My apologies to my readers and followers for my taking time off from writing about what has been going on within Lev Tahor. The last time that I wrote about this matter, the cult had just moved to Guatemala. The two girls who were in the care of the Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto somehow managed to leave care undetected, and were able to enter the U.S. However, the U.S. authorities have not allowed them to leave that country.
I decided that I should maintain a low level on this matter, as I did not wish to endanger the safety of the two girls who at the time were fifteen and seventeen years of age. Also, I was attempting to assist Oded Tuik whose sister and family were in the clutches of Lev Tahor, escape from the cult.
Those relatives were spirited out of Guatemala one night, and were taken to Argentina. While in Argentina they have undergone intensive therapy, and have since returned to live in the U.S. The whole family is now re-united, and reside on the East Coast. Mazel Tov is also in order for one of the two girls who will marry, in the next few weeks, at a more mature age than thirteen. This time it will be to a person of her own choosing, and not to someone chosen by Helbrans or his stooges.
Over the last year, some people have contacted me to learn more about what happened to the girls and the families within the cult. Please accept my apologies for not responding to you as I did not wish to inadvertently divulge anything that could endanger these people.
I continue to follow developments that are taking place. It has now been approximately two years since Lev Tahor moved to Guatemala. Their first stop was San Juan La Laguna where they were “run out of town” because of their disrespectful lifestyle including the shunning of women, and the refusal to greet local residents.
They then fled to the capital, Guatemala City, where they were housed in an industrial building. Last week, Guatemalan police raided their compound apparently due to complaints about child abuse. Over the years, there have been recorded instances by authorities, and evidence specifically in Quebec, about child abuse that has taken place within the cult.
The main reason for the raid was by the request from the Government and Courts of the State of Israel. One of the families that returned to Israel, were ordered by the courts not to leave the country. Nevertheless they defied the court order and left for Guatemala. Now the State of Israel is invoking its right under international law to have the family returned.
Once again, Lev Tahor is playing the same game of screaming injustice when accusations are being made. Time after time, specifically in Canada, charges were laid and court appearance and trials were to take place, they ran rather than provide evidence to refute charges and allegations against them.
There is a strong likelihood that they will pack up again and move on in the next few days to avoid the local authorities. This time it could be to a compound that they are building in Santa Rosa near the border of El Salvador.
They have also continued to engage the services of Guidy Mamann, a high priced Canadian immigration lawyer who has flown down to take charge of legal matters. The following is a lengthy propaganda interview that took place with Mr. Mamann.
I have a number of concerns with what Mr. Mamaan is conveying to the public about Lev Tahor, their practices, the supposed lack of evidence, and his analogies to the Shoah, another term for the Holocaust.
Mr. Mamann makes a number of statements of how Lev Tahor has been victimized. He draws the analogy to the Shoah, and how Jews have not been treated in this manner since that era. I take exception to these types of statements because they cheapen and erode the significance of the Holocaust.
At no time during dark era were Jews subjected to violence, harassment and victimization due to their practices of child rearing. They were targeted for one reason, and one reason alone: they were Jews. If you ask any Holocaust survivor why they were singled out for extermination by the Nazis, their answer will be “because we were Jews”. The issue of child abuse by Jews, or any other group for that matter, never enters this equation. I only wish that there were more survivors alive who would be able to give you this same answer. Mr. Mamann cheapens the significance and importance of the Holocaust and its place in the history of mankind when he makes these untruthful and inconsiderate statements.
Concern about this cult is based on strong evidence that child abuse is inherent to Lev Tahor. One of the girls who now living on the U.S. East Coast recounts to school children how she was held against her will and locked up in a basement for months on end because she refused to marry at the ripe old age of thirteen years. According to the United Nations, this was a form of child abuse that was practiced on this child as illustrated in their definition.
Mr. Mamann, mentioned in his interview that no evidence was ever presented to prove the allegations of child abuse by Lev Tahor. However, he neglected to mention the findings documented by child welfare authorities in Quebec, and the evidence presented to the courts disputing their claims that they were righteous upstanding Jews who only wanted to practice their faith in their own way. What about the incoherent 17 year old girl, who was taken by ambulance to a hospital because she was beaten by members of the cult.
It is about time that the cult and their lawyer face the courts and the allegations of child abuse rather just dismissing them and crying harassment and victimization on the grounds that they are Jews. Face the reality, like it or not, unfortunately, some Jews, do these kinds of things, some are robbers, some are murderers, and some are abusers of children.
Several of my posts on Lev Tahor referred to the fraudulent activities of this cult. Early on, I presented questions about where they acquired their funds to operate and carry out their intimidation against the many followers that were sucked in by their habitual lies and their radical, maniacal and heretical brand of Judaism.
My views of this group are based on the testimonies of former cult members and the families of current members who describe the practice of abuse that is inherent to this cult and their leaders. This includes beatings meted out to those questioning their leader self proclaimed Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans; even upon his wife. Then their are the reported cases involving the drugging of individuals so that they become more passive, separating children from their parents for weeks and months (and not being allowed to speak with their children), beatings, children being forced to sleep on urine soaked mattresses, girls of 12 and 13 years being confined in basements for weeks and months, and sexual abuse.
Not once have the members of Lev Tahor tried to provide evidence to disprove these allegations. The only comments that I have received from them have been denials and name calling, but still no evidence.
In one of my earliest posts, I made mention that in 2012, the Society for Spiritual Development, one of Lev Tahor’s charities transferred $3.3 million to another Jewish charity in Quebec, the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions. I have to point out that previously, when I attempted to investigate the Quebec charity called the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions, I 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.
Congregation Riminov, another Lev Tahor charity was registered as a tax-exempt religious charity in 2001, shortly after Helbrans moved from Israel to Canada. The charity had a rapid rise in its financial performance with the purpose of “the operation of a synagogue and provision of assistance to those in need.”
Apparently, from an initial draw of $114,865 in its first year, Congregation Riminov then brought in more than $1.9 million in 2005, and also claimed land and property assets of $5.6 million in 2006. It is unclear what became of those assets and those donations when Congregation Riminov lost its charitable status in 2007 for not filing mandatory information with the Canada Revenue Agency.
It took some time before Lev Tahor’s other charitable organization, the Society for Spiritual Development, to pick up the slack. It was registered as a charity in 2004, aiming “to create a centre for meditation and prayer, (to) establish schools, develop spiritual and religious ideals (and) provide assistance to needy people,” according to its annual filings with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Now, the QMI Agency has reported that Congregation Riminov has been avoiding the CRA for several years and didn’t provide documentation that the CRA requested in a 2007 audit. The CRA alleges that this charity conducted real estate transactions that had nothing to do with its spiritual vocation but only swapped land north of Montreal for no purpose other than to make a profit.
Congregation Riminov, Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions, and the Society for Spiritual Development are all controlled by Shlomo Helbrans.
He commented on one of my posts as shown and stated that the organization’s tax return was filed late. There are many individuals, companies and charities that file their returns late. When this occurs, they are normally penalized with a fine, not by revoking their charitable status. In the case of Congregation Riminov, their charitable status was entirely revoked because they never filed a tax return within a 7 year period. He also stated that “Lev Tahor only received a specific property with a special condition, from a donor in the USA”. In light of the CRA’s position and their investigations, this special condition was to flip the property and create a huge profit. I am not aware that land speculation applies to Canada’s charitable sector.
Both the CRA and I would welcome seeing any audited statements to show that we are wrong.
Then Nachman Helbrans had the audacity to call his group, honourable Jews. Labelling himself as an honourable Jew, is like describing former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as a compassionate humanitarian. Lev Tahor did not pay for damages caused and left by them in Quebec and Chatham, as well as the unpaid bills to lawyers and contractors. In one of his other comments, Nachman Helbran’s admitted that the group “owes sometime, and pays sometime”.
Nachman, you, and the other members of your group are not honourable. You and your group, in fact, are quite dishonourable and dishonest individuals who happen to be Jewish. You and your other cult members use your religious beliefs as an argument to receive special consideration and dispensation to allow you to carry out your evil acts and deeds. The only distinguishing difference between you and other dishonourable and dishonest individuals is your religion. There is an old saying that if you put a tuxedo on a pig, it is still a pig.
Please do not refer to me as being one of your Jewish brothers. If you were my brother, my parents would long ago have arranged for you to be institutionalized in a place for incorrigibles. I am bound to many other “Jewish brothers and sisters” who are honest, decent and honourable, and need help. You, your deceitful father and your cronies are not my brothers!
My last post on Lev Tahor discussed the fact that the Canada Revenue Agency placed a lien in the amount of $4.3 million on the properties owned by Lev Tahor in Ste. Agathe-des-Monts for the nonpayment of taxes.
I received a comment from Orit Cohen whose family came into the clutches of Lev Tahor. The following is the text of her comments written in Hebrew, followed by an English translation.
I wish that I had an answer to Orit Cohen’s question of when the Jewish community will help the children of Lev Tahor. I continue to be very disenchanted with the Jewish community’s response and efforts on this matter. It is as if they are afraid of Helbrans and Lev Tahor. Maybe it is a self-centred attitude on their part.
In the past, many newspapers interviewed numerous people who were victimized and cheated in financial dealing with the cult. There are numerous cases of Shlomo Helbrans and his cult leaving Ste. Agathe-des-Monts, and leaving behind debts to various contractors who provided goods and services. These were hard-working and unsuspecting individuals who were duped and cheated.
Lev Tahor is known as a cult by mainstream Judaism. There are accusations of human trafficking, child abuse, spousal abuse, poor living conditions, and many other crimes.
Now we find out that the Canada Revenue Agency has placed a lien on 34 properties owned by the cult in Ste. Agathe-des-Monts in the amount of $4.4 million dollars in unpaid taxes.
As someone who has worked with the families of members who were “sucked into” the cult, I can only confirm that one of Lev Tahor’s on-going legacies are the unpaid debts that that they leave behind. They left Chatham-Kent for Guatemala without paying rent for the houses they occupied. A few weeks ago, I received a telephone call from a local lawyer, who was not paid for legal services rendered to the cult.
I found that in 2012 the Society for Spiritual Development, one of Lev Tahor’s charities, transferred $3.3 million to another Jewish charity in Quebec, the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institution in 2012. That year, they only reported income in the amount of $678,470.
Now we find out that they own the Government of Canada $4.4 million. As citizens and taxpayers we should be outraged since any government shortfall must be shared by remaining taxpayers. In other words, we, collectively, the Canadian taxpayer has to assume their unpaid debt.
The cult has broken one of the ten commandments numerous time. I wonder how many more commandments these pious and so called observant and “G-d Fearing” manipulators, hypocrites and child abusers have broken.
The Orthodox Jewish cult called Lev Tahor has been called heretics and evil, and is shunned by most factions of organized Judaism in Canada and are known as a cult. Since media coverage of this cult and the many allegations against them from child welfare and law enforcement officials 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 13 years, children sleeping in urine soaked beds, poor hygiene, low educational standards, running away from the law and human trafficking Canadian and International Jewry have for the most part shunned them.
I wrote about how they the cult has managed to acquire millions to fund their, if not illegal but questionable activities. Now I would like to discuss how this group of lunatics manages to recruit or suck in their prey.
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 manage to bring new members to the cult.
Normally, all religions pray to a divine entity. Lev Tahor, like other cults prey on the weak, the susceptible, the unsuspecting and the ideologically vulnerable, and they do have some willing sympathizers who may be called willing conspirators.
From the communications which I have had with the families of those that were sucked into the cult, I have been told of stories where members of Lev Tahor, specially in Israel visit Orthodox Hareidi synagogues and yeshivot armed with many copies of the book written by Shlomo Helbrans, the cult’s leader. From what I have been told, this book is very well and convincingly written.
They leave many copies at these synagogues and yeshivot hoping that the easily impressionable and weak minded, who are seeking some form of spiritual fulfillment or satisfaction will read the book. Once they have read the book once, they are encouraged to read it many more times till the rhetoric is firmly planted in their minds and begins to sprout. Once they read the book, they are encouraged to contact Helbrans who spends hours upon hours and days upon days giving his sales pitch which encourages them to leave their thoughts behind and take on his own view of religion and the world. Helbrans has been described as very charismatic and convincing. He was able to fool many individuals including Global Television.
Also, I found out about Keter Malchut, an Orthodox Hareidi yeshiva for girls located in Jerusalem. According to the mother of the two girls that were returned by Canadian immigration officials to Israel several years ago, and then once again tried to enter Canada via Jordan, the principal of Keter Malchut acts as a Lev Tahor recruiter. The school is supported by a hyper-Hareidi movement of women who have discarded most of the ways of the general Hareidi movement including wigs and cover their faces. Their role is to funnel girls to this school for further indoctrination, and their views can best be described as preaching the abandonment of women of day-to-day society and to live as shut-ins.
Finally, there is the role of the matchmaker. Due to a shortage of young girls, matchmakers play a key role in finding girls as young as 13 or 14 years to marry much older men to bare children.
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.
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.