In Israel, with a seven-day visit, the Minister of environment of Argentina, Rabbi Sergio Bergman. During his meetings with representatives of the Jewish National Fund («Keren Kayemet Le-Israel»), a decision was made about a joint project – planting a million trees in Argentina.
The Minister Bergman said it will promote the idea of signing the Memorandum of cooperation with the JNF-KKL in many areas, including greening and environmental education for schoolchildren.
The Minister of environment of Argentina gave a high assessment of the availability of most of the objects of the JNF-KKL for people with disabilities. Acquainted the guest with the biosphere concept of building modern parks and nature reserves, and also showed the project «Biofilter» for the collection and wastewater treatment in urban areas.
Rabbi Bergman also planted a tree in the Park Poison-Kennedy, together with the Chairman of JNF-KKL Dani Atar. Addressing the guest, Dani Atar expressed gratitude for the friendship and good will towards Israel and the JNF-KKL. «JNF-KKL is proud to cooperate with the Ministry of environment of Argentina, he said. – We are pleased to share with you knowledge and experience in the field of ecology, agriculture and forestry gained over 115 years of existence of our Fund. Our task is to fill the scope of our cooperation, and we will help our Argentine friends to implement our knowledge and technology in practice».
Sergio Bergman, for his part, said: «to Protect nature means to protect life. There is no better example of what we call «Tikkun Olam» — repair of the world than the protection of the nature and quality of life. The tree symbolizes the roots that go deep into the soil, it gives the fruit that we will ever eat together.»
Sergio Bergman, visited the Carmel forest and Park Ramot Menashe, where he received explanations about the recovery of forests after fires. He visited the biosphere reserve in the area of Nahal Shofet.
Sergio Bergman is the first in the history of Argentina, a Jew, appointed to a Ministerial post. He is considered particularly close to the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri. He is the founder of «Fundacion Judaica» — the Jewish Foundation of Argentina, which is dedicated to preserving synagogues and historic Jewish sites and Jewish education. Bergman is the author of six books of both religious and secular in nature.