(AKA: Erez Albaranes)
Piarco International Airport - Trinidad
Leader - Lev Tahor (“Pure Heart”) Haredi Community, Toronto, Canada
Jewish Islamic Movement - Jerusalem, Israel
At the time Helbran headed a small group called Lev Tahor is described as an offshoot of the Satmar movement of the Hasidic Jews.
Man Is Charged in Disappearance of Child (04/10/1992)
Kidnapped or Converted? (08/02/1992)
Update; U.S. Still Searching For Missing Boy (12/12/1992)
Rabbi and Wife Arrested in Disappearance of Boy (02/13/1993)
Religion and Law Clash, And a Boy Is Still Missing (02/14/1993)
Bail Posted For Rabbi In Kidnapping (02/15/1993)
Rabbi Is Said to Have Offered Deal for Missing Boy (02/16/1993)
Rabbi Pleads Not Guilty in Kidnapping (02/17/1993)
- Perjury Conviction In Abduction Case (02/04/1994)
- Boy, 15, in Religious Tug-of-War Meets With Parents After 2 Years (03/01/1994)
- Father Requests Return to Israel For Boy in Religious Tug-of-War (03/04/1994)
- Rabbi Agrees to Guilty Plea in Boy's Kidnapping (03/08/1994)
- Corrections (03/12/1994)
- Custody Settled in Case of Boy Who Disappeared (03/18/1994)
- Jewish Youth And Parents To Split Again (03/25/1994)
- Judge Orders Abduction Trial In Dispute Over Jewish Youth (04/14/1994)
- Jewish Teen-Ager Fights Return to His Parents (04/21/1994)
- Withdraws Plea (07/12/1994)
- Custody-Rift Youth Is Reported Missing (09/18/1994)
- Trial Is Set for 3 on Charges of Kidnapping Hasidic Youth (10/12/1994)
- Mother Tells Of Pressures On Jewish Son By a Rabbi (10/12/1994)
- Tactics in the Battle Over Hasidic Boy Push the Case Toward Melodrama (10/17/1994)
- Metro Digest (10/251994)
- Boy's Father Testifies in Kidnap Trial of Rabbi (10/25/1994)
- Transcript at Rabbi's Trial Is Interpreted in Two Ways (10/26/1994)
- Orthodox Rabbi Found Guilty Of Kidnapping a Jewish Youth (11/10/1994)
- Rabbi Given Prison Term In Kidnapping Of Teen-Ager (11/23/1994)
- Metro Digest - Gets Prison Term (11/23/1994)
- Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Kidnap Jewish Youth (12/11/1994)
- Judge Upsets Conviction of Rabbi's Wife (12/16/1994)
- Computer Replaces Razor For Rabbi's Prison Picture (12/29/1994)
- U.S. Asks Whether Leniency for Rabbi Had Link to a Pataki Backer (04/26/1998)
- Widening Inquiry On Pataki Donors And Parole Board (08/19/1999)
Rabbi Is Deported 5 Years After Conviction, Lawyer Says (05/12/2000)
- Former Parole Official Is Indicted in Influence-Peddling Inquiry (06/13/2000)
- Overcoming Tug of War Of His Family and Rabbi (04/01/2001)
- Lev Tahor: Pure as the driven snow, or hearts of darkness? (03/09/2012)
- ’When you’re on the path of truth, you don’t care what others say’ (03/16/2012)
- The Brooklyn D.A.’s Office Is Having a Terrible Day (06/05/2012)
- Refugee Hearing Documents for Shlomo Helbrans (10/01/2013)
- Suspected Jewish child abuse cult flees Quebec homes (11/20/2013)
- Extremist haredi Orthodox sect staying in Canada (11/24/2013)
- Jewish sect Lev Tahor flees Quebec amid child neglect allegations (11/25/2013)
- Lev Tahor sect controlled kids with fear, youth court told (01/16/2014)
- Quebec police raid homes of Lev Tahor sect members in Chaham, Ont. (01/30/2014)
- Children to be removed from Lev Tahor community: Judge (02/03/2014)
- Lev Tahor sect denied appeal of child removal order (02/22/2014)
- Lev Tahor leader Shlomo Helrans' refugee case questioned (02/27/2014)
- Police documents list allegations of abuse, forced marriages in Lev Tahor sect
- Rabbi of the Pure Hearts: Inside Lev Tahor (02/28/2014)
- Member of Lev Tahor sect flee Canada, intercepted in Trinidad (03/06/2014)
- Lev Tahor: Ontario should have seen flight risk, Quebec says (03/07/2014)
- Case of Rabbi Nachman Helbrans
- Case of Jacob Frank and The Frankist Movement
- Case of Sabbatai Zevi
- Cults, Mind Control, Sex Crimes and the Jewish Community
Rabbi Is Said to Have Offered Deal for Missing Boy
Accusations of Abuse
Father Requests Return to Israel For Boy in Religious Tug-of-War
Rabbi Agrees to Guilty Plea in Boy's Kidnapping
Points of Agreement
Jewish Youth And Parents To Split Again
Judge Orders Abduction Trial In Dispute Over Jewish Youth
Tough Words Outside Court
Rabbi Withdraws Plea
A Hasidic rabbi yesterday withdrew his guilty plea to a lesser charge and will stand trial on charges of kidnapping a Jewish teen-ager from his parents.
he rabbi, Shlomo Helbrans, is accused of kidnapping (Boy's Name Removed) (Father's Name Removed), 15, who disappeared in April 1992 while attending a Brooklyn yeshiva that was run by the rabbi. The boy resurfaced publicly early this year, saying he had not been kidnapped but had run away from his mother because she was abusive.
Custody-Rift Youth Is Reported Missing
(Boy's Name Removed), who has been at the center of a long custody battle after he disappeared with a Hasidic rabbi in Brooklyn, has disappeared again, his mother says.
Trial Is Set for 3 on Charges of Kidnapping Hasidic Youth
Mother Tells Of Pressures On Jewish Son By a Rabbi
Crying on the witness stand, the mother of a Jewish teen-ager who prosecutors say was kidnapped by an ultra-Orthodox rabbi and his wife testified yesterday that shortly before her son disappeared for nearly two years the defendants intensely pressured her to leave the boy with them.
The mother, (Name Removed), said that at one point before her son, (Boy's Name Removed), vanished in April 1992 she had to call the police for help in getting her son away from the rabbi's yeshiva in Brooklyn where she had allowed the boy to stay for nearly a month.
She testified that she called the police after the rabbi, Shlomo Helbrans, said " 'If you don't want your son to be religious I have the right to take him away from you' " and after one of the rabbi's followers "held my arm and twisted my arm."
She acknowledged that her son, who is now 15, wanted to stay at the Borough Park yeshiva rather than go home with her to Ramsey, N.J., but she suggested that he had been brainwashed. "He had a strange look in his eyes, like someone who's here and not here," the 33-year-old Ms. (Name Removed) told the jury in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.
Mrs. (Name Removed) was the first witness in the emotionally charged case that stems from the bitter tug-of-war over the boy's care and religious upbringing. She took the stand after prosecutors and defense lawyers, in their opening statements, painted sharply contrasting pictures of the dispute involving the worlds of secular and ultra-Orthodox Jewry.
Assistant District Attorney Alan M. Vinegrad said that Rabbi Helbrans and his wife, Malka, 32, and other conspirators "took (Boy's Name Removed) from his parents and hid (Boy's Name Removed) from his parents" for nearly two years.
But the rabbi's lawyer, Paul K. Rooney, said there was no kidnapping because the youth ran away from a troubled and dysfunctional family in which his stepfather "beat him up, pushed him around, snorted cocaine and beat the mother" so that she and her children "ended up in a shelter" for battered women.
"The rabbi and his wife gave ths boy sanctuary, as anybody would, with no criminal intent whatsoever, much less kidnapping him or trying to steal him from his mother," Mr. Rooney declared.
Rabbi Helbrans heads a small Hasidic sect.
With the jury out of the room, Ms. David told the judge, Justice Thaddeus E. Owens, that she would question Mrs. (Name Removed) about information that Mrs. (Name Removed) is infatuated with Mr. Vinegrad, which could further color her testimony. Mr. Vinegrad told the judge that "the source of the information is unreliable."
Mr. Vinegrad, a Federal prosecutor, has been designated a special Brooklyn assitant district attorney so that he can take part in the state trial. He led a Federal investigation of (Boy's Name Removed)'s disappearance while the Brooklyn district attorney's office also investigated the case.
(Boy's Name Removed) disappeared after receiving bar mitzvah instruction at Rabbi Helbrans's yeshiva. Mrs. (Name Removed) said yesterday she had sent him there at the recommendation of her aunt. (Boy's Name Removed) resurfaced publicly last February in Rockland County, and is now the subject of a custody dispute between his mother and another rabbi, Aryeh Zaks, of Suffern, N.Y. Since reappearing, he has said he was not kidnapped but voluntarily ran away from home.
Mrs. (Name Removed), who said she does not consider herself religious, said that at one point Rabbi Helbrans said to her, " 'Why are you sending your kids to public school?' He told me it's not good for Jewish kids to go to school with black kids, Italians and other Christians."
This testimony brought angry objections from the defense lawyers, who called it
Prosecutors in the trial of Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans maintain he criminally abetted the disappearance of a 15-year-old.
Boy's Father Testifies in Kidnap Trial of Rabbi
An ultra-Orthodox rabbi accused of having kidnapped a Jewish teen-ager said he would pay $10,000 for the youth's mother to give up custody of the boy, according to a secretly recorded conversation presented as evidence at his trial.
Orthodox Rabbi Found Guilty Of Kidnapping a Jewish Youth
Rabbi Given Prison Term In Kidnapping Of Teen-Ager
An ultra-Orthodox rabbi was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison for kidnapping a Jewish teen-ager who disappeared from his family for two years. Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans was given the prison term after he declared that he was the victim of a "blood libel," and after the youth's mother spoke with equal intensity about losing her son to "people who control his mind."
A 21-year-old Hasidic Jew pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to kidnap (Boy's Name Removed) (Father's Name Removed), a Jewish teen-ager who disappeared for two years before resurfacing in Rockland County, N.Y.
Judge Upsets Conviction of Rabbi's Wife
A conflict between a New York State prison regulation requiring that inmates be photographed clean-shaven and a religious belief that a man's beard must not be touched was resolved in Federal court yesterday through the latest computer technology.
A former member of the New York State Parole Board was charged yesterday with repeatedly lying before a federal grand jury when questioned about whether the board had given preferential treatment to an inmate whose friends and family contributed to Gov. George E. Pataki's 1994 election campaign.
The Brooklyn D.A.’s Office Is Having a Terrible Day
By Joe Coscarelli
The New Yorker - June 6, 2012
And as icing on the bad-press cake, one of Hynes's employees allegedly punched a cop.
There have also been cases of violence. Parents and other family members have sometimes come to the community and tried to forcibly take their children back. Complaints have been filed with the police from both sides, each accusing the other of provocation. Helbrans says he has been hospitalized at least twice after taking a beating. There have also been appeals made to the rabbinical courts, primarily in the United States, in an attempt to excommunicate the community. To this day, most of the controversy surrounding the community has been aroused in the wake of struggles like these.
An organization from Brooklyn called the Central Rabbinical Congress raised $250,000 to make the bail payment for Helbrans and his wife. Helbrans’ trial began in January 1994 and lasted five weeks. According to the indictment, he was facing a possible 25-year sentence. The New York Times, which gave the story extensive coverage, reported: “Throughout the trial, the rabbi insisted that Shai fled to him because of beatings he was receiving at home. And his mother, Chana Fhima, insisted that her rights to the child had been ignored. ‘You brainwashed him! You brainwashed him!’ she shouted out in the courtroom. The rabbi insisted, clutching a prayer book to his chest, that he had nothing to do with the boy’s disappearance and that he himself had tried to search for him.”
Quebec youth protection says children aren't capable of doing basic math
Authorities worried Quebec sect would attempt mass suicide if children seized
CBC News - January 16, 2014
Materials seized while police execute a search warrant at homes of ultra-Orthodox Jewish community members
CBS 0 January 29, 2014
Children to be removed from Lev Tahor community: Judge
Children to be removed from ultra-orthodox Jewish community
By Jason Magder
The Gazette - February 3, 2014
The fifth estate investigates refugee claim of Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans
Uriel Goldman, a spokesman for the Lev Tahor members, says that as a young
intelligence soldier in Israel’s defence force, the IDF, he was ordered to spy
on Helbrans. Instead, Goldman decided to join Lev Tahor.
|In January, police executed search warrants in several Lev Tahor |
homes in Chatham, Ont., in a raid captured by the fifth estate.
Member of Lev Tahor sect flee Canada, intercepted in Trinidad
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect members fail to appear in court to appeal seizure of 13 children
CBC News - March 8, 2014
Lev Tahor: Ontario should have seen flight risk, Quebec says
Quebec's Youth Protection Services says 30-day appeal made it possible for families to leave
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