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  • Brazil Hillel feigns closure in bizarre marketing stunt

    1 week ago

    Hillel Rio announced it would not close down just three hours after lamenting that it would, all via its Facebook page.

    Before posting the second “official note,” the campus organization’s branch in Rio de Janeiro drew hundreds of supportive messages hailing the work led by its...

  • Jewish hotspots during Brazil’s blockbuster Carnival season

    1 week ago

    Brazilians know how to party. Nowhere is that more obvious than at Carnival, Brazil’s most popular celebration festively combining its rich and multi-ethnic melting pot. It’s also one of the world’s largest multi-day celebrations, when ecstatic crowds enjoy fabulous samba parades...

  • Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

    2 weeks ago

    Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the Americas and could infect 3 million to 4 million people. The race is on to develop a Zika vaccine. 

    Here are some...

  • Brazilian Jewish-themed film expected to set box-office record

    2 weeks ago

    A movie based on the biblical story of Moses is expected to become the most-watched Brazilian film in the country’s history.

    Pre-sales alone for “Os Dez Mandamentos,” a literal translation to Portuguese of “The Ten Commandments,” have reached 2.4 million tickets, which is much...

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  • Ex-Brazilian official likens media treatment of ex-president to Nazis against Jews

    2 weeks ago

    An influential Brazilian ex-governor and government minister compared the media treatment of ex-President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva to that of the Nazis against Jews and other minorities during the Holocaust.

    “The media makes Lula the Jew of the decade, like the Nazis made Jews...

  • Palestinian Authority envoy commemorates Holocaust in Brazil

    2 weeks ago

    The ambassador of the Palestinian Authority in Brazil joined several Jewish and non-Jewish officials to commemorate the Holocaust at a ceremony in Brazil’s capital.

    “I could not be absent. It is very important to remember this date,” the PA envoy, Ibrahim Alzeben, declared at the...

  • Israel presses Brazil to accept pro-settler envoy

    December 28, 2015 | 8:43 am

    Brazil's reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to concerns in the Israeli government that the clash could encourage pro-Palestinian activism against it.

    The appointment four months ago of Dani Dayan, a former...

  • Fleeing recession and violence, Brazilian Jews moving to Israel in record numbers

    December 7, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    For four years, llana Lerner Kalmanovich rode a hot and crowded bus three hours each day to reach the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where she was pursuing degrees in physical education and nutrition.

    Police raids into nearby slums, or favelas, often...

  • Brazilian president reportedly unhappy with appointment of settler leader as envoy

    September 22, 2015 | 12:37 pm

    Brazilian President Dilma Roussef reportedly has told Israel she is unhappy with Israel’s selection for ambassador to her country, former settler leader Dani Dayan.

    Ynet reported this week that Roussef, under pressure from Palestinian groups and figures in her country to reject...

  • Ahead of Olympics, 2 synagogues to open in Rio de Janeiro

    May 15, 2015 | 9:20 am

    Rio de Janeiro is set to open two new Orthodox synagogues ahead of the Brazilian city’s hosting of the 2016 Olympic Games.

    One of the new synagogues will open in August in the neighborhood of Ipanema, the famed tourist destination known for its beach scene. The opening was ...

  • Brazil Jewish schools conclude first national conference

    March 13, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Brazil’s Jewish communities held their first national conference for the faculty of the country’s approximately 20 major Jewish schools.

    Titled “National Encounter for Jewish Schools,” the two-day event’s opening session in Sao Paulo Sunday was attended by representatives from 18...

  • Five Latin American nations pull envoys to Israel since Gaza conflict start

    July 30, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    El Salvador is the fifth Latin American nation to pull its ambassador from Israel since the launch of Israel’s operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    El Salvador’s order Wednesday protesting Israel’s actions in the conflict means it joins Brazil, Peru, Chile and Ecuador in...

  • Israel, Brazilian Jews slam recall of Brazilian ambassador from Tel Aviv

    July 25, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    Representatives of Brazil’s Jewish community said their government’s recall of its ambassador from Israel amounted to a defense of Hamas.

    The statement by CONIB, an umbrella body, came Thursday, a day after Brasilia announced that it was recalling for consultation its ambassador...

  • Palestinian Authority FA says official’s Brazil trip blocked by Israel

    June 9, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Israel has prevented a senior Palestinian soccer delegate from traveling to this month's World Cup in Brazil, his federation said on Sunday.

    The Palestine FA (PFA) has been lobbying world governing body FIFA to impose sanctions against Israel over restrictions on the movement of...

  • Diagnosis put brother on mission

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 7, 2013 | 4:10 pm

    David L. Neale, a prominent bankruptcy attorney and major donor to AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), was stunned when the call came from Brazil in late 1999: His younger brother, John (not his real name), then in his mid-30s and previously robust, was gravely ill in Rio de Janeiro.

    ...
  • Let’s be Brazil

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    I have outrage envy.

    For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and — yes, in the land of Pelé...

  • This week in power: UN agreement, Marathon security, Florida law, Bible winner

    By Danny Groner

    April 25, 2013 | 3:43 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    New deal
    An "unusual partnership" was struck this week, reported The New York Times, that brings together the "United States and Russia, with the help of Jordan, Brazil... As part of...

  • Brazil’s president: Denying the Holocaust means repeating it

    January 31, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that "the Holocaust is repeated when denied, relativized or softened."

    Roussef's comments were made on Jan. 30 during an event in Brasilia in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event was attended by several Brazilian government...

  • Iranian diplomat in Brazil: Soon there will be no place for Zionists

    September 14, 2012 | 9:15 am

    A Brazilian newspaper has published an opinion article by an Iranian diplomat asserting that “there will soon be no place for Zionists in the Middle East.”

    Ali Mohaghegh, first secretary of the Iranian embassy in Brasilia, made the asertion in article published last month in the...

  • Brazil’s Jewish community announces creation of Anne Frank ‘educational network’

    August 17, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Brazil’s Jewish community sent directors of five Brazilian schools named after Anne Frank on a Holocaust study tour in Amsterdam.

    The study trip is the first step in the creation of an educational network, according to an announcement by CONIB, the central body representing the...

  • Sao Paulo declares Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah official holidays

    August 10, 2012 | 10:50 am

    The Brazilian city of Sao Paulo – which has more than 11 million people—declared Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Ramadan as official holidays.

    Jewish and Muslim municipal workers may take two days off during the Jewish High Holidays and Ramadan, respectively. The city has...

  • Brazilian Jewish leaders ask President Rousseff not to meet with Ahmadinejad

    June 11, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Representatives of Brazil’s Jewish communities urged the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, not to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to Brazil.

    Ahmadinejad is expected in Brazil next week for Rio +20, a United Nations summit on sustainable...

  • Israeli task force in place to secure computer systems

    May 18, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    Israel’s government has set up a task force to secure the country’s critical computer systems against possible cyber attacks.

    The task force will “encourage and develop the field of cybernetics and turn the State of Israel into a global center of knowledge, in cooperation with...

  • Al-Qaida cells active in Brazil, magazine says

    April 4, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    The terrorist organization al-Qaida is active in Brazil, including planning attacks and recruiting followers, a Brazilian magazine reported.

    The revelation published over the weekend in Veja is causing serious concern in Brazil and Argentina.

    “We have high concern about...

  • Israel, U.S. woo Latin America after neglect leads to tilt away

    March 21, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    It’s time for the West to woo Latin America—some will say it’s about time.

    The United States and Israel appear to be heading toward increasing their focus on the area following years of neglect that has resulted in closer ties between Latin America and Iran—and gains for the...

  • Brazil’s highest court names first Jewish justice

    February 10, 2011 | 10:08 am

    Brazil’s highest court will have its first Jewish member.

    Judge Luiz Fux, 57, was approved Wednesday by the South American country’s Senate to be seated on the Supreme Federal Court, an 11-member panel that decides constitutional and other matters, as well as final appeals.

    Fux is...

  • New Brazilian president remembers the Holocaust

    January 31, 2011 | 10:22 am

    New Brazilian President Dilma Russeff said at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony that “The Holocaust is not and will never be just a historic moment.”

    “The duty of the memory should not be mistaken for passiveness of the ordinary remembrance,” said Rousseff, who started her term a...

  • Argentina joins Brazil in recognizing Palestinian state

    December 7, 2010 | 10:39 am

    Argentina has recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, according to a note sent from President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to Mahmoud Abbas.

    Kirchner on Monday sent the note to Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, announcing that her government recognizes...

  • Israel, South America start trade agreement

    April 6, 2010 | 11:19 am

    A pioneering free-trade agreement between Israel and a bloc of South American countries began operating.

    Israel is the first country outside South America to sign such agreement with Mercosur, a regional bloc that includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and produces over...

  • Brazilian president lays wreath at Arafat’s grave

    March 17, 2010 | 11:17 am

    Brazil’s president laid a wreath at Yasser Arafat’s grave after refusing to visit the grave of Theodor Herzl.

    President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva met with Palestinian Authority leaders Wednesday in Ramallah.

    “I dream of an independent and free Palestine living in peace in the...

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