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  • Meet Mordechay Malka

    Mordechay Malka grew up in Lev Tahor. At age 15, he was assigned to marry, cult newcomer, Chaya Sara Weingarten - who was 24 years-old as the time. Thirteen years later, on September 9, 2022, he was sentenced to 57 months in prison for playing a leading role in an elaborate kidnap and subsequent kidnap attempts in 2018. On December 6, 2018 Mordechay Malka rented a vehicle. Working with numerous co-conspirators that included cult leader Nachman Helbrans (currently serving 12 years for his role in the abduction), they rented a motel room and purchased disguises. The Malkas smuggled drop phones to the 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother. Two days later, at around 3:00 in the morning, the children snuck out the house and into a waiting vehicle that drove them to Scranton airport, where Nachman Helbrans was waiting. Using passports belonging to Nachman’s children, they spent the day flying through several airports, eventually entering Mexico. It took three weeks and over a hundred officers from law enforcement agencies in three countries to eventually track down the children in Mexico and reunite them with their mother. It was later discovered that Mordechay Malka was playing a "double agent" (as Mr. Helbrans related) pretending to help the FBI while secretly meeting up with co-conspirators to aid in them hiding from authorities. In 2019 and 2021, Lev Tahor cult made two more attempts to kidnap the children. During the Jury trial, in which Mr. Malka attempted to represent himself, the jury found him guilty on all charges, including conspiracy for kidnapping, international kidnapping, and attempted kidnapping. During sentencing Mr. Malka said that his wife and children are currently living in New York as they seek a different path in life. His lawyer also requested that, should be be sentenced to prison time, that he not be together with other Lev Tahor leaders. But it is unclear whether he and his family actually exited the cult or if he only hinted to the fact in order to lessen his sentence. Mordechay Malka is due to begin a three year supervised release from prison in early to mid 2024.

  • PRESS RELEASE: THREE SENTENCED FOR KIDNAPPING GRANDCHILDREN OF CULT FOUNDER

    9/09/2022 | New York - "This was a horrific, horrendous, crime that was committed," stated Judge Nelson Roman during the Friday sentencing of Mordechay Malka. This was the third sentence handed down this week by Judge Roman relating to an elaborate kidnapping conspiracy that started in 2018 by members Lev Tahor - a Jewish cult that was camped in Guatemala until recently. During Friday sentencing, Mordechay Malka read a prepared speech in which he apologized profusely for his role in the crime. But the judge dismissed his remarks - pointing out his "lack of remorse" during the extent of the trial - handing him a 57 month prison sentence and three years of supervised release. On Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, Judge Roman sentenced Matityau Moshe Malka and Jacob Rosner for their respective roles in the kidnapping. Jacob Rosner had also previously pled guilty for his involvement in the brazen 2018 kidnapping of a 12-year-old boy and his 14-year-old sister, who were taken from New York to Mexico where the girl reunited with her 20-year-old husband. During the sentencing Mr. Rosner spoke passionately to the judge about his remorse and his awakening to the cult's toxic reality. The judge replied with a heartfelt speech about faith and the need for self reflection. Proceeding this, he let Mr. Rosner free on account of his time already served. Matityau Moshe Malka had been found guilty for his role in a subsequent attempted kidnapping of the same children at a later date. In contrast to his co-conspirator, the judge gave Mr. Malka, a 66-months sentence after he gave a discombobulated speech before the court. The speech included a plea that his sentence should be the same length as his “Rebbe” - Nachman Helbrans. Current cult leader, Nachman Helbrans, and a leader of Lev Tahor administration Mayer Rosner, Aron Rosner’s brother, have already been convicted and sentenced to 12 years behind bars. During the trial, testimony brought to light some of the inner-workings of the cult and significant details of the kidnapping conspiracy. On July 7, 2017 Lev Tahor cult founder and leader Shlomo Helbrans died under suspicious circumstances in a remote Mexican river. His son, Nachman, took control of the cult and added stifling new restrictions as he secured his new power. His erratic behavior caused the death of his sister two weeks after their fathers death. Nachman’s younger sister, Sara Helbrans-Teller, mother of the kidnapped children, testified during the trial that several weeks after her father and sister’s death, Nachman informed her that her 12-year-old daughter was to be engaged with a 19-year-old man. When Sara protested, Nachman publicly excommunicated her for a year, removed her 6 children from her home, and proceeded with the marriage of her daughter. Fearing for her life and the life of her children, Sara managed to escape from the cult compound near Oratorio, Guatemala along with several of her children in October, 2018. After her escape, she made her way to the home of friends in New York where she obtained orders of custody and protection. On December 6, 2018 Mordechay Malka (Matityau’s cousin - who will be sentenced by the same judge on Friday, Sept. 9, at 3:00pm) rented a vehicle. Working with numerous co-conspirators that included his cousin Matityau Malka and cult leader Nachman Helbrans (currently serving 12 years for his role in the abduction), they rented a motel room and purchased disguises. The Malkas smuggled drop phones to the 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother (at a later attempted kidnapping, Matityau Malka gave the girl a drop phone and sedatives.) Two days later, at around 3:00 in the morning, the children snuck out the house and into a waiting vehicle that drove them to Scranton airport, where Nachman Helbrans was waiting. Using passports belonging to Nachman’s children, they spent the day flying through several airports, eventually entering Mexico. Incredibly, they not only broke numerous federal laws - but as it was a Saturday, the Jewish day of rest, their behavior went against basic Jewish Halacha (law), a code the cult claims to adhere to more strictly than any other Jewish sect. It took three weeks and over a hundred officers from law enforcement agencies in three countries to eventually track down the children in Mexico and reunite them with their mother. In 2019 and 2021, Lev Tahor cult made two more attempts to kidnap the children. During the trial, the court heard from numerous witnesses including the husband of the 14-year-old girl, officials from several agencies, and a former member of the cult who had participated in the plotting and carrying out of the abduction, and who detailed the atmosphere of fear and punishments inside the cult. Evidence produced included recorded phone conversations, photographs, video footage, and documents. The upcoming trial of note is for Mordechay Malka's brother-in-laws, the Weingarten brothers, who are senior Lev Tahor leaders. The brothers were nabbed, during two separate raids, while hiding in Guatemala. Two of the three brothers were recently extradited to the United States to face trial. The raids to catch the Weingartens triggered the entire Lev Tahor community - living in one secluded Guatemala tent city - to abandon their tents and scatter around the globe. They also changed their traditional Chasidic garb for a more unique look - to prevent assimilation into other Chasidic sects while on the run. “I feel bad though,” admitted Lev Tahor survivor Mendy Levy, who escaped the cult a few years ago. “Because Mordechai Malka was not really a bad guy. He was just forced to do what he did by the Weingartens, Nachman Helbrans, and Mayer Rosner." IMAGES ASSOCIATED WITH PRESS RELEASE SHORT PROFILES: MATITYAU MOSHE MALKA JACOB ROSNER MORDECHAY MALKA — About Lev Tahor Survivors Lev Tahor Survivors was created and is run by a group of dedicated individuals focused on the rescue and support of the current victims and survivors of the Lev Tahor Cult, and has a fourfold purpose: Stop the abuse Hold abusers accountable Dismantle a harmful cult, and Assist those who need help leaving. We ourselves are NOT survivors but seek to represent and support survivors. We wanted to create a site with honest and truthful information about the Lev Tahor cult for the benefit of the public. We strive to be a dynamic resource of information about the Lev Tahor cult, to provide tools which enable convenient access to that information, and to help current victims and survivors process their past in order to move on and create their future. We tirelessly put together as much information as we could garner to arm the general public with the knowledge they would need in order to recognize this group as a cult. We do this and expect nothing in return except for the satisfaction of knowing that we have performed a useful service for the innocent and unsuspecting men, women, and children that face daily abuse. Lev Tahor Survivors info@levtahorsurvivors.com 845-262-4066 Levtahorsurvivors.com — RELATED: Department of Justice Press Release after Trial Verdict https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/lev-tahor-operatives-convicted-trial-kidnapping-offenses __ Detailed written reports and analysis from the Malka trial Day 1: https://www.levtahorsurvivors.com/post/lev-tahor-malka-trial-day-1-synopsis Day 2: https://www.levtahorsurvivors.com/post/lev-tahor-cult-leader-took-3-flights-on-shabbat-malka-trial-day-2-report — Documentaries related to the above story https://youtu.be/fMLBIwiEv3I https://youtu.be/m95BTIEpvOc

  • True Crime Byline: Reporting on Lev Tahor with Jason Madger

    In November 2013, about 250 members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect Lev Tahor fled the Laurentians town of Ste-Agathe-des-Monts to avoid a hearing in youth court. The group was facing allegations of child abuse and neglect from Quebec’s youth-protection department — such as corporal punishment in school, underage marriage, sexual abuse of minors and squalid living conditions. Listen to the podcast episode below to hear from Gazette reporter Jason Magder as he reflects on what it was like to cover Lev Tahor as the story was breaking. Continue reading at https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/true-crime-byline-reporting-on-lev-tahor-with-jason-madger

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  • Videos | Lev Tahor Survivors

    Three Lev Tahor Deaths New Video: Yoel Levy's Dramatic Escape After 3 Suspicious Deaths in Cult Cult Mastermind of Lev Tahor: Uriel Goldman He has raised millions of dollars to fund the Lev Tahor cult, which has continued to thrive following the death of its leader Shlomo... Sous l’emprise de la secte Lev Tahor Mendy Levy a grandi sous le joug de la secte juive extrémiste Lev Tahor. Il a vécu avec des membres de ce groupe à Saint-Agathe-des-Monts... Mendy Levy: I escaped Lev Tahor Cult after they tried to force me to marry 12 y/o cousin Watch the story of Mendy Levy - in his own words. Mendy escaped Lev Tahor shortly after his brother Yoel Levy escaped. Lev Tahor leader talking and praising Israel As you can see from the video although these evil leaders maintain their hate and disdain for Israel, here they are seen praising the... Anti-Zionist Jewish cult seeks asylum in Iran חיון ובעלה עזר, היו בכת החסודה "לב טהור"(טהור כמו זפת), שניהם ברחו ממנה והשאירו את 9 ילדיהם אמנון לוי בשש, אסתר חיון ובעלה עזר, היו בכת החסודה "לב טהור"(טהור כמו זפת), שניהם ברחו ממנה והשאירו את 9 ילדיהם ומלא נכדים שם לנפשם,... A Survivor of 'Pure Heart', a Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Cult, Speaks Out — Hear His Story HOLY LAND UNCOVERED | At the age of 14, Yisrael Amir was forced to join a Jewish ultra-orthodox cult called ‘Pure Heart’ — located in... Armed Guatemalan Police Raided Lev Tahor Compound Holy Land Uncovered: The Lev Tahor Ultra-Orthodox Cult A look at the Lev Tahor notorious Jewish cult following a photo exhibition at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem Guatemalan TV Coverage On Lev Tahor Raid Rabbi of the Pure Hearts : Inside Lev Tahor - the fifth estate Life in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Lev Tahor is supposed to be simple: the rules for dress, diet, schooling, marriage and... 16X9: Under the veil of Lev Tahor, Jewish sect accused of abuse The ultra-orthodox Jewish community of Lev Tahor is fighting to keep their children amid allegations from youth protection officers that... After the Cameras Went Away : Lev Tahor Even after a story airs on television, the fifth estate does not stop investigating. In our season finale 'After the Cameras Went Away',... Documentary: Lev Tahor leader lied in refugee application to Canada The leader of the fringe haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor may have used false evidence to gain refugee status in Canada, a Canadian... Lev Tahor Mother Pleads With Public A mother in the Lev Tahor community who is the subject of a child protection proceeding sent a letter to media outlets Friday afternoon... Lev Tahor Documentary Part I with English subtitles Amnon Levi interviews Aryeh Laver, a 21-year-old Israeli whose mother joined the extreme Jewish group, Lev Tahor, then living in... Ultra Orthodox Sect Lev Tahor Facing Religious Persecution Members of the Jewish Ultra Orthodox sect Lev Tahor in Canada respond to allegations of physical abuse of kids, child marriages, and more. Judge Orders Foster Care For 14 Lev Tahor Children An ultra-Orthodox Jewish community that fled Quebec for Ontario amid an investigation into alleged child neglect says it's being targeted... Lev Tahor in Chatham, Ontario Uriel Goldman, spokesperson for the fundamentalist Jewish group Lev Tahor speaks in in Chatham, Ontario on November 28, 2013. Lev Tahor member defends the Jewish sect Yoil Weingarten, a member of the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect Lev Tahor, defends his community and accuses Israel of being behind the... 1 2

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