22 October 2019 - 23 Tishri 5780 - כ"ג תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
Israel to offer tourism jobs to Philippine workers E-mail

At least a thousand jobs will be opened for Philippine workers in Israel’s tourism industry by the end of the year, an Israeli diplomatic envoy said according to Philippine News Agency.

In a recent interview, Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Rafael Harpaz, said that the Philippines was the first country that Israel had signed an agreement with to fill hotel and restaurant vacancies in its country.

“We decided to open Israel to a limited amount of overseas workers all over the world. We start with 2,000, and 1,000 of them will be Filipinos,” he said on the sidelines of the Water Technology Forum in Makati City, Manila.

With the increasing tourist arrivals to Israel every year, Harpaz noted they saw a lack of local workers keen to take part in their tourism industry. This prompted the government to seek overseas workers, with Filipino nationals as priority.

“Why Filipinos? Because you have the best service in hotels and restaurants,” the ambassador added.

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David Hertz wins the 2019 Bronfman Prize E-mail

David Hertz, a Jewish social entrepreneur from Brazil, was named the winner of the 2019 Charles Bronfman Prize in September in recognition of his efforts to alleviate global hunger. The award comes with US$100,000 in prize money.

Hertz is the cofounder of Gastromotiva, a Brazilianbased organisation that fights unemployment and social inequality. Part of its innovative framework is the incorporation of cooking classes and nutrition education as tools to “create opportunities for those living on the margins of society.”

The Charles Bronfman Prize, established by the children of the eponymous philanthropist, honours humanitarians under the age 50 “whose innovative work, informed by Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.”

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Indian women’s business delegation visits Israel E-mail

A delegation of 62 female entrepreneurs from India, representing the Ladies Association of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), spent a week in Israel in September.

The federation chose Israel as their destination this year, arranging their programme with the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi and the Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce.

The delegation spent time touring the area and meeting Israeli industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

It was headed by Harjinder Kaur, President of FICCI and founder and CEO of Comvision, a software production company specialising in accessible governance and software solutions for the transport sector.

“We are very proud to host such an important business delegation from India,” Israel’s Ambassador to India, Dr. Ron Malka, said. “This will encourage collaborations between women entrepreneurs and businesswomen of both the countries. I expect more business interactions and opportunities to come in the near future. The people to people connection is the foundation for cooperation in every field, and therefore it is important to have Indians and Israelis come in contact as much as possible.”

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Shavei Israel publishes first Chinese edition of the Bencher E-mail

Shavei Israel has published the first birkon (prayer book)more commonly known as the ‘Bencher’ – in Mandarin Chinese. The bencher includes Shabbat kiddushim, aftermeal blessings, and songs that will aid Chinese-speaking Jewish communities.

The translation to Chinese was made by Shavei’s coordinator for the Kaifeng Jews, Eran Barzilay, with the help of those representatives of the community who underwent the process of formal conversion and successfully made Aliyah to Israel.

The introductions to the bencher were prepared by Shavei Israel’s Chairman and Founder, Michael Freund, and Rabbi Chanoch Avitzedek. They focus on the meaning and importance of keeping the Sabbath.

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Philippine student-trainees graduate from Agriculture programme Israel E-mail

In total 638 student-trainees from the Philippines graduated from Israel’s Agrostudies Program in ceremonies held on 2 September at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

The Philippines has also maintained its position and as the country with the most number of graduates for this year’s programme, which hosted over 1000 students of agriculture schools from 13 other countries in Asia and Africa.

Philippine Charge d’ Affaires Randy Arquiza, representing the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the various State University Presidents, graced the graduation ceremony and distributed the certificates of completion to the graduates.

The students from different agriculture university and colleges in the Philippines completed their 11-month course of combined academic learning and practical work covering the latest agro-based technology and techniques utilised by farms in Israel.

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