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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.

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  • Unable to work in Israel, Brazilian dentists demand employment permits

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A group of Brazilian immigrants who have been unable to work in their professions in the health field in Israel demanded work permits during a Knesset session. Representatives of the Israeli ministries of health, absorption and education, as well as the Jewish Agency, heard claims Tuesday from dentists, psychologists, physiotherapists, phonologists and…

  • Mexican beer featuring swastika-clad Donald Trump quickly sells out

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Mexican beer that depicts U.S. President Donald Trump wearing a Nazi swastika quickly sold out of its first batch. The label of the new Amigous Cerveza craft beer shows Trump dressed in traditional mariachi band attire, wearing a sombrero hat and a swastika belt buckle, Reuters first reported. The beer…

  • Brazil’s leading voice in social media stars in Jewish identity campaign

    Popular Brazilian journalist Marc Tawil, 43, spoke about the Jewish influences in his life and career in a 10-minute-long video in Portuguese as part of the web-based “Judaism Does Good” campaign run by the Sao Paulo Jewish Federation.

  • Swastika painted inside Star of David on Rio Jewish club’s wall

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Vandals spray painted a swastika inside a Star of David on the entrance wall of a Jewish sports club located on a busy avenue in Rio. The Nazi symbol, drawn backwards, appeared inside the three-foot-tall Jewish symbol that identifies the Brazilian Israelite Club, a Jewish institution attended by Jews and non-Jews and whose doors…

  • Rio mayor says city residents must be inspired by Shimon Peres

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The mayor of Rio de Janeiro said in an interview that his city’s residents must be inspired by the memory of Israel’s late former president and prime minister, Shimon Peres. “The Cariocas must be inspired by Peres,” Mayor Marcello Crivella told O Globo newspaper, using the term to describe Rio’s native residents….

  • Mexico City mayor highlights country’s Sephardi heritage

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The mayor of Mexico City praised his country’s Sephardi heritage during the opening of the global biennial Erensya summit —  an initiative led by the Madrid-based Sefarad-Israel Center — on Tuesday. “In Mexico we have history, we have inheritance, we have language that comes from Sephardi history,” Miguel Angel Mancera…

  • Sephardic Jews to convene at global summit in Mexico

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Sephardic Jews from more than 20 countries will gather at a biennial summit in Mexico City. Coordinated by the Latin American Sephardic Federation, the Cumbre Erensya summit will bring together delegates from the Americas, Europe and Australia on June 5-7. Former meetings took place in Spain, Turkey and Bulgaria. “Erensya 2017…

  • Druze-Israeli minister publicly meets Arab officials in Ecuador on Trump peace initiative

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — In an unprecedented move, an Israeli Knesset minister met in public with officials from Gulf states and a Palestinian diplomat in Ecuador’s capital city Quito. Israeli Minister Ayoub Kara, who is a Druze Arab, attended last week’s swearing-in ceremony of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new president along with delegates from…

  • 8 Panamanians receive Spanish citizenship under law of return for Sephardi Jews

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Eight Panamanian Sephardic Jews received Spanish citizenship from Spain’s ambassador to Panama in a ceremony at the embassy in Panama City. In a ceremony Friday, the group swore allegiance to the Spanish Constitution and the king, the local news website Telemetro reported. Spain passed a law passed two years ago that…

  • Venezuelan president likens harassment of government officials to Nazis treatment of Jews

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the harassment of government officials and their families living abroad to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis. During a televised Cabinet meeting late Tuesday, the far-left South American leader also said that recent opposition rallies in Caracas were reminiscent of rallies during the…