City Type: Large City
Demographics: Young Couples, Young Families, Retirees
Religious Makeup: Chabad, Conservative, Dati Leumi, Haredi, Reform, Secular
Affordability: $$$$ (range 1 to 5)
Average humidity ranges from 50% in January to 34% in May.
Beer Sheva is the largest city in the Negev and southern Israel. The early population of Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews from Arab countries has been joined by immigrants from Russia, Ethiopia, India, the USA, and other countries. The Beer Sheva municipality provides Aliyah support services for English speakers. Availability of local employment and connection to other major cities and areas of Israel is well-developed.
Beer Sheva housing construction was predominantly publicly built apartment buildings, but newer neighborhoods feature a variety of apartment building sizes and villas.
Housing prices vary widely, based on location, features, and condition, but recent searches yielded these prices for apartment rentals and purchases:
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Local bus service in Beer Sheva is well-developed with most lines radiating from the central bus station to various parts of the city. Inter-city transportation is offered by a variety of bus companies and two Israel Railways stations in the city connect to more distant cities. Highways connect Beer Sheva to Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, and Dimona. The route to Jerusalem through Tel Aviv is a bit faster and often preferred over the more direct route.
Employment in Beer Sheva is offered by a growing high-tech industry presence with an emphasis on cyber security. A science park and high-tech employment center houses branches of global tech companies. Many electronics and chemical plants are located in the area, including Teva Pharmaceuticals. Israel Aerospace operates a large complex in the main industrial zone. Ben-Gurion University, Soroka Medical Center, and the Israel Defense Forces are among the largest local employers.
Education in Beer Sheva is a mix of secular and religious schools from the nursery and kindergarten years through elementary and high school. A variety of special education programs operate to serve students with special needs. The city is home a number of higher education institutions, including technical colleges and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Services for Olim
Beer Sheva has an office dedicated to assisting Olim from English-speaking countries. Help is available with submitting documents, school registration, and problems that arise in daily life. Short term housing assistance, auxiliary classes for children, and a network of online resources are available.
Beer Sheva offers a wide range of religious community options, with numerous mikvaot and congregations following Orthodox Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Chabad traditions, as well as Ethiopian, Yemenite, Conservative, and Reform congregations. Youth movements, adult education, and community activities abound.
Amenities & Attractions
The Beer Sheva area has beautiful scenery and a wealth of local attractions including hiking, museums, concerts, sports, and more. The Negev Museum of Art, Museum of Bedouin Culture, Turkish Railway Station Museum, Carasso Science Park, and other cultural institutions are complimented by shopping, dining, and other local attractions.