Cities in Israel

"How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!"
(BaMidbar 24:5)


Beersheba. Photo:

Beer Sheva is the capital of the Negev.

The name of the city of Beersheba is translated either as "The Well of Seven" or as "The Well of Oath". Abraham dug a well here from which he watered his flocks. At this well Abraham and King Abimelech vowed to alliance with each other. This well has survived to this day and is a tourist attraction.

North-west of the city is the hill of Tel-Sheva, where there are ruins of an ancient settlement.

The place where the city is located is an important traffic junction. Throughout history, there have been battles: here fought the Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders. In the 13th century the settlement in this place disappeared and began to revive only in the beginning of the 20th century, during the time of the Turks.

In 1917, the British under the command of General Allenby occupied the city. Beer Sheva was conquered by Israel in the War of Independence.

The first inhabitants of Beer Sheva after the War of Independence were demobilized soldiers. In 1949 it was inhabited by 200 people.

Since 1950, the population began to grow rapidly due to new immigrants sent to the restored city. This growth stabilized in the 70s, but the last aliya of the 90s gave him a new push.

There is a Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, many other educational institutions and a Soroca hospital.

Kikar Menahem Begin 1
Tel. 08-6463777, 08-6463890

The National Insurance Institute of Israel ("Bituah Leumi"):
Wolfson 6
Tel. *6050, 12226050

Israeli Employment Service ("Lishkat Taasuka"):
ha-Tikva 4
Tel. 08-6264164

The Ministry of Interior ("Misrad ha-Pnim"):
ha-Tikva 4
Tel. 08-6263840

Israel Tax Authority:
"Mas Ahnasa":
Sderot Shazar 31
Tel. 08-6293555, 08-6293525, Fax. 08-6293528
Sderot Shazar 31
Tel. 08-6293333, 08-6293384, Fax. 08-6230115
"Misuy Mekarkain":
Sderot Shazar 1
Tel. 08-6293555, 08-6293642, Fax. 08-6230184

Israel Ministry of Construction and Housing:
Tel. 08-6263660

Israel Ministry of Tourism:
Derech Hevron 1
Tel. 08-6234613

Soroka Medical Center
Tel. 08-6400550

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Tel. 08-6461111, 09-6461600

City streets and attractions near the city:


The distance
(in straight line):

to Jerusalem - 70 km
to Tel Aviv - 91 km
to Haifa - 174 km