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  • Jewish culture amid Carnival madness

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 28 (JTA) – When you think of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, you don’t often think of Yiddishkeit. Nevertheless, there it was, among the nearly naked women and contagious samba rhythms in the parade for Carnival, a pre-Lenten Catholic festival. The first of the Carnival groups, which are known as samba…

  • Hebrew teacher says he’s innocent in child porn case

    RIO DE JANEIRO, July 12 (JTA) — A Hebrew teacher jailed here on charges of engaging in child pornography is maintaining his innocence. In a jailhouse interview with JTA, George Steinberg said he had no idea that a 17-year-old girl who turned him in was underage. He assumed she was older than 18, he said,…