Community activists in Brooklyn were seen handing out flyers in an initiative to educate and warn Jewish neighborhoods against giving money to the dangerous Lev Tahor cult.
Soon after learning the fact that Lev Tahor Leader Uriel Goldman is currently in Brooklyn pretending to raise funds for families abroad in need of food and housing, whereas in reality the money is being used by the Lev Tahor cult in Guatemala- several Jewish activists took to social media and on the streets to spread the word of caution.
One of the ads posted on social media reads, “Warning: Uriel Goldman, head of Lev Tahor, is collecting funds in Brooklyn.” Another says, “Uriel Goldman is now in Brooklyn, presenting himself as someone who is collecting funds for needy families abroad. In fact, the money is used by the Lev Tahor cult in Guatemala.”
As it stands, Lev Tahor is using the money to fund travel expenses, in an attempt to reach Iran. In addition, funds are used to pay for lawyers, who are battling in court against families who are fighting to rescue their relatives being held captive.
Some ads say that the money will be used to “kidnap children.”
Lev Tahor is an extremist Jewish cult founded in the 1980s. Shunned by members of other Jewish groups and facing a kidnapping scandal, its leader Shlomo Helbrans had moved Lev Tahor to Canada in the 1990s. Helbrans then moved the group to Guatemala in 2014, in the wake of child abuse investigations in Quebec. They’re currently on trial in federal court in New York on kidnapping and fraud charges, to which they’ve pleaded not guilty.