Argentina, Chicago and ‘first Jewish’ leaders


Thanks to the travel schedule of Argentina’s top two officials, the South American country will have its first Jewish president — but only for a day.

For the first time, Argentina will have a Jewish president — at least temporarily.
Beatriz Rojkes, the provisional president of the Argentinean Senate, will be in charge of the government for a day-and-a-half beginning Wednesday because President Christina Fernandez and Vice President Amado Boudou are traveling out of the country.

By marvelous coincidence, Rahm Emanuel — erroneously referred to as the first Jewish mayor of Chicago — was sworn into office on the same date, May 16, one year ago.

While Emanuel is indeed the first Jewish person elected mayor of Chicago, the Windy City’s ‘first Jewish mayor’ was a temporary appointment in 1928. His name was Samuel Ettelson.

Image:  Presidency of the Nation of Argentina’s website (CC)

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