Lev Tahor group amassed $6 million in assets when it operated as charity

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The radical Jewish group Lev Tahor has operated for more than a decade as a religious charity with millions of dollars flowing through its accounts, the Star has learned.

The group that is alleged to exert strict control over its members’ liberty, health and finances amassed nearly $6 million in assets at its peak and regularly pulled in annual revenues of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the operation of its reclusive community in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, north of Montreal.

Financial filings show Lev Tahor’s two charitable guises — Congregation Riminov and the Society for Spiritual Development — are run by the group’s spiritual leader Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans and an eight-person inner circle.

Congregation Riminov was registered as a tax-exempt religious charity in 2001, shortly after Helbrans moved from Israel to Canada, where he would later be granted political asylum (the rabbi was deported to Israel after serving prison time in New York for the second-degree kidnapping of a young religious recruit).

Written By: Allan Woods
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13 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by IDLERACER:

      Who the hell is sending these people money, and why?

      You’ve seen the recent articles about how religious people give more to charity than non-religious people? It wouldn’t surprise me if a good portion of those “charitable” givings ended up with organizations like this one.

  1. And the second question: Why was a Rabbi who served prison time for second-degree kidnapping in the process of denying someone their religious freedom granted political asylum in Canada?

  2. I know that it really shouldn’t surprise me the things that religion does and with what they get to do without punishment but it always does. I am shocked at how this stuff can go on and yet not surprised at all. I guess it is my own little dichotomy where I expect religion to behave with integrity yet then again why would I have such a foolish notion.

    • You are continually surprised because you have a conscience. The day I am no longer shocked will be the day I have lost my moral faculties.

      In reply to #3 by Mormon Atheist:

      I know that it really shouldn’t surprise me the things that religion does and with what they get to do without punishment but it always does. I am shocked at how this stuff can go on and yet not surprised at all. I guess it is my own little dichotomy where I expect religion to behave with integrity…

  3. We deport people from Canada to Algeria that are known opponents of the government and threatened by torture, we do not permit other asylum seekers to remain that are under threat of incarceration upon return because they are political opponents, but we allow ASYLUM to somebody from Israel because he was legally charged and convicted?
    I am ashamed but not astonished about that move that likely happened when our own fundamentalist government came to power (although in a diminished role at first).
    I am also not astonished that anything that combines the word Jew and religious is likely to be exempt from any criticism, as those who criticize the legality of what is done wearing that label are automatically deemed antisemits, be it secular Jews or gentiles.That those operating under that label get away with abuse, sexual and otherwise for a long time as shown when focusing on the Hasidic community in New York. Quite similar to what happens in another not so savory organization, the Roman Catholic Church

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/nechemya-weberman-gets-103-years-for-sex-abuse.html
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/12/rabbi-had-accused-alleged-attackers-father.html
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/11/accuser-photographed-at-nechemya-weberman-trial.html
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/06/ultra-orthodox-jews-accused-of-silencing-victim.html

    The conclusion: tax any religious organization as a strictly for profit organization until they can prove that the majority of their funds is channeled to acknowledged cause, like prevention of child abuse, helping the homeless, medical research etc. Until then, no exemption, those trials cost us taxpayers enough as it is.

  4. The ordinary man in the street has to work like a dog for his daily bread, whereas rivers of money flow into the coffers of religious groups,without exertion on their part, just the assertion that they are doing doG’s work. This sucks. Religious tyranny has caused enough harm, and people really need to wake up and see these groups for what they are.( Pardon the mixing of metaphors)

  5. There has to be an irony in the fact that the more extreme a religious organisation gets, the more money it acquires. With its absolute control and borderline extortion, it is time for the Canadian authorities to take charge.

    • In reply to #9 by Miserablegit:

      There has to be an irony in the fact that the more extreme a religious organisation gets, the more money it acquires. With its absolute control and borderline extortion, it is time for the Canadian authorities to take charge.

      That’s like asking the school bully if they can do something about the play yard violence. The Canadian government is a bunch of Christian wackos. They love seeing religion get its way. Who else would build prisons in a time of declining crime, a religious person who believes in nothing but punishment. They are totally demented and the ones who aren’t pretend to be, so they’ll fit in.

  6. Kenneth Copeland Ministries northwest of Fort Worth, Texas, has, literally, mail truckloads of money coming in every day. Those are what we in the US call 18-wheelers and I think you Brits call them lorries. He gets so much money, he has his own zip (postal) code, seriously.

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