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is JTA's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro. A freelance journalist and columnist, he contributes to Brazilian Jewish newspapers, magazines and news portals. He also produces news content for Web sites.

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  • Boris Schnaiderman, Brazil’s pioneering Russian literature translator, dies at 99

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazil’s greatest promoter of Russian literature, Boris Schnaiderman, has died. Schnaiderman died Thursday from pneumonia in Sao Paulo. He was 99. An Ukrainian-born Jew, he was the first person to translate classical Russian literature directly from the Russian language to Portuguese. A translator, writer and essayist, Schnaiderman translated great Russian…

  • 2 Brazilian senators associate Holocaust with country’s political crisis

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Two leftist Brazilian senators compared Nazi Germany and the Holocaust to Brazil’s political environment in light of President Dilma Rousseff’s suspension as part of an ongoing impeachment process. “In times of crisis, the Jewish people are historically designated as ‘guilty’ for the evil that does not concern it. And history…

  • Israeli tourist killed in motorcycle crash on Colombian island

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Israeli tourist was killed in a traffic accident on the Colombian coral island of San Andreas in the Caribbean. Ohad Menshahoff, 23, of Ashkelon, was riding a rented motorcycle with friends when they were struck and killed by a car traveling at high speed on the dangerous San Luis Highway on…

  • Homeless Israeli woman given shelter in Rio thanks to Jewish Facebook campaign

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A homeless Israeli woman was taken to an old person’s home thanks to a rapid response by the local Jewish community initiated on Facebook. Olga Babaev, 56, approached Ilana Chafir Cohen, a volunteer at Rio Jewish organizations, on Tuesday and asked her for money in accented English. Upon learning Babaev was Israeli, Cohen put out…

  • Swastikas painted in Rio Jewish neighborhood

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Three swastikas were found painted on walls in a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood most heavily populated with middle-class and elderly Jews. The president of the Rio Jewish federation, Paulo Maltz, filed a police report Wednesday about the anti-Semitic graffiti in the Copacabana section, which has several synagogues, a Jewish day…

  • Statue of acclaimed Brazilian Jewish writer is new photo spot on Rio beach

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A statue of Clarice Lispector, a celebrated modernist author in Brazil, has become a popular photo spot in Rio since its inauguration on Sunday. Born in Ukraine in 1920 and later naturalized a Brazilian citizen, Clarice Lispector has been described as among the most important Jewish writers since Franz Kafka….

  • Guatemalan protesters use anti-Semitic language to blast Israeli-owned power company

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Demonstrators in Guatemala used anti-Semitic language to protest the Central American country’s major power company, which is owned by an Israeli group. Energuate, a private power supplier owned by Israeli company IC Power, was targeted by protests last week that included congressmen, businessmen and members of the military, the Estado de…

  • Israeli-born economist confirmed head of Brazil’s Central Bank

      RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Ilan Goldfajn, an Israeli-born economist with an acknowledged career in both the public and private sectors, was confirmed Tuesday as president of Brazil’s Central Bank. Goldfajn, 50, a Haifa native who was raised in Rio de Janeiro, has served as chief economist at Itau, Brazil’s largest private bank, and deputy…

  • Salvadoran savior of tens of thousands of Jews honored in Germany

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An army colonel and diplomat from El Salvador who helped save tens of thousands of Jews from Nazi persecution during World War II by providing them with false Salvadoran identity papers was honored in Germany. The tribute to Jose Arturo Castellanos, who served as El Salvador’s consul general in Geneva,…

  • President of Panama visits country’s first synagogue for its 140th birthday

    The congregation’s president Moises Abadi boasted that some of its members have played a pivotal role in the country’s history.