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Argentinian Rabbi Sworn into National Parliament on Tanach

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Rabbi Sergio Bergman, wearing a colorful yarmulke, was sworn in to Argentina’s National Parliament Wednesday on a Tanach when he swore the oath of office before “God, the motherland and the sacred scriptures of the Bible, the Tanach.”

Bergman, the first rabbi to take office as a national legislator, was one of Argentina’s 127 newly elected legislators sworn in Wednesday at an opening ceremony in the Lower House of the National Parliament. His original text was an unprecedented formula that he prepared.

He is believed to be the only rabbi elected to a national parliament outside of Israel.

Bergman, 51, is also the senior rabbi of Argentina’s oldest congregation, Congregacion Israelita Argentina, which marked its 150th year last month with a series of celebrations, including the launching of the rabbi’s book about Pope Francis.

The rabbi-legislator founded a network of Jewish schools and educational projects that includes a gay alliance and a rural farm. In May, he received the Micah Award from the World Union for Progressive Judaism for his commitment to social justice at the organization’s convention in Jerusalem.

Reform-Conservative Rabbi to Lead Argentinean Center-Right Party

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Reform-Conservative Rabbi Sergio Bergman will lead the ticket for the center-right Propuesta Republicana (PRO) Party in Argentina’s national elections.

The PRO Party confirmed the decision on Saturday hours before the deadline for parties to present candidates for the October vote.

Bergman, a member of the Buenos Aires municipal Legislature, will head the list for the National Lower House. He is the first rabbi to lead a national ticket in Argentina.

PRO has won 60 percent of the vote in the Buenos Aires municipal elections last June.

Buenos Aires city Mayor Mauricio Macri, who is running against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of the Victory Front party, tapped Bergman to lead the party list.

Bergman, the senior rabbi of the traditional Congregacion Israelita Argentina, is the founder of Active Memory, a group that demonstrated every Monday for a decade seeking justice for the victims of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center.

In July 2011, Bergman handily won his Municipal Legislature seat with 45 percent of the vote. Donning a colorful, broad-rimmed yarmulka, Bergman took his oath of office on the Torah instead of the Christian Bible. He said the election of a visibly Jewish candidate to a senior legislative position was especially significant because of Argentina’s past.

Before that election, Bergman told JTA that he became involved in politics because Argentinean society is “in a deep crisis of values,” adding, “I believe that Torah can also be taught in the Legislature.”

Last year, Rabbi Bergman, who has two rabbinical ordinations: one from the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly and another from the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis, announced his resignation from the Rabbinical Assembly. Sergio Bergman made the announcement at the World Union of Progressive Judaism gathering in Buenos Aires last August.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/reform-conservative-rabbi-to-lead-argentinean-center-right-party/2013/06/23/

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