Samuel Isaac Benchimol was born on July 13, 1923 in
In 1942 he entered
In his vast body of intellectual work there are 109 publications between books and articles, among which a few deserve highlight: “Amazônia: Um Pouco-Antes e Além-Depois”, “O Pacto Amazônico e a Amazônia Brasileira”, “Amazônia: Formação Social e Cultural”, “Eretz Amazônia: Os Judeus na Amazônia” and “Zênite Ecológico e Nadir Econômico-Social”. He was also known for compiling and analyzing regional statistics, especially in reference to tax collection and international trade of the Brazilian Amazon. Throughout his work, he always defended the need for sustainable development in the Amazon to adhere to four fundamental paradigms: it must be economically viable, ecologically adequate, politically balanced, and socially just.
As a businessman, Samuel Benchimol was, together with his brothers
As a professor, Samuel taught for almost 50 years at Universidade do Amazonas in subjects related to economics and law. His interest and expertise in the most diverse subjects related to the Amazon culminated in his being chosen by the federal university to create a specific subject, Introduction to the Amazon.
Samuel was also a community leader, serving as president of the Amazonas Jewish Community from 1975 to 1985. His dedication to his community culminated with the publication of his work “Eretz Amazônia”, a study of the Jewish presence in the Brazilian Amazon from the early 19th century to the present.
Because of his dedication to academics and education, Samuel was chosen for the Academia Amazonense de Letras. The main building of the
Samuel Benchimol left a wife, Mery Benchimol, two children, Nora and Jaime, and four grandchildren, Denis, Ilana, Jose and Rebeca.