Cherished Jewish Brazilian Artist and Educator Dies of COVID-19

By Marcus B. Bilban
Jerusalem drawings (1974)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (JTA) — Daniel Azulay, one of Brazil’s most prominent children’s artists and educators, died March 27 at 72 in Rio de Janeiro. Azulay was being treated for leukemia when he contracted the coronavirus. Azulay was the creator of “Turma do Lambe-Lambe,” a group of children’s characters that starred in television shows that a generation of Brazilian children grew up watching. More recently, he focused on painting, displaying his work in exhibitions abroad and illustrating a picture book about a Brazilian child who moves to the United States. Azulay was also deeply connected to Brazil’s Jewish community, which numbers about 100,000. Born in Rio to a Moroccan Jewish family, he was a descendant of the founding members of Rio’s first Sephardic synagogue. [More]
Daniel Azulay, an influential Brazilian children's entertainer and educator. (Daniel Azulay Facebook via JTA)

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