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Jewish Lawmaker Dies Five Hours After Taking New Post

Jacob Salvador Zweibil, a four-term member of the Sao Paulo State Legislature who was long active in the Jewish community, died of a heart attack earlier this month only five hours after taking office as Secretary of Culture in Sao Paulo’s municipal government. Zweibil, 65 at the time of his death, had been a member of the board of directors of Hebraica and Maccabi. He was born in Brazil.

Janio Quadros, Mayor of Sao Paulo and a former President of Brazil, who appointed Zweibil, promptly nominated Helio Dechtiar, another Jewish community leader, to replace him.

In an unrelated development, Jose Goldenberg, a professor of physics, was elected President of the University of Sao Paulo, the largest university in Brazil, Goldenberg is also active in the local Hebraica.