Extremist Haredi Cult Flees Quebec, Bound for Iran

Group accused of neglecting and abusing its 137 children.

JTA
JTA
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
JTA
JTA

Forty families belonging to an extremist ultra-Orthodox cult fled their Quebec homes and are planning to go to Iran.

Members of the Lev Tahor ("Pure Heart") group left their homes on Tuesday out of fear that Canadian welfare authorities would take their children, the Times of Israel website reported Wednesday, citing an Israeli whose sister and eight children belong to the cult. The cult has been accused of neglecting and abusing its 137 children.

The members traveled to Ontario before the planned move to Iran, according to the report.

The cult, led by Israeli Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans, reportedly uses extreme violence and mind control. Most of its members are Israeli-born with Canadian-born children.

Canadian and the Quebec flags.Credit: Dreamstime

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

The Orion nebula, photographed in 2009 by the Spitzer Telescope.

What if the Big Bang Never Actually Happened?

Relatives mourn during the funeral of four teenage Palestinians from the Nijm family killed by an errant rocket in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, August 7.

Why Palestinian Islamic Jihad Rockets Kill So Many Palestinians

בן גוריון

'Strangers in My House': Letters Expelled Palestinian Sent Ben-Gurion in 1948, Revealed

AIPAC

AIPAC vs. American Jews: The Toxic Victories of the 'pro-Israel' Lobby

Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic speaks during a press conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia in May.

‘This Is Crazy’: Israeli Embassy Memo Stirs Political Storm in the Balkans

Hamas militants take part in a military parade in Gaza.

Israel Rewards Hamas for Its Restraint During Gaza Op