Why do you need Haifisha?
My name is Nadia Katzir and I am the creator of this website.
Thank you for visiting my website. I created “Haifisha” for English speakers in Haifa, who want to have regular updates about social events around Haifa and the surrounding area.
Whether you are a new immigrant, ola hadasha, expat, tourist on a short visit or business traveller, 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.
Back in 2016, when I just moved to Haifa, Israel, I had almost no social life due to limited Hebrew. I had no family, immigration agency or olim hadashim curator to support me as I came to Israel because of international marriage.
I felt isolated and lonely.
I joined different online groups for local English speakers and found they were loaded with marketing and selling information. So I invested my free time, searched for information, networked, started following interesting social media groups and organizations. Fortunately, I found great seminars, conferences, volunteer opportunities, activities, classes, tours, cafes, libraries, shared workspaces, dance clubs etc., all the activities that can help in making new connections and friendships. I created the website to help other immigrants like me to feel at “home” and “welcome”.
The name of the website “Haifisha” comes from a fusion of three words – Haifa (the city in which I live) + афиша (afisha ‘billboard’ in Russian) + אישה (isha ‘woman’ in Hebrew). The page gradually grew with organic followers and organizations that regularly share their events.
If you want to publish your events and places here, please, feel free to contact me by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Facebook page.
All the best,