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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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  • 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…

  • Israel to deliver drip irrigation systems to Paraguayan small farmers

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israel is set to deliver this week thirteen drip irrigation systems to Paraguayan small farmers. The handover is the result of a technical collaboration process between the Jewish state and Paraguay’s local Federation of Production Cooperatives. Agricultural producers of the Friesland and Volendam colonies, both located in the San Pedro…

  • Rio Jews sue far-left news service for article blaming president’s ouster on ‘Zionists’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Rio Jewish federation filed a criminal suit against a far-left news service for publishing an anti-Semitic article blaming Jews for the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff last month. The article in Vermelho alleged that Israel is through its proxies in charge of what he considers the country’s three most important sectors…

  • 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…