Isramail - Be'er sheva

BeershevaToday in the isramail, Be'er Sheva! Where the desert blooms.

So Why Do I Like Be’er Sheva?

It’s cheap. You can sometimes actually see camels outside the city on the sides of the roads, great places to eat shawarma, not as busy as Tel Aviv but there still things to do. At night you can see the beautiful starry Negev sky, there is no traffic with great public transportation, there are beautiful natural springs and waterfalls that are hiding only a few minutes from the city, the people are warm like the weather, and the weather is warm like the people.

And finally most army bases are close to Be'er Sheva, as was my training base, (40 minutes), so it reminds me of my army service, over-packing buses and trains going north taking soldiers home after a long week or two in the sandy desert.

What don’t I like about Be’er Sheva?

It is close to my army base (40 minutes), so it reminds me of my army service and over-packing buses and trains coming from the north to start another 2-3 weeks of training in the sandy dessert. (I haven’t decided if it’s a good or bad memory yet.)

Sandstorms, too dry, not green enough. Its sister city in America is Seattle, which is weird, takes too long to get there, no beaches.

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

The place for me that symbolizes Be’er Sheva the most is BGU, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where I am going to spend, from next year, the next three years of my life in school.

That popular university, with its main campus in Be'er Sheva, is named after David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister.

BGU has been dedicated to community improvements and education, as well as fulfilling Ben-Gurion’s vision of making the desert bloom with agriculture, science, technology, and primarily with innovation. Today, 40 years later, BGU has more than 20,000 students. The students and faculty are diverse, from all parts of Israel , including all ethnicities, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, native Jewish, Bedouin, Arab Israelis, students from America, Ethiopia, former Soviet Union and more.

The University is the heart of Be'er Sheva and the students filling the city are the blood in its veins, making this old historical desert town into a young, innovative, flourishing city. As Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion said:

“Only through a united effort by the State, by a people ready for a great voluntary effort, by a youth bold in spirit and inspired by creative heroism, by scientists liberated by the bonds of conventional thought and capable of probing deep into the special problems of this country … we can succeed in carrying out the great and fateful task  of developing the South and the Negev.” 

Be'er Sheva as a city and Ben Gurion University in it are perfect examples and a great success story that Ben-Gurion would be proud of.