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  • Around the Jewish World with Elections Approaching, Candidates Anger Brazil’s Jews

    Sen. Jose Alencar, the leading candidate to become Brazil’s vice president, recently apologized to Brazilian Jews after saying that the only solution to the Middle East conflict was for Israelis to pick up and leave the region. While that may have been the most serious gaffe of the campaign vis-a-vis the Jewish community, Alencar wasn’t… More ▸

  • E-mail Lists ‘good Addiction’ for Brazil’s Jewish Community

    Brazil’s 120,000 Jews increasingly are using the Internet to learn more about their heritage. The listas de discussao — Portuguese for “discussion lists” — have become an alternative “non-shul” way for Brazilian Jews of all ages to debate the meaning of their Jewishness, discuss Jewish religion and culture and get news about Israel and the… More ▸

  • Terrorist Fears in Brazil Delay Opening of New Jewish Center

    The opening of a Jewish center on the site of a 17th-century synagogue in Brazil has been indefinitely postponed after Brazil’s president refused to attend a dedication ceremony because he feared a possible terrorist attack. The center in the city of Recife, where the Zur Israel Synagogue once stood, is slated to host public lectures… More ▸

  • Jewish Television Owner in Brazil at Center of Riveting Hostage Drama

    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 governor of Sao Paulo state, Geraldo Alckimin,… More ▸

  • Bomb Victims Came from Israel, New Jersey, Netherlands and Brazil

    Hundreds of friends, family members, classmates and former students of Shoshana Greenbaum were among those gathered at Har Hamenuchot Cemetery in Israel to pay their last respects. Greenbaum, 31, of Passaic, N.J., had been five months pregnant. Buried last Friday, she was one of 15 people who died Aug. 9 when a suicide bomber entered… More ▸

  • Rio De Janeiro’s Jews Worried As Neo-nazis Thrive in City’s Suburbs

    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 much publicity. According to the report, some… More ▸

  • Hebrew Teacher in Brazil Insists He’s Innocent in Child-porn Case

    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, because she worked at a night club…. More ▸

  • Israeli Diplomat in Brazil Suspected of Child Pornography

    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 the Israeli government in China for two… More ▸