Field report: Visiting the mission that told the Church of Scientology to take a hike - 2016-07-02
It's not every day that we're in Haifa, Israel, so we decided we had better take advantage of the situation and drop by to see Dani and Tami Lemberger at their remarkable breakaway Scientology mission.
Back in 2012, we considered it one of the most sure signs that David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology were in a crisis. A mission that had been operating since 1992 and providing steady income for the church broke away en masse and has remained an independent Scientology mission since then.
Dani and Tami had been Scientologists since around 1980, and Tami had won multiple awards as one of the best auditors on the planet. Each of them had spent huge amounts of money going up Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom." And like so many other longtime, loyal church members, they had become disaffected by Miscavige's management style, and by changes he was making to the church, with an intense new focus on fundraising.