Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau, the Chief-Rabbis of Israel, were attending

The award was made by the Minerva Council of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

The Jewish world, based on tradition and not on genealogies of people who have lived through centuries of persecution around the world, is a world that has long needed certificates.

More than 2,000 Jewish pilgrims have already arrived in Uman, Ukraine, to celebrate the Jewish New Year at the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

A series of one-page notes distributed weekly.

The event was attended by around 80 people from 35 countries, who make up Keren Hayesod's global leadership team.