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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.


  • Colombia honors World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder

    (JTA) — Colombia’s envoy to the United States, Juan Carlos Pinzon, honored World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder at a reception at the country’s embassy in Washington DC. More than 100 people attended the reception held last week, including U.S. congressmen and members of the Obama administration, business leaders, and members of the Jewish community….

  • Uruguay attacker: ‘I killed a Jew following Allah’s order’

    (JTA) — Police in Uruguay confirmed the deadly  attack on a Jewish businessman in the small town of Paysandu was motivated by anti-Semitism. “I killed a Jew following Allah’s order,” the alleged assailant, 35,a substitute teacher identified by the initials C.O.E.L., told the officers on Wednesday, according to El Observador newspaper. During the Tuesday night attack,…

  • Mexican president likens Donald Trump to Hitler

    (JTA) — President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico compared the rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to that of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, and said it has hurt U.S.-Mexico relations. Pena Nieto’s comments, published in Monday’s edition of the Mexico City-based Excelsior newspaper, are among the most critical public comments to date of the New…

  • Uruguayan Jew stabbed to death in possible anti-Semitic attack

    (JTA) — A Jewish businessman was stabbed to death in Uruguay in what a Jewish umbrella group said could be an anti-Semitic attack. David Fremd, 54, was stabbed 10 times while crossing a street Tuesday night in front of his office in the small town of Paysandu, police said. The alleged assailant reportedly yelled “Allahu…

  • Battling Zika, Brazil’s Jews turn to bug repellent and indoor activities

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Despite recent summer temperatures here topping out at 42 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit), Milena Rozenbrah has become accustomed recently to dressing in pants and long sleeves when she leaves home. A Jewish mother in Brazil’s second-largest city, Rozenbrah is concerned not for the religious value of tzniut, or modesty, but…

  • Brazil honors Jewish historian for her Inquisition research

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Jewish historian Anita Novinsky, 94, was nominated for the “Woman Science Pioneers” award by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development for her longtime academic and field research about Inquisition. Recognized as Brazil’s most prominent specialist in Brazilian and Portuguese Marranos, or hidden Jews who practiced Judaism secretly…

  • Brazil opens first Jewish immigration memorial

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazil inaugurated its first memorial dedicated to Jewish immigration.  The five-story Jewish Immigration Memorial dedicated Tuesday features some 1,000 historic articles, including documents, objects, clothes and books, narrating the history of  the Jewish community of  South America’s largest country. The building is located at the Kehilat Israel synagogue, the oldest…

  • Record number of Brazilian Jews moving to Israel

    The news comes amid the country’s worst economic crisis in a century.

  • Cuba to host Latin American Jewish seminar after nearly 6 decades

    It is the first time that the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship seminar will take place in Cuba since 1959, according to organizers.

  • 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,…