Brazilian Jewish hospital debuts new unit

Brazilian Jewish hospital debuts new unit

RIO DE JANEIRO — The governor of Brazil’s most populous state attended the inauguration ceremony of a Jewish hospital’s new unit.

Sao Paulo state Gov. Alberto Goldman, who is Jewish, attended Tuesday’s ceremony marking the inauguration of a 10-story unit of the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo city.

Considered Brazil’s most prestigious hospital, the Einstein is one of 57 Jewish institutions in Sao Paulo state, which comprises some 60,000 Jews, or half of Brazil’s Jewish population.

Some $290 million will be invested by 2012 in the hospital’s expansion, according to its president, Claudio Lottenberg.

Goldman was elected vice governor in 2006 under Gov. Jose Serra. After Serra’s resignation in April in order to run in October’s presidential elections, Goldman assumed the position of governor.