In Jerusalem, the Filipino store enjoys popular patronage. The Philippine Embassy regularly meets with the Filipino Community through the FFCI.In Haifa, two stores offer more than Philippine products, they have billiards pool, karaoke and Filipino refreshments. The Cultural Attaché and the Labor Attaché sit as advisers to the FFCI during its meetings held every third Sunday of each month at the Philippine Embassy conference room.Religion, has always been a facet of expatriate Filipino workers, and is very pronounced with their awareness of being in Israel. The Embassy has identified Filipino focal persons in major areas in Israel who will coordinate with other Filipinos in their jurisdiction in case of emergency or special events at the Embassy.
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.
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. 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.True to their gregarious nature, Filipinos in Tel Aviv have taken flats near each other and have congregated in distinct areas like the Carmel Market and the new central bus station (Tachana Merkazit).On any given Saturday evening, when most are on their day off, the Tachana Merkazit gives the impression that one is in Divisoria or Cubao with the thousands of Filipinos letting their hair down after a week’s work. In Tel Aviv, the Carmel market is very popular since, several stores sell pork, Philippine vegetables, Filipino delicacies and other Asian products. In Jerusalem, the Notre Dame Church and the Church of the Terra Sancta.In Tachana Merchazit, there are many stores catering to Filipinos, selling Philippine products and delicacies, including VCDs of Philippine movies. The church which is run by the Franciscan friars can accommodate about 1,500 people at any one time. Saturdays are also the day for worship for some Filipinos who belong to other religious orientations. Under Israeli law, foreign workers are only allowed to stay in Israel for a maximum period of five years.There are also shops for airline booking and moneyt remittance. However, they may continue to stay in Israel after five years provided that they are working for the same employer.There are also videoke bars, restaurants, pubs and discoteques in Tel Aviv which cater to Filipino clients. Although official working days in Israel commence on Sunday until Thursday, working days for majority of the Filipinos start from Monday until Friday noon.