is JTA's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro. A freelance journalist and columnist, he contributes to Brazilian Jewish newspapers, magazines and news portals.
June 13, 2017 6:27am
Popular Brazilian journalist Marc Tawil, 43, spoke about the Jewish influences in his life and career in a 10-minute-long video in Portuguese as part of the web-based “Judaism Does Good” campaign run by the Sao Paulo Jewish Federation.
June 11, 2017 11:54am
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Vandals spray painted a swastika inside a Star of David on the entrance wall of a Jewish sports club located on a busy avenue in Rio. The Nazi symbol, drawn backwards, appeared inside the three-foot-tall Jewish symbol that identifies the Brazilian Israelite Club, a Jewish institution attended by Jews and non-Jews and whose doors…
June 11, 2017 7:42am
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The mayor of Rio de Janeiro said in an interview that his city’s residents must be inspired by the memory of Israel’s late former president and prime minister, Shimon Peres. “The Cariocas must be inspired by Peres,” Mayor Marcello Crivella told O Globo newspaper, using the term to describe Rio’s native residents….
June 7, 2017 7:18am
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The mayor of Mexico City praised his country’s Sephardi heritage during the opening of the global biennial Erensya summit — an initiative led by the Madrid-based Sefarad-Israel Center — on Tuesday. “In Mexico we have history, we have inheritance, we have language that comes from Sephardi history,” Miguel Angel Mancera…
June 4, 2017 6:49am
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Sephardic Jews from more than 20 countries will gather at a biennial summit in Mexico City. Coordinated by the Latin American Sephardic Federation, the Cumbre Erensya summit will bring together delegates from the Americas, Europe and Australia on June 5-7. Former meetings took place in Spain, Turkey and Bulgaria. “Erensya 2017…
May 28, 2017 1:48pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — In an unprecedented move, an Israeli Knesset minister met in public with officials from Gulf states and a Palestinian diplomat in Ecuador’s capital city Quito. Israeli Minister Ayoub Kara, who is a Druze Arab, attended last week’s swearing-in ceremony of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new president along with delegates from…
May 22, 2017 6:49am
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Eight Panamanian Sephardic Jews received Spanish citizenship from Spain’s ambassador to Panama in a ceremony at the embassy in Panama City. In a ceremony Friday, the group swore allegiance to the Spanish Constitution and the king, the local news website Telemetro reported. Spain passed a law passed two years ago that…
May 18, 2017 6:46am
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the harassment of government officials and their families living abroad to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis. During a televised Cabinet meeting late Tuesday, the far-left South American leader also said that recent opposition rallies in Caracas were reminiscent of rallies during the…
May 14, 2017 10:23am
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League will train the staff of Mexico’s 50 consulates in the United States on how to assist nationals who are victims of attacks and harassment. “Through our regional offices we are the first to be called in case of a hate crime,” ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said at a…
May 11, 2017 7:17am
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — American Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson met with Brazilian President Michel Temer and several government officials to pitch an $8 billion casino project in Rio de Janeiro. Adelson’s visit this week raised talk that a law allowing gambling in Latin America’s largest nation, where it has been outlawed for the past…
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