Written by on June 4, 2013


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Deep in the heart of Israel’s sunny Negev, located between Lake Yerucham and Israel’s Great Crater, sits the peaceful town of Yerucham. Yerucham is proud of its growing recognition as a center for education in the Negev.

Yeruham was established in 1951. Until the 1990s, the majority of its residents came from North African communities, with a minority of the population coming from India and Persia. Today, the majority of the community (40%) is still primarily of North African descent, but they have been joined by Europeans, others Israelis, and North Americans.  The vibrant Garin Torani has brought a new dynamic into the community.

What most residents of Yerucham will tell typifies the community is its sense of intimacy. This is a community where there is a sense of safety and security, and the municipality embraces its citizens. Imbued with a spirit of Zionism and dedication to Am Yisrael, the people of the town are caring and involved in serving others and the state. A number of the residents served as shlichim for the Jewish Agency to countries around the world including the United States and Europe. This community is ideal for creative and dedicated Olim who want to make an impact.

Local Employment
Many people work in education, both formal and informal, in Yeruham and throughout the Negev region. There are various educational institutions and programs in Yerucham as well as a small hi-tech center.  Yeruham and the Negev region host many professional positions in social services and industries. Additionally, Be’er Sheva is the center for employment in this region, employing academics, healthcare providers, lawyers, and other professionals.

Residents of this city benefit from a  Periphery Income Tax Break on salary earned, after having resided in the community for one year.

Education / Youth
There are many ganei yeladim (nursery schools) in the various neighborhoods of Yerucham with a range of religious orientations.

Kol Yaakov is the Mamlachti-Dati elementary school with 400 children. Midreshet Kamah is the Mamlachti-Dati girls’ middle and high school with around 100 students, and Belevav Shalem is the Mamlachti-Dati boys’ middle and high school with around 150 students with dorms for grades 9-12. Both schools emphasize community volunteer work.

The Mamlachti elementary school, Hameuchad has around 300 students. Ort Sapir is the Mamlachti high school and has around 300 students.

There are also 2 elementary Haredi schools, Torat Moshe and Shuvu.

Extracurricular Activities:

Yeruham has a Matnas community center with various options of afterschool activities, lessons, and sports for children. The town has a science center with various extracurricular and school-based programs for the students like a robotics team. There is a music conservatory offering lessons for music students of all levels. There is also a library with books for all ages, quiet study places, and programs for young children. Also there is the Mercaz l’gil harach, a new beautiful building with early child development play rooms.

The Bnei Akiva youth group and the Israeli Scouts are active in town.

Many college volunteers work with youth, and there are several leadership programs. Midreshet Be’er is a post high school seminar program for girls to learn and volunteer. The USY Nativ program also has a group of American students who spend 4 months volunteering in various venues throughout the town.

Yerucham is a 30 minute drive to Be’er Sheva, 15 minute drive to Dimona, and a 1.5 hour drive to Tel Aviv and to Jerusalem. Public transportation to Be’er Sheva and other Negev cities is frequent and regular, and Metropoline bus line has recently added more buses to Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, and other locations.

Olim Services
Both the Afikim BaNegev Synagogue and the Bnei Akiva Synagogue have Welcoming Committees that help absorb new families.

Hebrew Ulpan is in Moshabei Sade (about a 15 minute drive) and in Beer Sheva.

The Matnas in Yerucham often offers a part-time Ulpan for a small fee and various other programs. It is also located near swimming pool, tennis courts, indoor basketball courts, playground, park, library

Yerucham has a small town atmosphere, with one central main street where many of the shops, restaurants, and services are located.

Tourism is expanding in Yerucham. There is Iris HaMidbar Yeruham’s new boutique hotel: , the Midreshet bYachad hostel, and new B&B’s. The town is building a hotel as it is investing in its tourism potential. There are parks and facilities in Yerucham and the vicinity. The Yeroham Lake Park (Agam Yeruham) with Hagar’s well and bike rental at the entrance, has a playground, a park, fishing, and bird watching at the lake. Both Agam Yeruham and the Large Makhtesh are only a 7 minute drive from the center of town, respectively, west and east. There are also many scenic and historical sites in the area.

The Ofek Center (Merkaz Tzeirim) in the local Matnas community center has a 35-55 year old division to help with employment services and offers vocational training options. The TZVI (Tzeirim B’Yeruham) non-profit organization provides cultural programming for 18-35year olds as well as guidance for higher education options. There is also vocational training for 18-35 years olds at the Ofek Center. There are many parks around town with outdoor exercise equipment as well as walking paths and lovely desert hikes in the area.

Regarding health care services, there are Klalit and Maccabi health services as well as a Magen David Adom center.

Senior citizens have a club house and recreational center.

Community and Religious Life
Yerucham is known for its traditional feel. There are over 25 synagogues in the town, developed by the town’s different cultural communities including Moroccan, Persian, Indian, Bucharian, and Ashkenazi.

The Yeshivat Hesder Yerucham is a growing religious institute which plays an active role within the larger Israeli dati-leumi community. There is also a Haredi Kollel. There are various Jewish studies learning and discussion groups meeting weekly in various homes and synagogues around town, some open to men and women, some gender-specific.

Real Estate

Type of Property Rent – NIS Purchase – NIS
2 BR Apartment (3 Rooms) 2000-2500 700,000 – 900,000
3 BR Apartment (4 Rooms) 2500-3000 900,000- 1,300,000
4 BR House (5 Rooms) 3000-4000 900,000- 1,300,000
Land – 500 square meter with infrastructure 350,000 on average
House – 1 square meter of a newly built house 6,500


Newer Neighborhoods:


Neve Nof

Neve HaEmek


Nof Midbar– Bnei Betchah*

Ofek A– Bnei Betchah

Ofek B – Bnei Betchah


*Bne Betchah (The ‘Build Your Own House’ Policy) – An Israeli governmental policy that allows and encourages allotment of plots in the peripheral areas of Israel, for citizens to purchase cheaply, and use to build their homes (private villas). This policy enables ownership of relatively large plots with gardens, and gives the buyer a free hand in designing and building the property. The aim of bne betchah is to attract more citizens to the periphery, and to privatize the building process in the country- a step which allows a healthy competition in the construction field. There are many bne betchah neighborhoods in the Negev.

For more information please see the NBN Go South Garin Resource Packet

** Please note there are many apartments for rent and land for purchase, but not many built houses \ apartments for purchase

Community Contacts:

Naomi Lev:
[email protected]



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