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Brazilian Daily Opposes Separate Jewish Cultural Life, Urges Integration

A leading Brazilian daily newspaper voiced opposition today to the concept of “a separate Jewish cultural life in Brazil, ” and called for complete integration of the Jewish community into Brazil.

The newspaper, O Estado do Sao Paulo, the largest in Brazil, has been consistently friendly to the State of Israel and vigorous in its condemnation of anti-Semitism. It took this position on the status of Jews in the Brazilian community in the course of an editorial in which it criticized Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, for urging Latin American Jewish leaders to fight against assimilation. Dr. Goldmann delivered the keynote address here, last week, opening a conference of representatives of Jewish communities in 10 Latin American states.

The paper said that, instead of fighting against assimilation, Brazilian Jews should seek complete integration in the general population.