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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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  • Israeli companies to build smart city in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Three Israeli companies won an international competition to help create a pilot smart city in Brazil to house 20,000 residents of low socioeconomic status. The startups won a challenge to develop high-tech solutions in security, landscaping and engineering for the future city called Croatá Laguna Ecopark in the northeastern municipality of…

  • Cuban Jewish leader: Synagogues have no need for security

    (JTA) — The vice president of the Cuban Jewish community said in an interview that the country’s synagogues do not require security. “We are the only country with a synagogue that has its doors constantly open, where there is no kind of security at all, no kind of guards,” David Prinstein told the Agencia Judía…

  • Jewish women’s organization receives prominent award in Mexico

    (JTA) — A Jewish women’s group in Mexico has been awarded one of the country’s most traditional and prominent awards in the field of social services. The Women’s International Zionist Organization received the Benito Juarez National Citizen Merit Award for 2016 on Monday in a ceremony held at the Mexican Congress. Sponsored by Movimiento Ciudadano, or “Citizen’s…

  • Cuban Jewish leader: Obama’s visit a ‘transcendental moment’  

    (JTA) – Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba, the first by a sitting U.S. president to the island in 88 years, was also a milestone for the small Cuban Jewish community of about 1,500 people. “We are living a transcendental, historic moment. We have hope and very high expectations following the restoration of diplomatic relations…

  • Latin American, Caribbean lawmakers sign pro-Israel resolution

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Legislators from 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries have signed a resolution to encourage their governments to increase efforts to strengthen ties with Israel and condemn the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. The lawmakers met last week in Miami for the Israel Allies Foundation’s second annual Latin America Summit…

  • Josef Mengele’s remains to be studied at Brazilian university

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The cranium and bones of Nazi leader Dr. Josef Mengele, who died in Brazil decades after fleeing Auschwitz, will be available for study at a Brazilian university. The remains of Mengele, who was known as the “Angel of Death” for his torturous experiments on prisoners, will be available to students…

  • Brazilian, Israeli officials to honor 11 Israelis murdered in Munich at Rio Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazilian and Israeli officials will lead a ceremony at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro honoring the 11 Israelis murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics in 1972. The Aug. 14 ceremony at the Rio City Hall will feature the widows of weightlifter Yossef Romano, who was kidnapped, castrated and…

  • Google ordered to remove Brazilian bar mitzvah boy’s viral video

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Google Brasil must remove all links to a bar mitzvah video from 2012 that went viral, a Brazilian court ruled. On Tuesday, the court in Sao Paulo backed a lawsuit by the parents of Nissim Ourfali, who were seeking to have all the copies of the three-minute video removed from Google-owned…

  • Israeli startup plays key role in measuring Brazil protests

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Israeli polling startup made headlines in Brazil for its innovative count of demonstrators who flooded the streets in Sao Paulo protesting the alleged corruption of the country’s president. Brazilian demonstrators on Sunday staged some of the largest-ever protests calling for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and supporting police investigations of…

  • Israeli tourist killed in Peru extreme adventure accident

    (JTA) — An Israeli backpacker has died in an extreme adventure accident in the Peruvian city of Cusco. Orel Guetta, 24, of Kfar Saba, fell to his death after a cable malfunctioned on the Tarzan pendulum attraction, which swings riders along a canyon from a harness more than 300 feet in the air. His body was…