26November2014

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Filipino Community in Israel

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Filipinos in Israel

As a service to the large English speaking Filipino community living in Israel, mostly contract workers, we have provided some  information to ease their integration into the Israeli lifestyle.  We welcome you to join our social groups an participate in our social activities.

The Anglo-list would like to thank the Philippine Embassy for contributing the information in this article.

 

Demographics

The estimated number of Overseas Filipinos living in Israel now stands at  39,000 and distributed as follows:

 Tel Aviv and environs   18,000
 Jerusalem  10,000
 Haifa and other northern cities  6,000
 Beersheva  3,000
 Netanya  1,000
 Rishon LeZion and Rehovot   300
 Eilat and other cities in Israel   700
 
Profile of the Filipino Community in Israel
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The Philippine Embassy estimates that there are approximately 39,000 Filipinos working and living in Israel. A large majority is concentrated in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. There are also a considerable number of Filipinos working in Beersheva, Netanya, Rehovot and  Rishon Lezion however, most of them maintain apartments in Tel Aviv where they normally spend their weekend.
filipinos in israel national dress Religion, has always been a facet of expatriate Filipino workers, and is very pronounced with their awareness of being in Israel.  Filipino worshipers usually flock at St. Anthony Catholic Church along Yefet St. in Jaffa for the Saturday masses at 5:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. Weddings are usually scheduled during the 5:30 p.m. mass. The church which is run by the Franciscan friars can accommodate about 1,500 people at any one time. In Haifa, Filipinos frequent the St. Joseph Church.  In Jerusalem, the Notre Dame Church and the Church of the Terra Sancta.  Saturdays are also the day for worship for some Filipinos who belong to other religious orientations.  Filipinos in Israel practice their faith freely.  

Under the Israeli law, foreign workers are only allowed to stay in Israel for a maximum period of five years.  However, they may continue to stay in Israel after five years provided that they are working for the same employer.  Although official working days in Israel commence on Sunday until Thursday, working days for majority of the Filipinos start from Monday until  Friday noon.  
Most of the Filipinos in Israel work as caregivers.  There are also a small fraction who work in hotels and restaurants.  Women outnumber men by 6 : 1.
The Federation of Filipino Comnnunites in Israel (FFCI)
The Federation of Filipino Communities in Israel  (FFCI) is the   umbrella organization of  all Filipino associations/groups in Israel.  Represented by the Presidents of each organizations, the FFCI   conducts sports and social activities for the Filipino Community.  They also extend assistance to Filipinos in Israel on case to case basis as   well as work on projects assisting Filipinos in the Philippines.  
 
Elected FFCI Officers
  • President: Ms. Minerva Villanueva - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Vice President: Ms. Jill Tuparan Sollesta - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Secretary: Ms. Liza Atibagos - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Treasurer: Ms. Lina Caasi - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Auditor: Mr. Ruel Bautista - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • PRO: Ms. Babes Pramis - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Business Manager: Ms. Lourdes Levi - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Appointed Officers
 
Assistant Secretary      Ms. Cheryl Sevegan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Assistant Treasurer Mr. Bernie Jimenez
Assistant PRO  Ms. Grace Cardenas - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Assistant Business Manager Mr. Russ Pagarigan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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