The TOP 50 things that Beer Sheva residents like about Beer Sheva…

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

9.   Soroka Hospital

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 🙂

43.  Less frantic and crowded than Tel Aviv or Jerusalem

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

click here for map

tel: 08-643-3953

Subscribe to the AACI Beer Sheva newsletter


AACI is the home for English Speakers in Israel with offices in

Jerusalem, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva and Haifa.

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center

Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2 (across from Hadar Mall) Talpiot, Jerusalem

MAP of Jerusalem Location

Buses # 10, 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.

(02) 566-1181 for more information about any programs or to register.


Rain: A Prize-Winning Poem

Mazal tov! Mazal tov!

AACI staffer Miriam Green, our counselor in the South Chapter (Beer Sheva),  just won a prize at for her lovely poem, “Rain.” This is an evocative picture of an important aspect of life in Israel — our dependence on the  winter rains to supply us with water for the year.

We are pleased to share Miriam’s poem with you.


by Miriam Green

No, it doesn’t rain here
in the summer, I tell the tourist.
She is dazzled, expectant
on her first visit to the land,
her carefree American eyes
unconnected to God.
I want to explain how the year is split
between Succot and Passover;
how after a dry, hot season,
our prayers change in the autumn
supplicating He who makes the wind blow and the rains fall,
mashiv haruach u’morid hageshem;
how if it rains before then, it’s as if God, the master,
throws a glass of wine in the face of his servant;
how the land needs our prayers to survive;
how our toilets have two flush buttons
to minimize water use for small loads;
how, between lathering and rinsing,
we shiver under the shower with the water off;

shower like a soldier from
photo courtesy Davey C while in Iraq

how the rain descends without warning,
drenching our hair, clothes, shoes;
how rare black irises bloom on the sand dunes near Netanya,
and flash floods form in the wadis;
how there are winter days where all you wear is a t-shirt;
how, sometimes, it snows in Jerusalem,
and if the eruv falls, they announce it on television;
how we dress in layers
because it’s colder inside the houses than out in the sun;
how, when it’s time, our prayers change
in the spring to morid hatal asking for dew.
NOTE: An eruv is a halachic boundary around homes and communities, often made of wires tied to poles, that allows carrying of items on the Jewish Sabbath.