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Sociological Survey Finds Life of Sao Paulo Jews Like Those of North Americans

A sociological survey of Jews in Sao Paulo, Brazil, undertaken by the local Jewish federation in collaboration with the American Jewish Committee, has revealed the same patterns of change in Jewish life that have occurred in the major cities of North America, A.J. Committee president Philip E. Hoffman disclosed.

He said that the study, directed by Dr. Henrique Rattner, professor of social sciences at the University of Sao Paulo, showed a trend away from traditional customs and practices and away from the old Jewish neighborhoods as families acquired affluence, and as the number of native-born adults exceeded the immigrant population. Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest commercial and industrial center, has a Jewish population of about 50,000, over 50 percent born in Brazil.