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I created “Haifisha” as a webpage for English speakers, who want to have regular updates about social events around Haifa and area that are friendly for English speakers. Now no need to spend precious time figuring out what is what and who is who in Haifa to organise a social life for an English speaker. Haifisha readers will get all the updates and information in one place.
Back in 2016, when I just moved to Haifa the lack of active social life due to limited or almost no Hebrew made my first days very isolating and lonely. I joined English speaking community groups I found on social media pages. I found them heavily loaded with general marketing information, like adverts of apartments for rent, second-hand houseware, and other buy-sell notices.
I invested my free time, searched information, networked, followed interesting social media groups and organizations. Having filtered a lot of trash I managed to find great seminars, conferences, volunteering activities, courses, tours, cafes, libraries, working spaces, clubs etc.
I started to collect and share these announcements in my Facebook page, that I called “Haifisha“, that comes from a fusion of three words – Haifa (a town where I live) + афиша (in Russian it is a billboard) + אישה (woman in Hebrew). The page gradually grew with organic followers and organizations that regularly share their events.
I call events and places “English speakers friendly” to show that they would not always be entirely in English, but organizers or participants would be using English so that restricted Hebrew would not make a newcomer feel like an outsider.
Whether you are a new immigrant, ola hadasha, expat, tourist on a short visit or business traveler, Haifisha is here to make your stay full of meaningful social connections, exciting encounters with locals and great learning experiences even if your Hebrew is limited.
If you want to publish your events and places here, please, feel free to contact me by e-mail: email@example.com or on the Facebook page.
All the best,