Reform rabbi sworn in to Buenos Aires council

07.12.2011                      11.Kislev. 5772

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Reform rabbi sworn in to Buenos Aires council

‘Non-Jews love me more than Jews’, says Sergio Bergman, first Jewish religious leader to assume public office in country.

Rabbi Sergio Bergman made history on Tuesday when he was sworn in to the 60-member Buenos Aires municipal legislature.
He became the first Jewish religious leader to assume public office in the Catholic-majority country.
The Reform rabbi, who dons a colorful, broad-rimmed yarmulka and took his oath on the Torah instead of the Christian Bible, said the election of a visibly Jewish candidate to a senior position was especially significant because of Argentina’s past….