Commonly referred to as the “Capital of the Negev Desert,” Be’er Sheva is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Israel, and is known for its vibrant student community, excellent nightlife, and proximity to world-class hiking and camping.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Located at the northern edge of the Negev Desert, Be’er Sheva is one of Israel’s fastest growing cities with a diverse population of university students, young professionals, and families. There is a network of Bedouin villages adjacent to the city, as well as a large Russian population. The city is home to Ben-Gurion University, attracting a growing number of tech companies and startups, making Be’er Sheva a true “cyber city.” Be’er Sheva residents are driven by the city’s commitment to continuous advancement. Fellows can spend their free time relaxing a the lake at Be’er Sheva River Park, hanging out in the Baraka – the center for student night life, hiking in the desert, or taking in a Hapoel Be’er Sheva soccer game – the pride of the city!
The MITF apartments are located in the heart of Be’er Sheva’s Old City. The apartments are positioned within walking distance to the central train/bus station, markets, music venues, bars, and dance clubs. The Old City thrives on music, art, and community, drawing comparisons to Tel Aviv’s hipster Florentine neighborhood. The historic architecture of the city has been revived through a youthful infusion of culture, with endless activities such as open mic nights, paint n’ wine, concerts, and more. In Be’er Sheva you’ll learn quickly that Israelis from the southern part of the country pride themselves on hospitality, providing a warm atmosphere into which participants can easily integrate themselves.
The MITF Participants living in Be’er Sheva enjoy sharing an apartment building with young Israelis who study and work nearby. This atmosphere naturally immerses Be’er Sheva participants into the Old City community. The building consists of individual apartment units with a shared wrap around balcony providing space to interact with your neighbors. The apartments themselves have fully stocked kitchenettes and comfortable living rooms – great spaces for fun nights and Shabbat dinners with your cohort! Additional apartment details:
- 3-4 people per apartment sharing two bedrooms
- Fully furnished living space and kitchen
- Wifi and air conditioning
- Shared washing machines
- Single rooms are available for extra charge ($750)
As the southern transportation hub of the country, Be’er Sheva has easy access via train and bus to nearly anywhere in Israel! Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are an hour and a half north of Be’er Sheva, and the resort city of Eilat is located two and a half hours south. Most importantly, the city’s proximity to the Negev makes it an excellent launching point for desert adventures, such as camping, hiking, and star-gazing.
KNOWN FOR: Modern city living in the desert
FUN FACT: The pedestrian street directly beneath the apartments transforms into an open-air market twice weekly!
WHAT’S IN A NAME: Be’er Sheva can be translated to “Seven Wells” or “Well of the Oath.”
LOCATION IN ISRAEL
ISRAEL TEACHING FELLOWS
AGES 21-35 | 10 MONTHS
Teach English on this highly rewarding program with a generous stipend. You’ll pick up new skills and connect with Israeli society in meaningful ways.