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is JTA's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro. A freelance journalist and columnist, he contributes to Brazilian Jewish newspapers, magazines and news portals.

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  • Why hundreds of Brazilian immigrants are flocking to this Israeli suburb

    RA’ANANA, Israel (JTA) – This small, quiet town with an easy commute to Tel Aviv may not have Rio’s breathtaking landscapes and beaches. It also lacks the culture and nightlife that makes Sao Paulo famous. And yet, sleepy Ra’anana — despite its tendency to almost completely shut down for Shabbat — has quickly become the…

  • Brazilian scholarship campaign for Jewish students collects $3.6 million in 2 days

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Donations to a Brazilian scholarship campaign to benefit Jewish students collected $3.6 million in two days, nearly three times above the target. The amount contributed on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 by 3,056 donors, including Jewish billionaires Joseph Safra and Elie Horn, will assist students from all 15 Jewish schools…

  • Nicaraguan vice president welcomes Israeli diplomat as ‘hermano’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Nicaragua’s vice president called a visiting Israeli diplomat “hermano,” or brother, seven months after the countries renewed diplomatic ties. Rosario Murillo used the Spanish word for “brother” to speak of Modi Ephraim, head of Israel’s foreign ministry division to Latin America and the Caribbean, who is expected Sunday in Managua for a…

  • Mexican diplomat fired for protesting anti-Israel UNESCO resolution honored

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Mexico’s former UNESCO ambassador, who was fired last year for walking out of a vote on an anti-Israel resolution effectively denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem, was honored in Los Angeles. Andres Roemer received the Guardian of Truth and History Award from StandWithUs during a ceremony held Friday in Los Angeles, reported…

  • This Rio Jewish wedding rite brings out A-list celebrities

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Israeli-American talent manager and a top Brazilian model renewed their marriage vows under a huppah in Rio de Janeiro surrounded by Hollywood celebrities. Jerusalem-born Guy Oseary and wife Michelle Alves, who is not Jewish, held the ceremony before a crowd that included Madonna, members of U2, Elon Musk, Chris…

  • Colombian pop star takes a photo with an Israeli soldier. And social media erupts.

    (JTA) — A photo published by a Colombian pop star posing beside an Israeli border police officer has led to a passionate debate among his nearly 30 million followers on social media. Maluma, who performed in Tel Aviv on Oct. 12, shared on his Instagram account the picture with the smiling female Israeli border police officer…

  • Rio Jews hold their first street festival and the mayor joins the party

    (JTA) — The mayor of Rio de Janeiro joined some 9,000 Jews and non-Jews at the debut of a Jewish street festival in the city. The Fest Rio Judaico was held Sunday at a city square in the heart of Ipanema, one of Rio’s most upscale neighborhoods and home to hundreds of Jewish families. The…

  • Palestinian mission in Colombia tweets Arafat quote calling for Israel’s destruction

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Palestinian mission to Colombia tweeted a quote from late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat calling for the destruction of the State of Israel. In a Spanish-language post Thursday, the mission wrote, “Our goal is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations…. We don’t want peace….

  • Chilean diplomat who saved over 1,200 Jews honored as Righteous Among the Nations

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Chilean diplomat was honored as a Righteous Among the Nations for saving more than 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Samuel del Campo, who served as chargé d’affaires at the Chilean embassy in Bucharest, Romania, was honored Sunday at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. A relative of Del…

  • Uruguayan Holocaust memorial vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Uruguayan Holocaust memorial rededicated last year was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti minimizing the Holocaust. “They have vandalized us again. What’s going on?” Montevideo Mayor Carlos Varela tweeted along with photos of the vandalized memorial. “We call for sanity, tolerance and peace.” Unveiled in 1994, the site in the country’s capital Montevideo…