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Sara Riwka B'razErlich

Sara Riwka B’raz Erlich’s vivid writing draws inspiration from her work as a psychiatrist, her Jewish heritage, and her experiences in South America and Israel. In 1958 Erlich graduated with honors from the School of Medicine in Pernambuco, one of Brazil’s finest medical schools, where she met her life partner, Dr. Ladislau Porto. The couple co-founded the Northeastern Center of Rehabilitation for Disturbed and Neglected Youngsters, helping underprivileged children and teens with mental and emotional disorders. In the 1950s she published Histórias que precisavam ser contadas (Stories that Had to Be Told), based on her work with the children. After thirty years, the couple donated the Center to the government to make it a public institution, and Erlich continued working in private practice while pursuing her writing. In 1978 she published No tempo das acácias (The Time of the Acacias), about her experiences in the diaspora, interweaving Brazilian culture with her family’s Eastern European influences. She has continued to write and publish memoirs, stories, and essays in Portuguese, including a 2000 study of the Jewish legend of the dybbuk from a religious, creative, and psychiatric standpoints, and a 2002 analysis of Vincent Van Gogh.

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Sara Riwka Erlich wove together elements of her upbringing in a Brazilian-Jewish family, her professional experiences as a psychiatrist and her impressions of her time in Israel into her many multicultural and multi-spiritual literary works.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sara Riwka B'raz Erlich." (Viewed on December 2, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/braz-erlich-sara>.


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