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Memorial Center to Jewish Immigration Launches in Brazil

Memorial Center to Jewish Immigration Launches in Brazil

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From left: Rabbi Y. David Weitman, S. Paulo mayor Gilberto Kassab, former Gov. Claudio Lembo and councilman Floriano Pessaro (Photo: Peter Halmagyi)
From left: Rabbi Y. David Weitman, S. Paulo mayor Gilberto Kassab, former Gov. Claudio Lembo and councilman Floriano Pessaro (Photo: Peter Halmagyi)

S. Paulo, Brazil—A new cultural center and museum memorializing Jewish immigration to Brazil have been launched with a groundbreaking ceremony and the receipt of historic artifacts to be housed in its permanent collection.

Solid gold tefillin boxes made in 18th-century Germany (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Folhapress)
Solid gold tefillin boxes made in 18th-century Germany (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Folhapress)

Through interactive displays and a collection of objects of historic and artistic interest, the center will highlight the six waves of Jewish immigration to S. Paolo over the past century, and will include an exhibit dedicated to the Jewish life cycle and traditions. The center is part of the restoration of Kehilat Israel, the first synagogue in S. Paulo, founded a century ago by Jewish immigrants from Bessarabia.

"Brazil welcomed its Jewish immigrants with open arms, and they could profess their faith freely. It is important to preserve that history,” noted the mastermind of the project, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Y. David Weitman, Rabbi of the Sefardi Community Beit Jacob Safra.

Antique matzah cover hand-woven in Hungary (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Folhapress)
Antique matzah cover hand-woven in Hungary (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Folhapress)

The collection already includes Jewish amulets, manuscripts, a German Sabbath lamp from the late 19th century and a book of poems about the Spanish Inquisition published in Naples in 1630, all donated by members of the community. "This amazing memorial project will allow us to rescue parts of our history and transmit it to future generations," said Mario Fleck, chairman of the Jewish Federation of S. Paulo.

The cultural center, expected to be completed in 2014, will be located near the State Gallery, the Portuguese Language Museum, and other local and national institutions.

Rabbi Weitman, left, and Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger (Photo: Peter Halmagyi)
Rabbi Weitman, left, and Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger (Photo: Peter Halmagyi)

The cornerstone for the center was laid at a ceremony attended by community members and dignitaries from Brazil and abroad, including the mayor of the city of S. Paulo, Gilberto Kassab, the former governor of S. Paulo state; Claudio Lembo; Rabbi Weitman; and Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.



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