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  • Closure of Israeli Consulates in Brazil Leaves Jews Dismayed

    First it happened in Rio de Janeiro. Now it’s happening in Sao Paulo. In the space of less than a year, Israel has decided to close its two consulates in Brazil. Its embassy in Brasilia, the capital, will remain open. The latest consulate closure, in Brazil’s largest city, is generating considerable concern among Sao Paulo’s… More ▸

  • At Huge Jewish Dance Festival in Brazil, Life’s Nothing but a Hora

    Mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim. Brazil is not usually considered to be one of the worldwide centers of cultural Jewish life. But the country recently hosted what is believed to be the largest Jewish dance festival outside Israel. The 22nd annual Carmel Festival gathered 83 dance groups, comprising some 2,500 dancers, from Brazil, the United States… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture at Huge Jewish Dance Festival in Brazil, Life’s Nothing but a Hora

    Mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim. Brazil is not usually considered to be one of the worldwide centers of cultural Jewish life. But the country recently hosted what is believed to be the largest Jewish dance festival outside Israel. The 22nd annual Carmel Festival gathered 83 dance groups, comprising some 2,500 dancers, from Brazil, the United States… More ▸

  • 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 ▸