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  • Jewish TV owner kidnapped in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 6 (JTA) — The Jewish owner of Brazil’s second largest TV channel kissed his mezuzah and thanked God after being held hostage for seven hours by a man who previously had kidnapped the media mogul’s daughter. Silvio Santos — born Senor Abravanel — was freed last week after police and the…

  • Jewish TV owner kidnapped in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 6 (JTA) — The Jewish owner of Brazil’s second largest TV channel kissed his mezuzah and thanked God after being held hostage for seven hours by a man who previously had kidnapped the media mogul’s daughter. Silvio Santos — born Senor Abravanel — was freed last week after police and the…

  • Jewish TV owner kidnapped in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 6 (JTA) — The Jewish owner of Brazil’s second largest TV channel kissed his mezuzah and thanked God after being held hostage for seven hours by a man who previously had kidnapped the media mogul’s daughter. Silvio Santos — born Senor Abravanel — was freed last week after police and the…

  • Rio rabbi beaten, robbed

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 28 (JTA) — A controversial rabbi who wants to be chief rabbi of Rio de Janeiro has been beaten by gang members inside a synagogue, where the rabbi’s family also resides. Rabbi Jacob Israel Blumenfeld said the three men who invaded his home in the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro…

  • Neo-Nazis thrive in Rio suburbs

    RIO DE JANEIRO, April 11 (JTA) – Rio’s most popular newspaper sounded an alarm recently: Neo-Nazism is alive and thriving in the city’s suburbs. The report in the O Dia newspaper confirmed what many in the Jewish community long have feared. Other members of the community, however, believe the report gave lunatic fringe groups too…

  • 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,…

  • Israeli diplomat a child-porn suspect

    RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (JTA) — Brazilian police were searching this week for an Israeli diplomat suspected of hosting child prostitution sessions after they found pictures of nude teen-age girls allegedly taken at his apartment. Israeli officials said they are recalling Arie Scher to investigate the matter. The search for Scher, 35, who served…

  • Rio’s Jews get new shul

    RIO DE JANEIRO, April 3 (JTA) — In a city where most people go to the beach on Saturday mornings, a new center has opened in an effort to connect the local Jewish community with its heritage. The center, run by the Lubavitch movement, includes two synagogues — one with 400 seats and another for…