Isaac Benzaquén Pinto has been elected as President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE), the country’s EJC affiliate.
Elections were held electronically on Sunday, 10 May 2020. Mr. Benzaquén Pinto succeeds Isaac Querub Caro, who chaired the representative institution of Spanish Jews for 9 years.
Mr. Benzaquén Pinto is a native of Melilla, 69 years old, is married and has 4 children. He graduated in Economics from the University of Malaga and has held management positions in the banking sector.
He served as President of the Jewish Community of Malaga for 8 years and was elected previously to the Executive Committee of the FCJE, where he served as treasurer and head of religious affairs.
“In this new phase, the FCJE will focus fundamentally on helping to bring the projects of each Jewish community to a reality, on promoting all kinds of activities of general Jewish interest, on ensuring the preservation of Jewish traditions and the Jewish historical and artistic heritage in Spain, on disseminating knowledge of Spanish Jewish culture, combatting antisemitism and other forms of intolerance, and ensuring compliance and development of the Cooperation Agreement signed with the Spanish State in 1992,” read a statement from the Federation.