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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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  • ‘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…

  • Brazilian Jewish politician Gerson Bergher dies at 91

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Gerson Bergher, one of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, has died at 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, who has served as a politician in Brazil for many years, died Monday in Rio. He reportedly began his political career based on advice from Israel’s first prime…

  • Boris Schnaiderman, Brazil’s pioneering Russian literature translator, dies at 99

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazil’s greatest promoter of Russian literature, Boris Schnaiderman, has died. Schnaiderman died Thursday from pneumonia in Sao Paulo. He was 99. An Ukrainian-born Jew, he was the first person to translate classical Russian literature directly from the Russian language to Portuguese. A translator, writer and essayist, Schnaiderman translated great Russian…