Articles written by Marcus M. Gilban

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Hackers threaten online shiva for Brazilian Jewish educator

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Hackers posting death threats, including “I’ll enter synagogues and kill everyone,” broke into the online mourning ceremony for a former Jewish school principal in Rio de Janeiro. “Death to Jews,” “I’ll explode,” “Sieg...


Rio de Janeiro designated sister city of Raanana, Israel's Brazilian capital

RAANANA, Israel (JTA) — Rio de Janeiro and Raanana are now sister cities, a longtime aspiration of Brazilian immigrants who have turned the upscale Tel Aviv suburb into their new home. “It’s the result of the great relationship between Israel and B...


COVID-19 hasn't stopped one of Israel's national passions: folk dance

RAANANA, Israel (JTA)-Like all other mass gatherings now, Israel's Karmiel dance festival, one of the largest of its kind in the world, was postponed. The annual fest, which takes place at the end of...


Brazilian Jews slam magazine that likened Jewish politician to Hitler's propaganda mastermind

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)—Several Brazilian Jewish groups are condemning a magazine news article that likened a local Jewish senior politician to Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Istoe magazine published on Friday an article titled “Go... Full story


Israelis aiding search at Brazilian mine disaster are met with praise and criticism

By Marcus M. Gilban RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)-Less than one month after Benjamin Netanyahu gained pop star status across Brazil for blending in with the locals during the very first visit of a sitting Isra... Full story


Brazil applauds Netanyahu-Bolsonaro bromance, new ties with Jewish state

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gained pop star status among Brazilians during a five-day visit to the country to attend the inauguration of the country's new... Full story


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