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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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  • Brazil’s Jews are scaling back on their kids’ birthday extravaganzas

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Mini roller-coasters, Ferris wheels, monorails and zip lines are just some of the over-the-top attractions featured at birthday parties for Rio’s privileged under-10 set. At “casas de festa” (party houses), parents often pay several thousand dollars for lavish themed decorations and amusement-park style attractions for four-hour long, deejayed parties for 100-plus…

  • Man impersonating Jew accused of burglaries in Jewish Brazilian district

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A 20-year-old man wearing a kippah, faking a foreign accent and pretending to be Jewish is accused of several burglaries in a heavily Jewish neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Arrested in February after breaking into an apartment and stealing $100, Francisco Danilo Cordeiro Rocha is accused of perpetrating at least…

  • Brazilian skinheads sentenced to 8 years for Nazi propaganda

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Two Brazilian skinheads were sentenced to eight years of detention for promoting Nazism on Facebook. The local Jewish federation’s internet monitoring efforts reportedly were key to the case against Donato di Mauro, 25, and Marcus Vinicius, 26. Both men, known to belong to skinhead groups, were convicted of “Nazi propaganda,” “racism” and “conspiracy.”…

  • Israeli app to guide Olympics-goers through Rio streets

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Israeli app Moovit will guide tourists and local residents to the fastest and safest routes to and between competition venues at the Rio Olympic and Paralympics Games this summer. Moovit will provide real-time information in 35 languages on the fastest public transportation routes – buses, trains, subway, light rail…

  • Venezuela’s UN envoy calls Israeli counterpart to apologize for likening Israel actions to ‘final solution’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations called his Israeli colleague to apologize for his remarks accusing Israel of seeking a “final solution” against the Palestinians made a day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel’s U.N. mission said. Rafael Ramirez called Danny Danon over the weekend to offer the apology for what Danon called…

  • Uruguayan president lights candle at local Yom Hashoah ceremony

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and several senior government officials attended a local Holocaust day ceremony in Montevideo two months after a deadly anti-Semitic attack made headlines in the country. “It is fair to remember the infamy that represents the madness of Nazism, which claimed so many Jewish lives of Jewish…

  • Mexican lawmaker allegedly uses expletive to describe president of Jewish community

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Mexican congressman reportedly was captured on tape calling the head of the country’s Jewish umbrella organization “a f—ing Jew.” The slur by Jorge Romero against Salomon Achar, the president of the Jewish Community Central Committee and a human rights activist, was recorded by the Grupo Imagen Multimedia radio news…

  • Jewish-founded team wins Uruguayan basketball league

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Hebraica Macabi, a basketball team founded by members of Uruguay’s Jewish community, won its second championship in the country’s professional league. Hebraica beat Defensor Sporting, 97-72, on Tuesday in Montevideo to take the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball title. It had also won the crown in the 2011-12 season. Other national…

  • Dutch Noah’s Ark replica sailing to Brazil for Olympic Games

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Dutch Christian organization is planning to sail a “replica” of Noah’s Ark to reach Brazil during the Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Longer than an official soccer field, the vessel was built following the biblical measurements given in Genesis 6:15, the director of the Ark…

  • 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…