Recently seen in the AngloBeerSheba yahoo group and too good not to share!
Special thanks to Sonya Davidson for compiling and distributing the list and to everyone who contributed their opinions!
We asked the community: What are the top things you like about Beer Sheva? Here are some of their answers:
…so proud that AACI’s own Miriam Green made the list at number 6 and our AACI library made the list at number 16 as well.
The TOP 50 things that Beer Sheva residents like about Beer Sheva…
1. A sense of community, the best community in the country.
2. Friendly, helpful people
3. Terrific, closely- knit, supportive Anglo community
4. The free mixing of people from all shades of Jewish observance
5. Less expensive housing.
6. Miriam Green at the AACI
7. Ben-Gurion University and other excellent colleges.
8. Extension courses at BGU
10. The brand new Carasso Science Park situated the beautiful refurbished Ottoman era school for Bedouin children
11. Art Galleries around town
12. Our Municipal Zoological Garden
13. The Air Force Museum – five minutes from Beer Sheva!
14. The soon-to-opened Abraham’s Well
15. The Turkish Railway Station with: a one-of-a-kind original # 70414 Engine, Tender, and 2 carriages!
16. The AACI Library
17. The Beer Sheva Sinfonietta
18. The Light Opera Group of the Negev, where there is a place for you on stage.
19. The Performing Arts Hall (משכן לאומנויות הבמה).
20. The Cultural Hall (היכל התרבות).
21. The Youth Center (מרכז הצעירים).
22. The L&L Goodman Theatre and Acting School of the Negev
23. World renowned dance companies including a Batsheva School and the Kamea Dance Company
24. The Beer Sheva Chess club; home to more chess masters per capita than any other chess club in the world, and one of the best chess clubs for children anywhere.
25. Society for the Preservation of Nature activities for kids
26. Art Center for kids
27. Almost no traffic jams
28. Excellent transportation facilities both within the city and intercity – both buses and trains)
29. Almost never have trouble finding a place to park
30. Great weather!
31. Seeing camels, sheep and goats on the way to work. Especially little baby camels, in the spring.
32. Beautiful water fountains everywhere, sprouting like mushrooms
33. Drier Air than in the Center, less humidity
34. Close to dramatic desert scenery
35. A growing Metropolitan area
36. All government services available
37. Numerous well-tended, green parks.
38. The Fountain Park, where children can play and run in the water.
39. Great shopping: BIG, One Plaza, 7 Avenue, the new Grand Canyon, mom and pop places, and strip malls.
40. Wonderful Vegetable Market
41. Beer Sheva is just the right size. Big enough to have theatres and shopping malls and sports facilities, but small enough to be able to get across town easily.
42. Beer Sheva provides all of the services of a large metropolitan city, but the people haven’t lost their small town attitude. You can still know all your neighbors, and if your kids act up, someone is going to tell you 🙂
44. Everything is accessible; all shopping needs, all medical needs, and all educational needs all within a maximum of 30 minutes
45. Our Mayor works diligently to make sure that Beer Sheva’s 30 year goals will be reached. Yes, there is a 30-year plan for the city (even the National Government doesn’t have that…)
46. Some of the best shawarma in Israel
47. Good Rail and Bus connections to Ben-Gurion Airport (including all night), Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
48. Beer Sheva is expected to be the next Silicon Valley for Israel, with many hi-tech companies migrating South.
49. Our unique archaeological dig under the newly renovated Central Bus Station
50. Maafiyat Reshonim bakery – a Beer Sheva based bakery that gives any other Israeli bakery – including Ne’eman and Angel – a run for their money!
We welcome you to be in touch with our Southern Branch office in Beer Sheva:
Miriam Green, Southern Branch Counselor AACI–Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel
Matnas Yud-Aleph, 11 Mordechai Namir St., Beer Sheva
tel: 08-643-3953 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Buses # 10, 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
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