Sderot

Written by on December 25, 2017

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The Western Negev is made up of seven regional councils, with a total of around 76,000 residents. Sderot, one of the central communities in the area, is home to approximately 25,000 people. This small city is made up of a diverse and unique community.

The vibrant Reut Sderot Garin Torani (religious, Torah-oriented community), is comprised of nearly 600 families, and has brought a new dynamic into the community. Additionally, Ayalim’s student’s village, which is located at the heart of the city, is another young sub-community of students that adds great energy to Sderot.

In vast parts of the Negev there is an exciting upsurge in available real-estate, and thousands of new houses and apartments are being built. No less than five new neighborhoods are planned in Sderot, as well as 3000 new residential units throughout the city.

Local Employment

In addition to the standard job opportunities that can be found in all large cities, such as education, social services, culture & recreation, and medicine, Sderot is home to an industrial area. Amdocs, Ziv Kitchens and Spectronics are just a few of the well-known companies with locations in Sderot. Like most places in Israel, the local employment opportunities require some knowledge of Hebrew.

Education/Youth

There are many good elementary and high schools in the city, as well as a number of Ganim (preschools) – religious and non-religious. Hadar is an excellent special education school for students between the ages of 6-21. There are also two Hesder Yeshivas in the city, and the well-known Sapir College is located nearby.

In the 2017-2018 school year, a new program for children with learning disabilities will be piloted in 15 cities and regional councils throughout the country, one of which is Sderot. This unique program is designed to identify and assist middle school students with learning disabilities, through intensive ongoing individualized support – fully covered by the Ministry of Education. Additionally, families will receive a subsidy to cover some of the evaluation testing costs.

Transportation

The Sderot train station is conveniently located at the entrance of the city. It takes approximately one hour to Tel Aviv and approximately 30 minutes to Be’er Sheva. Additionally, there are bus lines to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon and other cities in the area, as well as to smaller locales nearby. In order to get to the train station – or to any other area of the city – one can hop on a local bus for 2.60 NIS or take a taxi for 10 NIS.

Amenities & Services

Sderot has some great restaurants such as Café Greg, Sushi Moto and Pastah VeZehu . Additionally, there is a large shopping center, a cinematheque, a public library, a skating park, a covered Shuk (marketplace) and several parks. A new children’s park was opened a couple of months ago, and a new 90 dunam (22 acre) bicycle park with a man-made lake is currently under construction, as well as a new soccer stadium.

Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva is approximately 40 minutes from Sderot by car, and Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon is around 20 minutes by car. All Kupot Cholim have branches in Sderot (Klalit, Maccabi, Leumit, Meuchedet).

Furthermore, a new state-of‐the‐art rehabilitation center for the southern region citizens will be opened soon, and will offer physiotherapy, occupational therapy, communications and art therapy as well as other treatment methods.

Religious Life

The city is home to more than 20 synagogues; Mishkan Shalom and Doresh Tov are two of the most prominent ones. The city’s Yeshiva, Afikey Da’at, as well as the Reut Sderot Garin Torani community, hold many events and activities throughout the year, including shiurimfor men and women, and family-friendly get-togethers. Additionally, there is an active Chabad community that runs different programs for the residents, and has an active shul, gan and maon.

Neighborhoods

Sderot is divided into 8 mixed neighborhoods, integrating people of many different nationalities and religious observances. The Reut Sderot Torani community resides primarily in HaVered, Neve Eshkol, Nir Am and the M-3 neighborhoods.

Additionally, five new neighborhoods are under construction at the moment and will provide many new housing opportunities in the city.

Community contacts:

Michaela Bar Chaim
micaedery8@gmail.com
052-614-4063
Young family, member of the Garin Torani

Tzivia Pizem
TziviaPizem@gmail.com
050-651-5687
Veteran Anglo Olah, affiliated with Chabad

Michal Eliav
mieliav@gmail.com
08-623-0193
Retiree, veteran Anglo Olah

Updated: December 2017

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