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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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  • Venezuelan Jews authenticate 19th-century mikvah

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Venezuela’s Jewish community has certified the authenticity of a 200-year-old mikvah, or ritual bath, found in 2013 during restoration work on a museum. The president of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Venezuela, Omar Vielma, said the finding in Coro near the Alberto Henriquez Museum marks a precedent to preserve the…

  • Progressive Jews convene in Latin America to debate democracy as a Jewish value

      RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Hundreds of Jewish activists from several countries are meeting in Brazil for the biennial congress of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, one of the world’s largest Jewish organizations. Rabbis, spiritual leaders, cantors, scholars, teachers, volunteers and other activists from across Latin America, Israel, United States, Canada and England…

  • ‘Wandering Israeli’ leaves Lima airport after making headlines in 3-week stay

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A 57-year-old woman dubbed “the wandering Israeli” by Peruvian media left Lima’s international airport after living in the arrivals area for 19 days and making headlines across the country. Olga Babaev’s story was reported by Peruvian newspapers and TV channels, which likened it to Steven Spielberg’s film “The Terminal.” A nearly eight-minute broadcast Sunday followed her…

  • Guatemalan ex-mayor charged in expulsion of Jewish sect

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A court in Guatemala indicted the ex-mayor of a small town in the Central American nation for “participating in the expulsion of a religious community.” Antonio Adolfo Perez y Perez of San Juan La Laguna was charged with abuse of authority and discrimination and sentenced to house arrest, the local newspaper…

  • Top officials put a Jewish stamp on the Rio Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Mazel tov! That’s perhaps how the big shots in charge of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the first to take place in South America, will toast victories when the competition gets underway Aug. 5. Three of the top officials of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, including its president, Carlos Arthur Nuzman,…

  • Israeli realtor shot dead in Colombia

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – An Israeli national was shot and killed in Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city. Shay Azran, 37, was riding a motorcycle Wednesday night when he was shot 10 times at close range by an unidentified attacker in the Simon Bolivar neighborhood, the local news portal Minuto 30 reported. He died instantly. Police…

  • Brazil regrets UN vote negating Israel’s tie to Western Wall, Temple Mount

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazil’s Foreign Minister Jose Serra intends to change Brazil’s vote for a recent UNESCO resolution denying a Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Serra was tapped by new acting president Michel Temer. The text of the resolution passed at the 199th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO,…

  • Son of Jewish refugee wins Peruvian presidential election

    (JTA) — Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a Peruvian banker and former prime minister whose father was Jewish, was elected as Peru’s president. Kuczynski won a bare majority of votes — 50.12 percent — over Keiko Fujimori, Peru’s national election office announced on its official Twitter page Thursday evening. Kuczynski, 77, was born in Lima to a…

  • After tour of mega churches in Brazil, head of Jewish-Christian group promises 850 new olim from country

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — U.S.-born Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein completed a two-week tour of Brazil’s mega churches to raise money to bring local Jews to Israel — drawing the ire of Israel’s official aliyah body. On Monday, a day ahead of his departure from Brazil, Eckstein told JTA that his Jewish-Christian group will help hundreds of Brazilian Jews make aliyah, or…

  • Renovated Uruguay Holocaust memorial rededicated

    (JTA) — A renovated Holocaust memorial monument, which has been hit several times in recent years by anti-Semitic vandalism, was rededicated in Uruguay’s capital of Montevideo. The unveiling Friday came after renovations that included installing lights, staircases and a clean-up of the monument, which was unveiled in 1994. The Israelite Central Committee, the country’s umbrella…