The Allegedly Problematic Benefactors and Lubavitch Educational Center, Florida, Kiev, Crown Heights, Russia…

Chabad’s Strange Bedfellows and the Web of Interrelated Connections and People – A Gem of a Way to Coin Money…

The following are two interrelated and interconnected articles; and a link to a 2007 Wall Street Journal article which planted the seeds for the latest news. Suffice it to say, Chabad’s ties to money, power and a litany of high-powered donors is frightening in its scope. It shows the broadness of their reach.

The dots are easy to connect and are inextricably linked to the news earlier this year of ties to Chabad, the Ukraine, Guiliani and his associates. This is not to say that Guiliani has done anything wrong. That is not a statement which is being made or implied. We leave any assessments of that to far higher powers than the fingers behind this keyboard.

There are a few notable points, however, that we bring to your attention and that The Forward missed. They are important as follows:

  1. Rabbi Berel Lazar (of Putin’s Soviet Chabad “mishpacha” [family]) is the brother of Mindy Zalmanov – mentioned in The Forward article below. Mindy is said to be Lazar’s liaison in the United States. 
  2. The Link to Kiev and the Ukraine and Chabad came out months ago on numerous media sources; but the inextricable connections were published as early as 2007 by The Wall Street Journal in an article entitled: In Russia, a Top Rabbi Uses Kremlin Ties to Gain Power []:

MOSCOW — Of all the strange relationships that define today’s Russia, few are stranger than the alliance between President Vladimir Putin and an ultra-Orthodox rabbi named Berel Lazar.

Rabbi Lazar is a follower of Chabad-Lubavitch, a Hasidic sect based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, that is on the fringes of mainstream Judaism. Its devotees are known for their love of the Rebbe, their late spiritual leader. Some even think he’s the Messiah.

3. Rabbi Lezar is industrious, not thing else, and he has strong ties to other notable figures including, but not limited to Diamond Magnate Lev Leviev, who also has ties to the US government through a variety  of diamond business. His alleged arch enemy, Dan Gertler seems to have ties to Guiliani who has registered to lobby on his behalf to have the Magnitsky Sanctions lifted. It is conceivable, albeit unusual, that Leviev and Gertler might have ties cloaked in long-standing business animosity.  

4. Don’t overlook the importance of Cleveland, the prominent families there, the Chabad connections or the efforts and crusade of one man to uncover financial improprieties in Cleveland. He has been largely bullied and harrassed for his scrutiny of financial records of major Jewish organizations in Cleveland, Ohio. But, his claims should not be understated. They are not being mentioned specifically here, but can be made available for law enforcement, that so far will not touch the Cleveland story.

4. There are no coincidences. 

Law enforcement really should be taking a look…


The Not-Uncommon Tale of a Benefactor Becoming a Problem

February 21, 2020; Forward

When a nonprofit’s financial status turns a glowing red, its board is faced with an existential moment. Should the nonprofit cut its losses, wind down operations, and go out of business as gracefully as possible? Or should it continue to search for sources of funding large enough to wipe out the debts and find a way to sustainability? Turns out that even if supporters do step forward, the worries may not be over. That’s the story of the Lubavitch Educational Center (LEC) in Florida.

Forward’s Molly Boigon writes that in 2013 the LEC was seriously past due on an $8 million loan and facing multiple foreclosures. The organization’s leadership, not ready to give up on its commitment to its students and close its schools, successfully found new philanthropic support to cover its operating losses. A generous group of benefactors banded together and purchased the LEC’s property at a foreclosure sale. They then provided the organization with an affordable long-term lease and sufficient funds to satisfy other debts so the LEC could continue serving its students.

Seven years later, that generosity seems ready to bite them. The Center is facing a problem that plagues nonprofit organizations of all sizes: what to do when a source of critical funding turns out to be tainted.

Two of the donors who saved the LEC, Mordechai Korf and Uriel Tzvi Laber, have been implicated as participants in a major international money-laundering scandal. The current owners of the Ukraine-based PrivatBank are suing the bank’s former owners, alleging they absconded with $470 billion—yes, with a “b”—through a complex set of fraudulent transactions. Korf and Laber, who were part of that ownership group, have been accused of illegally profiting from those financial manipulations. According to Forward

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