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Rabbi wins primary election in Argentina

By Mason White 2:52 PM August 13, 2013
Sergio Alejandro Bergman 

By: Eva Fett
A rabbi could be become a member of congress in Argentina after winning the primary elections over the weekend, according to the official election results.

In the city of Buenos Aires, where 13 House seats and three Senate seats will be up for grabs in October, candidate Juan Cabandie came in third place with 19 percent of the vote, behind an opposition coalition with 35 percent, while Rabbi Sergio Bergman of mayor Mauricio Macri’s PRO party, came in at 28 percent, with almost all the votes counted.

Sergio Alejandro Bergman, also known as Rabbi Bergman, is a reform rabbi, social activist and legislator in Buenos Aires. Bergman serves as rabbi of the Jewish Congregation of Argentina. He is also the Judaica Foundation CEO and president of the Argentina Citizen Foundation. He serves as the executive director of the Action Network and Community Initiatives for Social Enterprise.

In 2011, Rabbi Bergman ran for Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires as a political independent but pulled out shortly after his nomination to head the list of members of the political party led by Mauricio Macri. Later in 2011 Bergman was elected to the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires, a position he assumed in December. Bergman is the first rabbi to be elected to public office in Argentina.