It's Solomon's Temple, complete with helipad

By Isabel De Bertodano, August 1, 2014

A vast replica of Solomon's Temple opened this week in Sao Paulo, with the capacity to seat 10,000 followers of the evangelical Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

The temple, which engulfs an entire city block and cost about £176 million to build, has polarised opinion, particularly among the Jewish community from which it borrows much of its most eye-catching symbolism.


Before a ball has even been kicked, Brazil grows its own community

By Isabel de Bertodano, June 12, 2014

When the World Cup match between Argentina and Iran kicks off next Saturday, a group of Jewish fans will be prominent in the crowd, with a banner reading: “Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof” (“justice, justice, we shall pursue”).


Football star’s campaign for murdered journalist

By Jonathan Gilbert, May 23, 2013

A sporting legend is demanding the resignation of Brazil’s football chief for inciting the murder of a Jewish journalist.

Romario, who scored 1,000 goals in a celebrated international career, has accused Jose Maria Marin, the president of the CBF, Brazilian football’s governing body, over the death of former BBC reporter Vladimir Herzog in 1975.


New friends help me mind the gap

By Steven Allweis, February 21, 2013

Travelling around the world on your own at the age of 20 is a fairly daunting prospect.

Leaving behind family, friends, university and the culture you know so well is not easy, especially when your first destination is a soulless, depressing hostel nearly 10,000km away.


Welcome to Porto Alegre, tropical hub for the global BDS movement

By Shimon Samuels and Sergio Widder, December 6, 2012

V The World Social Forum (WSF), founded in Porto Alegre in 2001 as the anti-globalisation campaigner’s answer to the capitalist Davos World Economic Forum, originally gave a voice to the world’s marginalised and downtrodden — indigenous peoples, trafficked women and children, disaster victims.


Brazilian Jews urge president to avoid Ahmadinejad meeting

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2012

Delegates representing Brazilian Jews have called on the nation's president not to meet Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his upcoming visit to the country.


Secular, no community and rejected

April 4, 2012

You have met them in your butcher, your baker, possibly even your candlestick-makers and they teach in your children's schools. But did you know there are nearly 80,000 Israelis living and working in Britain?

As many as 70 per cent are believed to be entrepreneurs. But Israelis are also bankers, bakers, teachers, fundraisers, psychologists, artists and work across all the professions.


Three Lives: A Biography of Stefan Zweig

By Amanda Hopkinson, April 2, 2012

Stefan Zweig, in recent years, has not so much reprised an earlier reputation in this country as achieved one hitherto denied him beyond his native Austria.

This cannot be merely a testament either to the pioneering Modernism of this uniquely voiced author or to the increased sophistication of a new generation of Anglophone readers.


Amy Winehouse to tour Brazil

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

Amy Winehouse is to return to the stage after nearly two years with a series of concerts in South America early next year.

The Jewish singer, who grew up in north London, will perform four dates in cities around Brazil in January. The American singer Mayer Hawthorne, whose real name is Andrew Mayer Cohen, will support her on the tour.

She will travel with bodyguards including accompanied a former SAS officer in order to ensure her safety while in the country.

Ms Winehouse, 27, is expected to release a new album after the Brazil tour.


Brazilian schools to teach about Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, October 20, 2010

Schoolchildren in one of Brazil’s largest cities are to be given compulsory Holocaust education.

Following a spate of neo-Nazi attacks in the area, the authorities in the southern state capital Porto Alegre are to add the topic to the public school curriculum.

The 96 schools in the city will be the first in Brazil that are legally required to teach about the rise of Nazism. As of next year, some 60,000 pupils will take classes on the subject.