Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
Prior to his appointment as Environment & Sustainable Development Minister, Rabbi Bergman served as a National Deputy for Mauricio Macri’s PRO party, representing the City of Buenos Aires (2013-2015) and as a city lawmaker, also for the PRO party (2011-2013).
As Environment & Sustainable Development Minister, Rabbi Bergman works to position environmental issues and energy efficiency policies at the forefront of the national agenda. He has already created a cross-cutting Climate Change Committee to discuss sectoral policies impacting emissions, and is in the process of developing a National System for Environmental Indicators & Sustainable Development, which will provide more targeted information on the state of environmental progress, and will work towards meeting the government’s ambitious Sustainable Development Objectives.
Before embarking on a political career, Rabbi Bergman was a familiar face in the Jewish community as rabbi for the city’s foremost synagogue on Libertad Street, where he still presides.
Prior to that in 1994, through the Jewish Foundation where he worked, he founded the community school Arlene Fern, an institution which teaches social entrepreneurship and encourages community development projects rooted in inter-religious dialogue.
Rabbi Bergman was one of the founding members of the NGO Memoria Activa, dedicated to seeking justice for the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires that claimed 85 lives and injured hundreds of others.
He has a Degree from the School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and took several postgraduate studies abroad. He received rabbinic ordination from the Marshall Meyer Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires in 1992.