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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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  • Peru’s president, whose Jewish father fled Nazis in ’33, conducts Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    (JTA) — The president of Peru, whose father was a Jewish refugee, conducted Israel’s Philharmonic Orchestra during the playing of the Peruvian national anthem at a concert in Lima. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took his turn with the baton at an Aug. 15 performance at the National Grand Theater during celebrations of the 109th anniversary of…

  • Aly Raisman wins third medal at Rio Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman won her third medal of the Rio Olympics on Tuesday — a silver in the floor exercise. Raisman, 22, of Needham, Massachusetts, was beaten out for the gold by U.S. teammate Simone Biles, who claimed her fourth gold medal here. Biles finished with a score of…

  • Rio pays tribute to 11 Israeli victims of ’72 Munich Olympic massacre

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, Brazilian senior officials joined sports activists from Israel and elsewhere at a commemoration of the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. The Israeli and Brazilian Olympic committees and members of the local Jewish community attended the event Sunday evening…

  • Israel’s second medal in Rio comes again from judo

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Ori Sasson of Israel won a bronze medal in the men’s judo over-100 kg. competition. Sasson gave the Israeli delegation its second medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, both bronze in judo, with his victory over Alex Garcia Mendoza of Cuba on Friday night. It is the first time Israel…

  • Bronze for judo is Israel’s first Rio Olympics medal

    (JTA) — Yarden Gerbi became the first Israeli to medal at the Rio Olympics, bringing home a bronze in the women’s 63-kg judo competition. Gerbi defeated Miku Tashiro of Japan on Tuesday for Israel’s first Olympic medal since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  She had also beaten China’s Yang Junxia and lost to Brazil’s Mariana…

  • Israeli Olympians kicked off bus to Rio games by Lebanese delegation

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Lebanese Olympians refused to ride on a bus with Israeli athletes to get to the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 summer games. When the Israeli delegation of athletes and coaches tried to board the bus Friday to Maracana stadium here, the head of the Lebanese delegation blocked the entrance. Israeli…

  • 7 things to know about the Jews of Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — When the 2016 Olympic Games open on Friday, August 5, the eyes of the world will be on Rio — the first South American city to host the quadrennial event. True, the build-up to the massive event — which will feature a record number of countries competing in a record…

  • 2016 Olympics: Israel’s largest-ever delegation is ready for Rio

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – When the 2016 Olympic Games open here on Friday evening, Israel will proudly show off its largest delegation ever, with 47 athletes competing in 17 sports. Among them are golfer Laetitia Beck, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor; Lonah Chemtai, a Kenyan-born marathoner, and Ron Darmon, the first triathlete to represent Israel at the Olympic Games. Israelis and…

  • Israel’s culture minister to skip Rio opening ceremony due to Shabbat

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israel’s most senior official expected to attend the Rio Olympics next month said she would not participate in the opening ceremony because it takes place on Shabbat. The opening ceremonies are scheduled to take place on the evening of Aug. 5, a Friday night. “Shabbat, our national day of rest,…

  • Islamist terrorists call to attack Israeli delegation and others at Rio Olympics, report says

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Islamist terrorists have issued directives to “lone wolves” to carry out attacks against the Israeli delegation and others at the Rio Olympics this summer, according to a news website. The Foreign Desk reported that a list of directives published on social media advises jihadis to target American, British, French and Israeli…