Breslov Shuvu Banim hasidic sect leader Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is wanted by police in Israel for a string of alleged sex assaults against female followers (at least one of whom was a minor at the time she was allegedly assaulted) is raising money for a new Talmud Torah school for the children of followers who have fled Israel with him.
Above: Rabbi Eliezer Berland
Bail-Jumping Runaway Breslov Rabbi Wants Money For School For His Followers’ Children
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Breslov Shuvu Banim hasidic sect leader Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is wanted by police in Israel for a string of alleged sex assaults against female followers (at least one of whom was a minor at the time she was allegedly assaulted) is still on the run.
Several months ago Berland jumped bail and – apparently, his exact whereabouts are not known – escaped from the Netherlands just before he was to be placed in custody and extradited to Israel.
Before that, Berland either fled or was thrown out of several countries, Including Morocco, Zimbabwe (where he was first handcuffed and arrested), and South Africa, none of whom have extradition treaties with Israel.
Berland’s followers claim Berland is back in South Africa in hiding, a country where police twice tried to arrest him before he fled to the Netherlands in 2014, and he’s now trying to raise money to open a Breslov talmud torah school in Johannesburg to accommodate the children of his followers, 200 of which have allegedly gone from Israel to South Africa to join him.
According to a report in Yeshiva World based on a MyNet report, Berland made his appeal for funds in a letter. (A letter which could have been written anywhere in the world.)
Berland also delivers lectures and classes to his followers in Israel over the Internet and telephone.