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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 national cocktail debuts in Israel

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Peru’s flagship drink will be sold for the first time in Israel, according to the South American country’s foreign trade officials. The pisco, an unaged brandy distilled from grapes, will be available in bars and restaurants initially only in Tel Aviv. “The pisco will compete with drinks already positioned in this…

  • Brazilian university solicits educator willing to teach Zionism as racism

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Brazilian federal university released a public notice saying it wants to hire a teacher who must teach that Zionism is a racist concept. The ABC Federal University, in the Sao Paulo metro area, is seeking a teacher of “racial-ethnic relations” who must include in the curricula the subject “connections of whiteness…

  • Israeli company to build $640 million toll road in Colombia

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Israeli company will have a pivotal role in a multinational plan to upgrade Colombia’s roads. Shikun & Binui will build the nearly 100-mile-long Cundinamarca 010 toll road near Bogota, the South American country’s capital, the Israeli news portal Israel21c reported. The project – including financing, construction costs, rehabilitation, operation…

  • Paraguayan president on Israel visit to explore expanding ties

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay will visit Israel to discuss several cooperation agreements between the two countries. Cartes will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during his mid-July visit to talk about bilateral interests in the areas of agriculture, technology and education, the Ultima Hora newspaper reported Monday. “The…

  • Netanyahu proposes another controversial ambassador to Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Less than one year after Brazil’s unprecedented rejection of a former settler leader as Israeli ambassador, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a candidate who once was barred from public office to represent the Jewish state in Latin America’s largest nation. Yossi Sheli, a former businessman, has no diplomatic experience or…

  • Lawmakers, diplomats urge Israel not to close embassy in El Salvador

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A group of Israeli lawmakers and Latin American diplomats launched an initiative to prevent the closure of the Israeli embassy in San Salvador. “I believe that Israel, instead of getting distant from Latin America, should get much closer and water the relationship as a plant,” said El Salvador Ambassador to Israel Werner…

  • Jewish Rio Olympics CEO prays for no political turmoil during games

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Sidney Levy, the Jewish chief executive officer of the Rio 2016 organizing committee, called for divine intervention to prevent national political turmoil during the upcoming Olympic Games. Levy said he hoped the upcoming vote to impeach suspended President Dilma Rousseff would not take place in August causing the social turmoil…

  • Brazilian Jews donate 70,000 winter coats for charity

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Volunteers in two of Brazil’s largest Jewish communities have collected nearly 70,000 winter coats for the needy during two independent campaigns this month. In Sao Paulo, some 24,000 coats were collected on Sunday during the sixteenth edition of the annual Jewish-led winter campaign. Some 400 Jewish youths rode trucks loaded with speakers through the…

  • Chabad ‘welcome centers’ in Rio to offer kosher food, multilingual assistance for Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Chabad will convert its three Rio de Janeiro centers into “welcome centers” for the estimated 40,000 Jewish visitors expected this summer for the Brazil Olympics and Paralympic Games. The sites in Leblon, Copacabana and Barra will provide kosher food and a prayer minyan, as well as help with other Jewish…

  • Israeli satellite to secure Rio Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Israeli high-resolution imaging satellite will strengthen security during the Olympics and Paralympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The announcement was made last week by Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann, who said the Eros-B satellite will allow very detailed inspections of the city during the sporting events…