Here is a copy of the article in Hebrew which appeared today. Below it please find the translation into English.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Yediot Aharonot, 3 November 2014
A Couple from Haifa is Suing the Scientology Organization In the amount of 3 Million Shekels
By: Lital Dobrovitsky
A lawsuit in the amount of 3 million Shekels was filed yesterday by a couple from Haifa against the International Center of Scientology and the Center of Scientology in Israel. The couple, who claims they were members of the Church of Scientology for 32 years, allege that they were slandered and libeled by the organization’s management, which caused damage to them and to the self improvement center that they manage in Israel.
The couple, Dani and Tamar Lemberger, claim that until the end of June 2012, they were members of the Church of Scientology, and even progressed markedly on their own “self improvement” process according to Scientology doctrine, to what is considered the next to highest grade in this process.
As part of this process, they had many sessions of the technique of “auditing”, from the word audio – to listen, which is conducted in privacy between the guide and the person receiving the auditing, under a commitment for total secrecy. The couple alleges that this promise of confidentiality was breached in their case.
The lawsuit states that in late 1991, after a long stay in the United States, the couple returned to Israel and opened a private center for the delivery of Scientology consulting services, which operated until June 2012 under license of the Church of Scientology.
They claim that they expanded the center and frequently received commendations for their achievements from the organization’s management in Israel and worldwide.
According to the lawsuit, all changed in March 2012, when Dani Lemberger sent a letter to the chairman of the Church of Scientology, in which he expressed his concern that the church is not operating correctly to achieve its goals, that it focuses on fundraising of huge sums for wrong purposes, and that it does not build local leadership.
According to the plaintiffs, a few months later, in June 2012, they were sent a letter which declared them, “Suppressive Persons,”. This, says the lawsuit, “means, in Scientology terminology, that they are antisocial personalities and that they are unworthy of remaining members of the Church of Scientology”.
Immediately following this, they claim, the organization’s management, in Israel and the world over, embarked upon a punitive and smear campaign against them, while using confidential information from their personal files and from the auditing sessions they received. As a result, they claim, tens of their customers left the self improvement center they manage.
The plaintiffs clarify in the lawsuit that they are no longer willing to be identified with the Church of Scientology, and that their center also announces that it is not connected to Scientology.
The plaintiffs are represented by Adv. Yoram Aviram. The defendants’ statement of defense has not yet been issued.
The Center of Scientology Israel has responded as follows: “No lawsuit has yet been presented to us. If and when we receive such, our legal representatives will study it, and we will submit a response accordingly. On the surface, it looks like false claims are made, aimed at nothing but damaging our good reputation and extorting money unlawfully”.
10 thoughts on “The Lembergers vs. the Church of Scientology”
And congratulations for rightfully defending yourselves. If more Scientologists were willing to do the same and hundreds of lawsuits were filed, I can assure that things would start moving internationally in a direction more favorable to the ones that practices real Scientology. What I don’t understand Dany, is why this comment in the news article : “and that their center also announces that it is not connected to Scientology”.
Success in your endeavors !!!
Yes, congratulations and best of luck to Dani and Tami!
thetaclear, you also wrote: “What I don’t understand Dany, is why this comment in the news article : ‘and that their center also announces that it is not connected to Scientology’.”
In this case, I think what he means by “Scientology” is the Church of Scientology. That’s what most people understand the word to mean. Maybe we should start spelling it without a capital ‘S’ when we’re not referring to the church – so that it is understood to mean the subject itself, scientology.
Hi Peter, thank you for your warm words.
Marildi is right, we (Dror Center) announce that we are not connected to the Church of Scientology. The reporter did not contact us when writing her article. She somehow gathered the information by herself I guess.
Thanks for the clarification Motti.
I had thought so, that the reporter might have quoted wrongly.
My best wishes to you all !!!
I am postulating a big victory!
well done for integrity and we wish you lots of strenghts and luck.
Wishing you a speedy victory in this lawsuit. Justice is on your side!
More than 30 years Scientologist,OT-7.
Three times the best scientology auditor in the world.
The auditor, which has given a hand to many, many people for reach the greatest improvements in their life and spiritual freedom conditions declared as “Suppressive Persons”???????
Scientologist and Mister Mitskevich WAKE UP.
Thank you Igal !
We appreciate your support and friendship !
The Tech of Hubbard is free to be used and available to all.
Danny your an Israeli commando with big balls. I have a good feeling the courts there will be logical then here in America. Thanks for the great news.