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  • 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 ▸

  • Brazil’s Jewish Community Protests Anti-zionist Vote of the Sao Paulo Municipality

    The Jewish community of Brazil has lodged a formal protest against a motion adopted by the Municipal Council of Sao Paulo which condemns “massacres and genocide” perpetrated by “Zionists in the Middle East,” the World Jewish Congress reported today. According to the Confederacao Israelita do Brasil, the central representative body of Brazilian Jewry and the… More ▸

  • Prejudice in Brazil

    Jews rank second only to homosexuals on a scale of prejudices held by Brazilians according to a recent poll conducted in 40 cities. Prejudice against women was third. The poll, conducted by Sao Paulo psychologist Jacobo Pinheiro Goldberg and a staff of 20 aides, measured prejudicial attitudes in terms of “inferior” and “superior.” It found… More ▸

  • Anti-israel Rally in Brazil

    An estimated 300 PLO supporters participated in an anti-Israel rally in the center of the city last Friday. The participants shouted anti-Zionist slogans and denounced Israeli Premier Menachem Begin and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon. When a group of Bnai Akiva youngsters sought to distribute leaflets depicting PLO atrocities, they were attacked by the crowd. Leaders… More ▸