Dimona

Written by on May 30, 2013

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Dimona

This southern city, known to English speakers for decades as a backwater development town, has begun a wonderful process of transforming itself into a city that is now ready to absorb Olim from Western countries.

Under the forward, creative thinking of its current mayor, Dimona is attracting businesses, university students, dynamic young families and exciting housing projects. It is projected that by 2020, the city will double its size to 80,000 residents.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the desert, and bolstered by the increasing level of excellence in its school system, this town is reaching beyond its humble beginnings to establish itself as a leading city in the south.

Local Employment

Many of Dimona’s residents work at the Dead Sea factories, the Rotem chemical plant or in the tourist industry. Government funds are being poured into the region to develop cutting-edge, hi-tech parks.

Because it is a southern city, the government provides residents with a 20% tax reduction on income tax payments.

Education / Youth

In 2008, Dimona won the national award of Excellence in Education for its schools. In the mayor’s word, “I don’t want a child to ever grow up here and say, ‘I wish I was raised in Tel Aviv.'” Money and creative energy is invested in the schools to ensure that children are able to attain their highest levels of learning.

The Leiman High School, for example, has a joint program with Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva, where selected students participate in medical studies within the hospital. The Nave Music High School affords students the chance to acquire their own musical instruments as they study an intense course of music. The Techni High School has a joint program with the National Air Force Base in Beer Sheva to educate students in the applied sciences. There are 4 secular high schools in Dimona, and all 4 principals were educated in, and graduated from, the Dimona educational system.

All schools in Dimona have an extended school day.

Environmental awareness is stressed in all the schools.

Transportation

The train runs every 20 minutes to areas in the south and the center of the country. Buses leave every 10 minutes to destinations outside of the city, and special 10-passenger cabs travel throughout the day to Beer Sheva, which is a 40 minute car trip. There are regular buses to Beer Sheva and Eilat. The train also runs  a few times a day to and from Beer Sheva.

 

Olim Services

While English-speaking Aliyah to this town is virtually nonexistent, the city is very experienced in welcoming immigrants from other countries. Each new family is given an adopted family to help with the transition to Dimona, and language assistance is offered for both adults and children in facilities throughout the city.

All government offices are located in the city.

Amenities / Services

The Dimona Critical Care Medical Center is the center for dialysis and shock trauma care for the region. This new facility is equipped to handle all emergency needs as first intervention.

A large Cinemateque, sports parks (in many of the neighborhoods) and expanded shopping areas, are all part of the growth that is marked throughout the city.

Dimona is involved in one of the largest water recycling projects in the country.

Community and Religious Life

There are 69 synagogues in use throughout the city, catering to a wide range of religious needs of the city’s residents. While most of the population is not Orthodox, all stores are closed on Shabbat.

The city offers an annual Communications and Movie Festival, an annual International Dance Festival, and an annual Faith Festival.

Real Estate

Type of Property Rent Purchase
Studio, 1 BR, 2 BR Apartment 1,400-2,000 270,000-550,000
3 BR-5BR Apartment & Private Homes 2,000-4,500 500,000-1.4 million
Please note, the following factors will likely result in the price of the property costing on the higher end of the price range:

– Neighborhood
-Ground/First Floor
-Renovated
-Safe Room
-Elevator
-Mirpeset/Porch
-Garden

As of May 2016

Neighborhoods

Every neighborhood has its own nursery school, youth club and sports complex.

In an innovative move, the mayor opened up housing for university students that offers reduced rental payments in exchange for 300 hours of volunteer work in the community. This arrangement is being expanded to allow more students to participate.

Dimona won an award for being one of the ten most beautiful cities in the country.\

Community contacts:
Asher Stern
asherstern@gmail.com
052-608-5116
Head of Aliyah support for the city
Sheila and Robert Schloss
RSCHL55667@AOL.COM
058-448-5566
NBN Olim 2009

Updated: April 2014

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