Lev Tahor pulling out of Canada

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Jane Sims, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:23 PM ET

Most of an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect who suddenly arrived in Chatham-Kent eight months ago to elude Quebec child protection authorities have left Canada, their lawyer confirmed.

Only five or six families numbering about 40 people are left in the Lev Tahor settlement of the more than 200 who came to Ontario after fleeing Ste. Agathe-des-Monts, Que.

Most of the community have made their way to be reunited in Guatemala. Others have gone to the United States and Israel.

“This story is going to end not with a bang, but with a very loud fizzle,” said Toronto lawyer Guidy Mamann who was hired by the group last spring.

“I think we’re just seeing the last chapter of the Lev Tahor story being written in Canada in terms of their presence here.”

Mamann said he speaks to the group’s leaders almost every day and is helping to tie up loose ends before all the Lev Tahor members leave Canada.

“I don’t think anybody is planning on staying.”

Mamann said the group is disappointed it couldn’t stay in Canada because they had hoped to live a quiet life in Ontario. They’re grateful to the people of Chatham-Kent for their kindness.

A devout Jew, Mamann said he visited the settlement a week ago and was saddened to discover the men could no longer conduct proper morning services because they needed 10 men to form a minion.

“I think that’s what I am going to remember the most, what may be my last visit to Chatham,” he said. “That the yeshiva more or less closed down. They have only six guys left.”

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