Opportunity abounds in the south. With new industry, the transfer of army operations, and a growing recognition that the Negev may be the last affordable frontier, more and more employment options are opening for Olim who can leverage their English-language skills.
Be’er Sheva, capitol of the south, is the employment hub for the region. Like most other cities, Be’er Sheva is home to both large and small companies, and offers job opportunities in a wide range of fields. Until about a decade ago, the majority of the local businesses were owned and run by small entrepreneurs providing local services. However, with the government’s initiative to further develop the Negev as well as the completion of Route 6 and the railway, and the construction of new industrial parks, an increasing number of large Israeli and international companies are establishing a presence in the south.
You are invited to visit the online Nefesh B’Nefesh Job Board with over 500 jobs from over 200 companies. Search for potential jobs in various industries, and submit your resume to employers looking for qualified Olim.
In order to make professional connections and learn about job opportunities, please create a Linkedin profile and join the Nefesh B’Nefesh Linkedin Job Board and Nefesh B’Nefesh Jobs in Israel Facebook group.
English-language job boards post mainly jobs in the Center of the country. Therefore, when looking for jobs in the South, it is important to make local connections and look at local job listings.
NEGEV JOBS is a classifieds website which was launched in March 2013 as an integral part of the overall development of the Negev region. To date, approximately 900 employers have used the site and have posted more than 1500 jobs including Dead Sea Works, Bezek Online, Yes, McCann Erickson, Baran Engineering and more.The goal of the website is to make a job search in the Negev quick, pleasant, and free. Listings on Negev Jobs are posted only in Hebrew but they can easily be viewed translated into English using GoogleChrome.
MAAVARIM is an organization dedicated to employment development in the rural areas of the Negev (Shaar HaNegev, Bnei Shimon, Yoav). Their online job board is updated every day and can be received in a weekly email.
Other local bodies that offer employment services include Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Interior), Moatzot (Regional Councils), and Merkaz Hatziirim (Youth Centers).
Please send your CV to Donna Horwitz at DHorwitz@nbn.org.il if you are interested in discussing your employment in the South.
For some great job search tips, please see the following article on our blog:
Tutoring in English is also a viable part time option for Olim, as English is a required course from elementary school through high school. The Wall Street Institute (www.wsi.co.il.) Berlitz (www.berlitz.co.il), and British Council teach business English to adults, and have branches in Be’er Sheva and often hire native English speakers as instructors.
Study programs for foreign students are also flourishing in the Negev, and recently positions opened for our Olim at the new Negev campus of Alexander Muss High School in Israel and at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura.
For Olim who want to work in higher education, Ben Gurion University, Sapir College, Sami Shamoon College of Engineering, and Kaye College for Education are institutions located throughout the Negev.
Below are the major medical centers in the South:
Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon
Soroka Medical Center, Beer Sheva
Yoseftal Medical Center, Eilat
Asuta Medical Centers, Beer Sheva
Terem Emergency Clinic, Kiryat Gat
BrightSource Energy – http://www.brightsourceenergy.com/
SunPower – http://global.sunpower.com/
Arava Power Company – http://www.aravapower.com/?langid=2
Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center – http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/solar/Pages/default.aspx
For more information about these benefits and to set up a personal business consultation, contact:
For Olim between the ages of 18-35, there are two organizations that are particularly invested in helping young entrepreneurs in the South:
Merage – http://merage.org.il/
Start-Up – http://startup7.org.il/
In February 2014, Netanyahu announced the creation of “CyberSpark” in Beer Sheva, which is the only complex of its kind in the world that includes industry leaders, academic research), leading security agencies, educational facilities and human capital specializing in cyber security and national government agencies. CyberSpark will be located in the new Advanced Technologies Park, adjacent to both Ben Gurion University and the new technology campus of the Israel Defense Forces Telecommunications Division.
Fortune 500 companies Lockheed Martin and IBM both announced they would invest in the CyberSpark R&D facilities, joining Deutsche Telekom, EMC, RSA, and many startups at CyberSpark in Beer-Sheva’s new Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) and at BGU. The ATP is a partnership between the City of Beer-Sheva, and BGU and other investors. As Mayor Ruvik Danilovitch has said “From no high-tech jobs in the Negev, Beersheva is becoming a high-tech powerhouse in Israel.”
In addition to the new hi-tech park in Beer Sheva, there is also INTEL in Kiryat Gat, AMDOCS in Sderot, the Netivot Industrial Park and the Omer Industrial Park.
In addition, the industrial park at Ramat Hovav, located 12 kilometers from Beer Sheva – http://neot-hovav.org.il/ – houses chemical and pharmaceutical factories including:
Makhteshim Agan (Agrochemical) – http://www.ma-industries.com/
Bromine Compounds (Bromine) – http://neot-hovav.org.il/en/content.php?cid=20
Teva-Tech (Pharmaceutical)- www.tevapharm.com
Available farming jobs (Hebrew): http://www.israel.agrisupportonline.com/drushim/csv/csvread.pl?mytemplate=tp1
Below are some examples of fields that can be done from home:
1) Virtual Assistant
Virtual Secretary – http://www.virtualassistantisrael.com/how-and-who-we-hire/
This work involves listening to and typing up dictation – good transcriptionists are in very high demand.
Transcription for Everyone (TFE): http://transcriptionforeveryone.com/employment-opportunities
From postsecondary education to elementary schools, there are opportunities for students to learn virtually. Along with that come opportunities to teach (and tutor) virtually.
Virtual Berlitz: http://www.berlitz-virtual-classroom.eu/
Tomorrow’s Genius: http://www.tomorrowsgenius.com/
This list of Freelance jobs – https://jobmob.co.il/blog/freelance-marketplaces/ – includes many sites specifically for writing and editing.
There are numerous translation companies, some based in Israel and some abroad for people who have mastery of more than one language. The Israel Translators Association – http://www.ita.org.il/ – lists jobs available both for freelancing and agencies.