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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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  • Israel thanks Guatemala for pivotal role in creation of the Jewish state

    (JTA) — The head of the Knesset thanked Guatemala for its critical role in helping establish the State of Israel as the Central American nation’s president wrapped up a four-day visit there. President Jimmy Morales ended his visit to Israel on the day 69 years ago that the United Nations voted in favor of the…

  • In meeting with Jewish leaders, new Rio mayor says city should be ‘walled like Jerusalem’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The mayor-elect of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, declared that Brazil’s second largest city should surround itself with walls like Jerusalem. The major-elect, who is also an evangelical bishop, said the walls could prevent the entry of arms and drugs. “We are living during a deep moral crisis,” he said, referring…

  • Wife of Israeli ambassador excluded from annual get-together

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The wife of the Israeli ambassador to Chile was excluded from an annual gathering of the wives of diplomats serving in the South American country. Michal Hayet was the only wife not invited to the event Sunday, which this year was held at the Palestinian Club, a large sports facility and social club…

  • Brazilian activist named Israel’s honorary consul of the year

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israel’s honorary consul here was recognized by the Jewish state for his diplomatic efforts. The Foreign Ministry named Osias Wurman the first ever “honorary consul of the year” Friday in a Miami. “This is the top of the line, the maximum point that I, as a Brazilian, can serve the State…

  • Mexico City mayor lays foundation stone for Jewish center

    (JTA) — Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera laid the foundation stone for the Jewish Documentation and Research Center of Mexico. Several Mexican Jewish and non-Jewish officials attended Sunday’s ceremony to launch the new headquarters of the center. The building, located next to the historic Rodfe Sedek synagogue, is expected to open in one year. “I was very attentive…

  • Rio’s evangelical new mayor to celebrate victory in Israel

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The mayor-elect of Rio de Janeiro, a prominent evangelical leader, reportedly will be going to Israel to celebrate his victory. Marcelo Crivella, who was elected Sunday, will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat next week, several Brazilian media outlets reported, citing the mayor-elect himself as the source….

  • Design of Sao Paulo Jewish Museum chosen as best project in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The design of the building that will house the future Sao Paulo Jewish Museum, which is currently under construction, has been chosen as the best project among 1,200 contenders for the annual Great Award of Corporate Architecture in Brazil. Designed by architects Simoni D. Saidon and Mauro Martins, from Botti Rubin’s office,…

  • South America’s largest city to partner with Israeli app Waze to tackle urban traffic

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – The mayor-elect of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has announced his city will use the Israeli traffic and navigation app Waze to help manage the heavy traffic tackled by nearly 20 million people every day. Joao Doria met Waze’s chief executive officer Noam Bardim on Sunday to discuss how to develop together technology solutions…

  • Mexican synagogue vandalized twice after Jews lobbied against UNESCO vote

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Vandals broke glass windows, smashed furniture, and painted graffiti on the walls of Mexico City’s Agudas Ajim synagogue in two separate attacks. The attackers used red paint simulating blood to write the word “perros,” which means dogs, and the letter “A” for anarchy, in last week’s incidents. The vandalism occurred after local…

  • Italian man arrested for anti-Semitic slurs against Jewish man at Brazilian airport

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Italian passenger was arrested after yelling anti-Semitic slurs and making the Nazi salute to a kippah-wearing Brazilian Jewish man at an airport in Rio de Janeiro. Fabrizio Trinchero was released after paying a $600 bail following his arrest Wednesday. He owns a food kiosk at a Rio beach, the…