The Foundation

The Fundación Hispanojudía (“Hispanic  Jewish Foundation”) is a non-profit organization that aims for the following objectives:

  • To promote relations between Israel, Spain and Latin America, especially through their respective Jewish Communities
  • To recover the historical memory of the role that Jews have undertaken in the Spanish nation and in Europe over the many centuries of our history
  • To promote and disseminate Jewish technology, science and culture
  • To promote intercultural dialogue and the exchange of cultural diversity in Europe and other regions of the world, especially in Israel and Latin America
  • To promote social awareness against neo-antisemitism, xenophobia and racism, and against religious, racial or any kind of intolerance
  • To defend democratic coexistence, the safety and protection of citizens and their rights and freedoms.
To promote and disseminate Jewish technology, science and culture
Building bridges between Latin America and Israel

Governing bodies and the Board of Trustees

The government, administration and representation of the Foundation shall correspond to the Board of Trustees, which shall exercise their corresponding powers subject to the provisions of law and of these by-laws. Its members shall perform their duties with the diligence of a loyal representative.

The Board of Trustees shall consist of a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of fifty (50) trustees. Within these limits the Board of Trustees itself shall at all times determine the specific number of trustees.

Board members may be individuals, regardless of their nationality, who have full legal capacity to act and are not disqualified from holding public office, and who are not in a situation that would cause incompatibility.

Legal entities of any nature may be part of the Board of Trustees and they shall designate the person or persons to represent them and the order of replacement if there are several representatives.

The position of trustee that lies with the individual shall be carried out in person. However, another designated trustee may act on their behalf. This representation must have specific purposes and must follow any instructions that, in that case, the represented trustee has made in writing. The representation will be specific for each session and formalised in writing.

The person corresponding to the order of replacement may act on behalf of whoever is called to exercise their role of trustee in the position that they hold.

The trustee position will be free of charge. However, the members of the Board of Trustees shall be entitled to reimbursement for the duly substantiated expenses caused when exercising their role as trustee.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the body delegated by the Board of Trustees to resolve the issues specifically entrusted to it and in general, to monitor the Foundation’s activity, detailing its undertakings to the Board of Trustees.

The Executive Committee shall meet at least once every quarter and whenever it is convened by the President or Vice President.

The Executive Committee shall consist of:

  • Ex officio members: The President and/or Vice President(s) and the Secretary and/or Deputy Secretary of the Board of Trustees will be ex officio members of the Executive Committee;
  • Elected members: The elected members shall be the trustees elected by the Board of Trustees, from a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) members. The Board of Trustees may change the designation of the trustees who are members of the Executive Committee, except for the aforementioned positions, throughout its mandate.

Trustees with previous knowledge and expertise on the subject to be treated in a meeting may be asked by the President to join that event. They will have the right to speak but not to vote. If the Secretary does not hold the status of trustee, he or she will also enjoy the right to speak but not to vote.

The Executive Committee shall be convened by the Secretary, at the instance of the President, with a minimum of ten calendar days’ notice, and its meetings shall be recorded by the Secretary with the approval of the President. The minutes will be approved at the next meeting or by two (2) auditors appointed by the Executive Committee on the proposal of the President, from among the attendees.

The members of the Executive Committee may grant a proxy, in writing and for each meeting, to another member of the Committee.

The presence of more than half of its members is required for the valid constitution of the Executive Committee, as long as the President or a Vice-President is present. In case of absence or inability, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary may be replaced by the trustee that among those attending the relevant meeting, is appointed by the Board of Trustees itself.

The adoption of agreements will be made in the same way as for the Board of Trustees, the provisions of Article 14 of these Statutes still being applicable.

In case of emergency, the Executive Committee may adopt resolutions on concrete proposals without holding a meeting, which are to be forwarded by the President in writing, and to which the members of the Executive Committee shall respond in writing within forty-eight (48) hours from the receipt thereof.

The Executive Committee shall report its agreements to the Board of Trustees at the first meeting thereafter.