The Cult Education Institute for the Study of Destructive Cults, Controversial Groups and Movements was created by Rick A. Ross. Rick_RossHe is an American deprogrammer, cult specialist, and founder and executive director of the nonprofit Cult Education Institute.

via Wikipedia: Ross became concerned about extremist organizations in 1982 when he learned that a fringe religious group had encouraged missionaries to become employees at his grandmother’s nursing home where they were targeting elderly residents for conversion to Messianic Judaism.  According to Ross, the missionaries were threatening Jewish residents, many of whom had survived persecution in Europe, that they’d burn in hell if they didn’t convert.  Outraged, Ross brought this to the attention of the home’s director and of the local Jewish community and campaigned to have the group’s activities stopped. 

From the CEI Home page:

Welcome to The Cult Education Institute

The Cult Education Institute (CEI), which was formerly known as the Rick A. Ross Institute of New Jersey, is an Internet archive of information about cults, destructive cults, controversial groups and movements. CEI is an educational nonprofit tax-exempted charity and an institutional member of both the New Jersey Library Association and the American Library Association. The CEI online library, which was first launched in 1996, is constantly under construction and expanding to include new research and information. The archives contain thousands of individual documents. Within the CEI files you will find news reports, research papers, court documents, book excerpts and personal testimonies, all carefully organized within hundreds of specifically titled subsections. There are also links to additional relevant research resources.

The Cult Education Institute has a page on their web site dedicated entirelyMenachemMendelSchneerson to examining the ultra-Orthodox hasidic sect Chabad-Lubavitch.  This page contains information The Cult Education Institute has gathered about Chabad Lubavitch.

It contains a collection of links to news and follower accounts that document many problems in the Chabad organization.  Included are sources highlighting: Chabad messianism and missionary activities, child sexual abuse by rabbis, financial fraud, zoning and property conflicts instigated by Chabad, Chabad criminals (such as Shalom Rubashkin and others), and more.

This is a good information source for Baalei Teshuvah (returnees to Judaism, BTs) who are involved with Chabad.  It features a number of articles on subjects you will not hear spoken of openly in local Chabad houses and synagogues.

Here are a couple of examples:  During my time at Chabad the Shalom Rubashkin case had exploded as well as the child sexual abuse cover-up scandal in Australia later.  Regarding Rubashkin (whose case I was not familiar with at the time) I heard only that he ‘was framed’ and that it was ‘anti-Semites who were attacking’ him.  It was not until years later that I learned independently (thanks to the Internet) the facts behind the case.  In my Chabad bubble I was completely unaware of the magnitude of the case and the impact it had in the Chabad community (those in-the-know).  I also had no idea that Rubashkin was a very prominent Chabad family.  I merely recognized the name from packages of meat products.  Toward the end of my days with Chabad I mentioned the sexual abuse scandal in Australia to one of the local shluchim here.  His response was “so… you know about Australia?” in a sly, stealthy tone that was clearly saying ‘so… you know one of our secrets’ and not as if to say how horrible the situation was.  He also said nothing more on the matter.  As I have warned previously on this blog, one has to pay attention to (research) what Chabad doesn’t say as much as they need to question what they do say.

CEI also has a page which addresses other questionable Jewish groups, including Lev Tahor, Kabbalah Centre, Neturei Karta, and Call of the Shofar.

You can also find The Cult Education Institute on Facebook.

 

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