A conservative shul in Brazil is holding minyans at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Volunteers from the 440-member Conservative shul Congregacao Judaica do Brasil will be holding daily minyans at the XV Pan American Games. Being held July 13-29, the games feature approximately 5,650 athletes from 42 nations competing in 37 sports and 332 events. Approximately 90 athletes are Jewish.
“It’s common to call for support in such situations of stress for competition and frustration with results,” said Rabbi Nilton Bonder, the shul’s rabbi, explaining why his synagogue is organizing the minyans, which will count both men and women as part of the prayer quorum.