RIO DE JANEIRO (Jul. 18)
President Jose Sarney of Brazil paid a visit this week to an exhibition of more than 400 Portuguese language books on Jewish themes. The exhibition, sponsored by the Chaim Nachman Bialik Library, is on display in the Hall of Brazil’s Academy of Literature. The President and his party were greeted there by the head of the Bialik Library, Dr. Gerson Berger.
The President himself is a member of the Academy of Literature, having authored seven books of poetry and short stories. He has taken special interest in Yiddish classics, books about the Holocaust and histories of Jews in Brazil.
The Bialik Library, established over 50 years ago, has nearly 10,000 books in Yiddish, Hebrew and Portuguese. It plays an important role in Jewish cultural life here.
Meanwhile, thousands of Brazilians, Jews and non-Jews, visited the Expo Brazil-Israel in Sao Paulo this week. More than 300 Israeli and Brazilian firms are displaying their products in the 300,000 square meter exhibition area. The exposition was officially opened by Minister of Commerce and Industry Roberto Gusmao and the Israel Ambassador to Brazil, Rahamin Timor.