Rabbi tapped to lead party list for Argentinian elections

Sergio Bergman will head ticket for center-right party, led by Buenos Aires mayor, in national vote; first rabbi to do so

Argentinian Rabbi Sergio Bergman. (Photo credit: CC-BY Fernando Carrizo, Wikipedia)
Argentinian Rabbi Sergio Bergman. (Photo credit: CC-BY Fernando Carrizo, Wikipedia)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Rabbi Sergio Bergman will lead the ticket for the center-right 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.

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, he handily won his Legislature seat with 45 percent of the vote.

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

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