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CN Advisory: High Concern

Bnei Torah

1491 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY 11230

EIN: 06-1594021


On June 28, 2013, The New York Attorney General's Office reported on the operations of Bnei Torah, a former charity that has recently dissolved, in a press release titled, "A.G. Schneiderman Obtains Court Order Shutting Down Brooklyn Charity Ring." For this reason, we have issued a High Concern CN Advisory. For more information, please see The New York Attorney General's Office press release.

The press release notes that "beyond the individual defendants, the suit names 19 organizations or 'names' used by Weingarten to carry out his operation, including seven not-for-profit corporations (Hatzalah Rescue Of Israel, Inc.; Shearim, Inc. A/K/A Shearin; Bnei Torah, Inc.; Chesed L'yisrael V'chasdei Yosef, Inc.; Yad L'shabbat, Inc.; Hatzalah Shomron, Inc.; Pulse Foundation, Inc. A/K/A Pulse: The Israel Leukemia And Cancer Society). Four "religious" corporations are also named as defendants (Agudath Chesed Bikur Cholim Israel, Inc.; Kupat Reb Meir Baal Haness Bnei Torah Eretz Yisrael, Inc.; Congregation Yad L'shabbat, Inc.; and Shearim Hayad L'torah Center For Hatzalah L'shabbat and Chesed L'yisrael, Inc.), and eight "charities" that exist in name only (Israel Emergency Center; Magen Israel; Hayad Victim Assistance Fund; Lmaan Hatorah; Our Children; Zaka Israel A/K/A Zaka; Yaldei Simcha Yisrael; and Yad Yisrael)."

On July 23, 2014, the New York Attorney General reported on the charges of improper conduct taking place at Bnei Torah in a press release titled, "A.G. Schneiderman Announces Criminal Conviction and $500k Civil Judgement Against NYC Fundraiser Who Solicited Donations for Fraudulent Charities in the Name of Israeli Causes." For more information regarding the charges reported, please see the New York Attorney General's press release.

The concerns raised about organizational legitimacy and/or federal tax law compliance are serious both in nature and scope and have thus warranted this CN Advisory. We have published this advisory to provide donors with content that they may find useful when making their giving decisions. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 06-1594021
Name in IRS Master File BNEI TORAH
NTEE Code X30
NTEE Classification Jewish
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Foundation Status Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 - Not required to file (church)
Fiscal Year End December

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Bnei Torah
1491 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11230
EIN: 06-1594021

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