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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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  • Brazilian ‘Fiddler’ director: Spitting on enemies is Orthodox Jewish practice

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – An acclaimed Brazilian theater director who recently put on a successful production of “Fiddler on the Roof” compared a lawmaker who spit on a colleague to  Orthodox Jews, whom he said routinely spit on Christians. Claudio Botelho made the remarks last week on Facebook, according to Alef News, a Brazilian Jewish…

  • Mexico’s president urges expats: Stop Trump bid by following Jewish example of unity

    (JTA) — President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico called on Mexicans in the United States to follow the Jewish community’s example and unite to defend their interests in an urgent effort to defeat Donald Trump. The call was announced by the newly appointed Mexican ambassador to the United States, Carlos Manuel Sada, during an interview…

  • Rio public school named for Holocaust survivor who led Brazilian Jews

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Brazilian public school was named for Aleksander Henryk Laks, the late iconic president of the Brazilian Association of Holocaust Survivors. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, led the naming ceremony on Thursday. Jewish and government officials were on hand. “Mr. Laks’ dedication to preserve the memory of…

  • Brazilian Christian ‘followers’ of Israeli tourism on Facebook exceed 2 million

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The number of Brazilians who have “liked” Israel’s Ministry of Tourism Facebook profiles in Portuguese has exceeded 2 million. Israeli officials in Brazil said the achievement is the result of a strategy that puts strong effort on countries like Brazil, which has one of the world’s largest Christian populations. Today,…

  • ‘Frozen’ impersonator arrested in Rio stabbing of celebrity Jewish doctor

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A young woman has been arrested and charged with stabbing a celebrity Jewish doctor on a Rio de Janeiro street. Bianca Fares, 22, allegedly attacked Fabio Serfaty, a prominent endocrinologist with celebrity patients who frequently appears as a health expert on television, on Thursday night one block from a Chabad synagogue and…

  • Brazil’s president likens impeachment calls to Nazi treatment of Jews

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff compared attempts to impeach her over corruption scandals to the Nazi persecution of Jews. Rousseff, who often gives rambling speeches, made the analogy Thursday during an address to left-wing supporters in Brasilia, angering some Jewish critics. “Recently, a person told me it is very similar to Nazism,”…

  • Brazilian banker Safra denies bribe charges against his employees

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazilian justice authorities said that the Jewish billionaire and philanthropist Joseph Safra knew but said nothing about corruption that resulted in a probe of some of Brazil’s richest and most powerful people. The financier, who is said by Fortune magazine to be the world’s richest banker, is alleged to have…

  • Brazilian Jewish officials hail country’s first anti-terrorism law

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazil enacted its first anti-terrorism law, for which Jewish officials had advocated. President Dilma Rousseff approved the legislation this week calling for 12 to 30 years in a high-security prison for committing an act of terrorism in Latin America’s largest nation. Thirty years is the maximum length of imprisonment under…

  • Brazilian Jew wins $1,400 from airline for not being served kosher meal

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – The German airline Lufthansa was ordered to pay nearly $1,400 for “moral damage” to a Brazilian Jewish passenger for not serving the kosher food he had requested when booking his round-trip ticket between Sao Paulo and Zurich. Isaac Kopfler, who was awarded the damages by a court in Sao Paulo…

  • 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…