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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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  • ‘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…

  • Cuban Jewish leader: Synagogues have no need for security

    (JTA) — The vice president of the Cuban Jewish community said in an interview that the country’s synagogues do not require security. “We are the only country with a synagogue that has its doors constantly open, where there is no kind of security at all, no kind of guards,” David Prinstein told the Agencia Judía…

  • Jewish women’s organization receives prominent award in Mexico

    (JTA) — A Jewish women’s group in Mexico has been awarded one of the country’s most traditional and prominent awards in the field of social services. The Women’s International Zionist Organization received the Benito Juarez National Citizen Merit Award for 2016 on Monday in a ceremony held at the Mexican Congress. Sponsored by Movimiento Ciudadano, or “Citizen’s…

  • Cuban Jewish leader: Obama’s visit a ‘transcendental moment’  

    (JTA) – Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba, the first by a sitting U.S. president to the island in 88 years, was also a milestone for the small Cuban Jewish community of about 1,500 people. “We are living a transcendental, historic moment. We have hope and very high expectations following the restoration of diplomatic relations…

  • Latin American, Caribbean lawmakers sign pro-Israel resolution

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Legislators from 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries have signed a resolution to encourage their governments to increase efforts to strengthen ties with Israel and condemn the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. The lawmakers met last week in Miami for the Israel Allies Foundation’s second annual Latin America Summit…