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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.


  • After row over settler envoy, Brazil approves Israeli consul

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Days after Israel agreed to withdraw a former settler leader as its ambassador to Brazil, Brasilia approved the appointment of a lower-level Israeli diplomat to Sao Paulo. The Brazilian government formally approved Dorin Goren as Israel’s consul general in Sao Paulo on Thursday. His name was OK’d by Israel’s Cabinet on Jan. 17,…

  • Brazil Hillel feigns closure in bizarre marketing stunt

    The Jewish campus group’s Rio branch announced it would not close down just three hours after lamenting that it would – provoking outrage.

  • Palestinians inaugurate embassy in Brazil, first in Western Hemisphere

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A new building housing the first Palestinian Authority embassy in the Western Hemisphere was inaugurated in Brasilia. The PA’s envoy to Brazil, Ibrahim Alzeben, led Wednesday’s event, which was attended by left-wing Brazilian government officials, representatives of Arab countries and members of the local Arab community. A week earlier, Alzeben…

  • Jewish hotspots during Brazil’s blockbuster Carnival season

    Whether you’re headed to Brazil for Carnival — or just wish you were — the top five spots for Jews to celebrate.

  • Ex-Brazilian official likens media treatment of ex-president to Nazis against Jews

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – An influential Brazilian ex-governor and government minister compared the media treatment of ex-President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva to that of the Nazis against Jews and other minorities during the Holocaust. “The media makes Lula the Jew of the decade, like the Nazis made Jews and communists the target of…

  • Palestinian Authority envoy commemorates Holocaust in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The ambassador of the Palestinian Authority in Brazil joined several Jewish and non-Jewish officials to commemorate the Holocaust at a ceremony in Brazil’s capital. “I could not be absent. It is very important to remember this date,” the PA envoy, Ibrahim Alzeben, declared at the event in Brasilia in honor…

  • Brazilian Jewish-themed film expected to set box-office record

    “Os Dez Mandamentos,” a literal translation to Portuguese of “The Ten Commandments,” is based on the biblical story of Moses, as well as a Brazilian soap opera.

  • Ecuador opens only kosher restaurant

    (JTA) — A kosher fast-food restaurant believed to be the only one of its kind in Ecuador has opened in its largest city. Kosher Pita Grill serves Middle Eastern-style food in Guayquil, a coastal city with nearly 30 Jewish families. “We Jews did not have a place to eat. So I have persuaded the local…

  • 200 Brazilian academics sign on to anti-Israel boycott

    Most of the professors and researchers who signed an online petition serve at government-run public universities, including the country’s most prestigious.

  • Brazilian publisher backs off new printing of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’

    The Jewish community and scholars had pressured Edipro to cancel the release.