Uriel Goldman is currently in Brooklyn pretending to fundraise for families abroad in need of food and housing. In reality the money is being used by the Lev Tahor cult in Guatemala.
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.
The remainder of Lev Tahor, which numbers an estimated 250 people, continues to live in Guatemala and has been unsuccessfully trying to move to Iran.
It has been known for a while that Lev Tahor leaders are intending on moving to Iran where they think they will be able to practice their religion more freely and will find solidarity with the Iranian regime on their anti-Zionist stance. This information is deeply concerning to the families of the cult members, most of whom are Israeli. If the cult is able to reach Iran, chances are that rather than be left to do as they please, they will be used by Iran as bargaining chips against Israel or be publicly murdered to send a message.