lev Tahors’ Society for Spiritual Development transferred $3.3 million to this charity. I still 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 also curious about the relationship between the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions, and Lev Tahor and its Society for Spiritual Development.

There are other ways in which the cult generates funds in which to sustain itself.

I have been told that the father of the two remaining girls that recently banished from foster care in Canada boasted about how he went travelled throughout Orthodox Hareidi communities and to their synagogues raising funds which amounted to $3,000 per day.

Lev Tahor is quite adept and creative in their ability to manipulate the system and those they recruit into their cult. I was told of one case where a family in Israel that supported them made regular donations. Once they joined the cult, their property in Israel was handed over to the cult, which immediately sold the property. Just consider that the average house or condominium in Jerusalem sells for several hundred of thousands of dollars. If three families give up their housing to Lev Tahor, that is $1 million by which Lev Tahor is enriched.

They, as well as many other Orthodox sects are also known to manipulate and take advantage of existing government social assistance programs. In Ontario, a married couple with one child receives approximately $1,100 per month. This amount increases based on the number of children. When most families have 4 children or more, the monthly benefits that they could receive becomes quite significant. Helbrans and his lieutenants then hold their money to pay (and then some) for their housing, and give them a portion for food and other essentials. The cult then sets up a grocery store where members can buy food probably at inflated prices.

As you can see, socialism and caring for their brethren has fallen to wayside at Lev Tahor. One journalist in Montreal told me that members of Lev Tahor used to travel to the Tash orthodox colony near St. Therese Quebec to milk their goat. He then returned to sell the milk to Lev Tahor members. So capitalism and racketeering is also alive at Lev Tahor.

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8 thoughts on “Lev Tahor: Where The Money Comes From

  1. In my humble opinion this entire fiasco will not be brought to an end until Shlomo Erez Helbrans is brought out of hiding. It would appear that no one in authority is even interested in the head honcho of this operation, which I find incredible. Can’t they find out where he is hiding? Surely they have charges to bring against him…..

  2. The haredim who support Helbrans must be nuts, with so many worthy Jews in need of charity. Here was a guy who started his career with the Shai Fhima fiasco 20 years ago, and is still running strong. He used to tell his followers that he was the reincarnation of Rabbi Nachman, and that his purpose in the world had to do with Purim. He refused to allow his followers to even eat in the homes of other hassidic Jews on the Sabbath, and penalized those who arrived late for prayers with having to write “I will not be late for prayers” one hundred times. And of course we all know this is only the tip of the nutty iceberg.

    Of course he is not the only nutcase masquerading as a chassidic Jewish leader, and these types of groups are generously funded by some (probably well-meaning and hopelessly naive) hassidic and Sephardic sources. Such nut case cults focus around wackos like Lazer Berland and Eliezer Schick, both of whom were revered by Shlomo Helbrans in the past. But of course there are others with people masquerading as divinely inspired kabbalists, etc., as is well-known in the Holy Land.

  3. As if this weren’t all enough, the Dutch media now puts out TV and newspaper reports on the cult leader Eliezer Berland fleeing the Jerusalem police authorities yet again.

  4. Pingback: George Berger's Gripes and Gaffs | Lev Tahor Unpaid Taxes

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