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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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  • Palestinian Federation of Chile threatens country’s Jewish leadership over BDS activist

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Palestinian Federation of Chile threatened the country’s Jewish umbrella organization over its support of Israel’s decision to bar a Chilean boycott activist from entering the Jewish state. “We warn the Jewish leadership not to play with fire,” read a statement issued Monday in Spanish by the Palestinian federation regarding its…

  • Chile should refuse entry to Israeli tourists, barred activist says

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Chilean Palestinian official is urging his country to refuse entry to Israeli tourists after he was barred from entering the Jewish state. Anuar Majluf, executive director of the Palestinian Federation of Chile and a prominent BDS, or boycott, divestment and sanctions, movement activist, was refused entry by the government of…

  • It’s Jew vs. Jew as a conservative pol’s popularity rises in Rio

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – A few days before they read from the Passover Haggadah about how God split the Red Sea waters, Brazilian Jews have never felt so split between right and left. At the center of the divide, although hardly in the Moses role, is Jair Bolsonaro, a 61-year-old conservative lawmaker who appears…

  • Mexico City mayor lays foundation stone of $5 million Jewish center

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The mayor of Mexico City laid the foundation stone of a Jewish community center slated to cost nearly $5.3 million. Miguel Angel Mancera hailed the Jewish community’s decision to invest in the city as seen by its decision to build the Kehila Ashkenazi in the  Cuauhtemoc borough. The official considers…

  • Venezuela expresses ‘desire’ to re-establish diplomatic ties with Israel

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Venezuela’s foreign minister expressed to his country’s chief rabbi “the desire to establish full relations with the State of Israel” eight years after the South American nation expelled its Israeli ambassador. “We suggested to start with a period of courtship, which means a beginning through consular relations, so that later…

  • Uruguayan Jewish man remembered on first anniversary of stabbing by Muslim convert

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Uruguayan Jews paid tribute to the memory of David Fremd, who was stabbed to death by a Muslim convert one year ago in the small town of Paysandu. Alexander Wajner, president of the Paysandu Jewish Community, said at Sunday’s ceremony that the murder was “an anti-Semitic act” and called it…

  • Mexican Jewish teen challenged to cook non-kosher food on TV reality show

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A 13-year-old Jewish girl who cooked pork during a primetime reality show on Mexican TV said “my grandfather is going to kill me.” Batia Bresca was clearly uncomfortable cooking non-kosher food during the premiere of the Mexican edition of “MasterChef Junior 2017” last week and invoked Jewish law when a referee asked…

  • Guatemala government joins with Jewish community to teach the Holocaust

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Guatemalan government partnered with the local Jewish community to launch an educational project to study the Holocaust. Another aim of the project is to promote the values ​​of tolerance and respect, the La Hora newspaper reported Tuesday. “Studying the Holocaust allows young people to see the tragic consequences of currents…

  • Latin America’s largest synagogue welcomes first female rabbi

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Latin America’s largest synagogue, the 2,000-family Congregacao Israelita Paulista in Brazil, has inaugurated its first female rabbi. Some 200 people attended the welcome ceremony for Rabbi Fernanda Tomchinsky-Galanternik held last week at the 80-year-old Sao Paulo temple, also known by the acronym CIP. Ordained in December in Argentina, the Brazilian-born…

  • Brazil’s national high school exam moved from Shabbat after Jewish lobbying

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Over 8 million Brazilian teenagers will take the annual two-day National High School Exam on Sundays, and not on Saturdays anymore, after a long-running campaign by Jewish groups and members of other religions who observe Saturday as the Sabbath. In 2016, some 76,000 applicants were confined to classrooms between 1 p.m….