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  • Wiesenthal Center Provides Brazil with Documents for Mengele Case

    The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center today presented Brazilian authorities with documents relevant to the investigation of the body exhumed at a cemetery in Enbu, near Sao Paulo, which may be that of the notorious death camp doctor, Josef Mengele. The Center’s legal counsel in Washington, Martin Mendelsohn, presented the documents, requested by the Brazilian… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Brazil

    The death of President-elect Tancredo Neves on April 21 has had a sweeping impact on the 120,000 Jews of Brazil, a land blessed with enormous physical resources, yet beset by serious economic and government problems. The day after Neves was interred to the accompaniment of scenes of mass hysteria resulting in death and injury to… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Brazil

    It is not “hard to be a Jew” if the place is the sensuous city of Rio de Janeiro. According to Adolpho Bloch, one of Brazil’s most influential men and a proud Jew, it is “harder to be a goy.” Another legendary Jew of Rio, Hans Stem, the world-famed gem producer and owner of an… More ▸

  • Growing Arab Activism in Brazil

    Projects ranging from the establishment of a “Muammar Qaddafi” nursery to the dissemination of Islam by an associate of the Ayatollah Khomeini are signs of a discernable growth of Arab and Moslem activism in Brazil during recent months, the World Jewish Congress reported. The Latin American branch of the WJC cited increasing press coverage for… More ▸

  • ADL Raps Brazil for Allowing PLO to Open Office in Brasilia

    The Brazilian government’s decision to allow an international terrorist organization to open an office in its capital was denounced by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. Abraham Foxman, ADL’s associate national director and head of the agency’s International Affairs Division, said the opening of an office by the Palestine Liberation Organization in Brasilia serves "only… More ▸

  • Talmudic Law Course at Sao Paulo U.

    An introductory course in Talmudic law has been initiated at the University of Sao Paulo, the World Jewish Congress reported today. The course is sponsored by the departments of philosophy and general law theory of the law faculty, in cooperation with the University Association of Jewish Culture. It is being taught by Prof. Zeev Falk… More ▸

  • Jews in Chile and Brazil Affected by Adverse Economic Conditions

    Adverse economic conditions in South America are beginning to affect members of the Jewish community there, particularly in Chile and Brazil, according to reports presented to the Board of Directors of the World Council of Synagogues, the international arm of Conservative Judaism. Discussing the situation in Chile, Rabbi Angel Kreiman, the Grand Rabbi of Chile’s… More ▸

  • First Jew Elected to Brazil’s Academy of Literature

    Arnaldo Niskier, an author and former Rio de Janeiro government official, has been elected a member of Brazil’s Academy of Literature. He is the first Jew in the history of the Academy to have attained this honor. The vote to accept him was unanimous. The son of immigrants from Poland, Niskier was born here. He… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Two Universities in Brazil Have Begun Teaching Courses in Hebrew Language and Jew

    Moshe Davis, academic chairman of the Jerusalem-based International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, reported here that two universities in Brazil have begun teaching courses in Hebrew language and Jewish culture. The developments, according to Davis, are the result of the continued efforts of the Center in Jerusalem in close cooperation of the Brazilian… More ▸