Beer Sheva is mentioned numerous times in the Tanakh, often as a means of describing the borders of the Land of Israel, extending from "Be'er Sheva to Dan" (see Judges 20:1-3, I Samuel 3:19-21). The name is derived from the Hebrew Be'er meaning a well, and Sheva meaning "to swear an oath." Tel Be'er Sheva was excavated from 1969 to 1976 by the Tel Aviv University Institute of Archaeology, directed by Prof. Yohanan Aharoni, except for the last season which was led by Prof. Ze'ev Herzog. These excavations were directed towards uncovering the Iron Age Israelite city at the site. Excavations were renewed by Prof Herzog between 1993 and 1995 in order to complete the uncovering of the town's water system. The site was renovated by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority in 1990. In 2003, its water system was opened to the public. The excavated town is now part of the Tel Beer Sheva National Park. Images by Mboesch via WikiMedia
The ANZAC spirit brought hundreds of horsemen from Australia and New Zealand to bravely and determinately fight for their homeland in the Land of Israel and in Be’er Sheva. You are invited to learn all about the ANZAC spirit at the ANZAC Memorial Center in Be’er Sheva. A tour of the center will unfold the story of these soldiers in an engaging and moving way. The ANZAC Memorial Center in Be’er Sheva was built in cooperation with the governments of Australia and Israel, the Be’er Sheva municipality, the JNF, JNF Australia and the CWGC. The Center is located near the cemetery for combatants of the First World War in Be’er Sheva. The Center will be dedicated as part of the 100th anniversary of the occupation of Beersheba by the ANZAC forces on October 31, 2017 in the presence of the Prime Minister of Israel and the Prime Minister of Australia. The ANZAC Memorial Center is a unique place in Israel that tells the story of the soldiers of the ANZAC soldiers and the conquest of Be’er Sheva in an experiential manner. Visitors to the center will journey to another continent, another time, and discover themselves in the process.The ANZAC Memorial Center in Be’er Sheva is an educational facility committed to promoting and instilling the values of heritage, patriotism, identity and the promulgation of knowledge, all embodied by the ANZAC spirit and their stories. The ANZAC Memorial Center is a central point of interest for visitors in the city of Be’er Sheva. The Center is a magnet for tourists from Israel and from around the world, for IDF soldiers, for students and for anyone interested in the national heritage of Israel and of the city of Be’er Sheva, as well as those who cherish the ANZAC soldiers and their bravery. Image attribution: zeller -zalmanson Pikiwiki Israel, CC BY 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons; Dr. avishai teicher Pikiwiki Israel, CC BY 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons
Abraham's Well is a historical water well in Be'er Sheva, Israel, associated with the biblical narrative of Abraham. Its structure houses the archaeology museum of Be'er Sheva and is located near the Old City of Be'er Sheva. According to the Hebrew Bible, Abraham's well was seized by Abimelech's men, and Isaac’s servants also dug a well at Be'er Sheva. Image attribution: Abrahams Well, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Tel Beer-Sheva is located at the junction of wadi Beer-Sheva and wadi Hebron. Covering an area of 2.5 acres, the site was excavated in the 1970s, and proved to be pre-planned. The streets were parallel to the site’s walls, with a gate complex set next to a well. Its main points of interest are: The Well – Surprisingly the city’s well was dug outside the city’s wall, perhaps to provide water to monadic groups living outside the city (cf. Genesis 21). Dug 227 feet to reach groundwater, Tel Beer-Sheva’s well is one of the deepest wells in Israel. The City Gate – The site’s gate complex is comprised of two sets of gates, with the outer gate next to the well. The inner gate, with its straight angle and 4 guards’ rooms is typical to the Israelite Monarchic period. The middle court was perhaps used for trade and trials, and at war it turned to a killing zone. The Storehouses – Set next to the city’s gates, the three halls were found with plenty of pottery shards of storage vessels. It is assumed that the halls functioned as storehouses, although they could have been a roofed market. Similar tripartite pillared buildings, uncovered at other biblical sites, were used also as stables. The Water System – An elaborate complex designed to capture and store flash flood water from Wadi Hebron. A dam constructed in the wadi channeled the floods’ water into a 850 square feet water reservoir, under the site’s northern edge. A 70 feet deep conic-shaped shaft enabled reaching the reservoir for drawing water and maintenance. tel-sheva-restored-altarThe Stone Horned Altar – Parts of a dismantled stone altar were found scattered throughout the site. This is a significant testimony for local worship, which was abolished, probably by king Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:1-18), or King Josiah (2 Kings 23). Today, a restored replica of the altar is displayed at the entrance to the site. The original stone altar was also restored, and is on permanent display at the Israel Museum. A tour of Tel Beer-Sheva can be combined with a day tour to the South. Image attribution: Daniel Baránek, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
The Old City of Be’er Sheva has been enjoying a cultural and artistic boom, in the last few years, with museums, galleries, street exhibits and artistic projects, some even becoming a tradition. Among the wealth of artistic happenings in the ever-evolving city, the street art scene stands out the most, glorifying the old walls and giving them a happy and luminous street gallery vibe. Discover Be’er Sheva’s street art scene through a colorful and vibrant tour, in which we will explore amazing murals, interactive street games and extraordinary art projects. We’ll walk among the picturesque streets and impressive historic buildings, discuss the artistic development in the Old City and the many artists who “took over” it and turned it into a real gem. Hear about the “Walls in the Old” (“Kirot Ba’Atika”) project – a colorful street gallery exhibiting the local art to the public, and see “Paint in the Old” (“Tzeva Ba’Atika”) project – a series of beautiful murals decorating various building fronts around the city. We’ll pass by the experimental project featuring giant thinking games, stationed along Mordei HaGetaot street and enjoy a specially exciting game; visit a wall decorated with amusing statues at an incredibly reconstructed Ottoman house, by a local artist; gaze at the thousands of colorful lampshades hanging over Kakal street. To complete your artistic experience, we offer you to visit the Artists House in the Negev, the various galleries and the fascinating museums active around the city.
Beersheba (Beer Sheva) is one of the world’s oldest cities! The Biblical forefathers; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived and prophesized here. Expanding rapidly, modern Beersheba is on the verge of becoming a high-tech world capital. On this unique, off the beaten track Israel tour, we explore the "Capital" of the Negev Desert where "Our Past Meets Our Future"
Kornmehl farm was founded on the eve of Rosh Hashanah by Anat and Daniel Kornel, two graduates of Israel’s School of Agriculture. The farm overlooks the desert mountains with its goat pens being placed in a more nascent fashion in front of man made terraces. This has been a herding technique used in the area for the last 4000 years. The restaurant cheese selections offer patrons the farm's interpretation of iconic cheeses. The health and contentment of the goats is key to the quality taste of it’s goat milk. The farm restaurant offers a variety of housemade cheeses and fresh breads for spreading as well as a few other comfort food staples like rice pudding, focaccia, and knafe.
Idi, located in the seaside city of Ashdod, is a restaurant name that carries culinary weight both inside and outside of Israel. This restaurant began with the dream of a former diver in the Israeli pipeline industry, Idi Israelowitz. After years of trials and tribulations with trying to open several establishments in Israel, as well as a stint at the famed Cordon Bleu in Paris he opened Idi in 1995. His dishes place an emphasis on fine seafood and seeks to provide diners with good food and good fun. The Idi experience includes red tuna steaks, fried calamari, and plenty of high quality wine and spirits to wash it all down.
The restaurant Ha'Katzeh is comparable to a fast food drive-in but with a twist- they offer high quality Moroccan cuisine! Since 2002, this restaurant has been frequented by local residents of the area. What began as a coffee shop has become a main stop for those heading North or South, looking for some good, comfort food to warm the soul. Ha'Katzeh has a pleasant atmosphere, and is welcoming to all!
Asnat is a bi-lingual tour guide who guides both in English and Dutch. She has an extensive background in Christian and Jewish history and a lot of experience guiding not only individuals and VIP tours but also larger groups. Her professional background includes working with the Hadassa Medical Institute as one of their top guides. Asnat is a top guide for VIP guests as well as guests with various disabilities. Being a top tour guide is all about providing a reach, personal experience that includes all angles of the country. If you are only an expert in ancient history or modern history you will provide your guests with a very limited experience. Connecting the dots between past and present history, between language, culture, people and places that is the real challenge of being a top guide.
If you or your family, friends, acquaintances, associates, whoever, are thinking of traveling to Israel and you would like to enjoy the services of a professional guide- I'll be happy to hear from you! Since I moved from the United States to Israel 40 years ago, I have spent a great deal of my time hiking and touring this beautiful country that is unparalleled in the richness of its history. I want to share this passion with you and show you the natural and cultural wonders of Israel. I promise you excellent service and an unforgettable experience that will be custom planned according to your particular interests and needs. A private guided tour is the best way to see Israel!
I’m a licensed tour guide who guides groups, families and individuals to all parts of this amazing land called Israel. I specialize in tours designed to bring the Tanach (Bible) and Jewish history to life. I will work with you or your organization to tailor an itinerary to your needs. A tour guide can make or break your experience when visiting Israel. If you are planning a group tour through a tour provider, ask for me by name! You will know that you are getting a guide who is passionate about this land and will go the extra mile to make every member of your group happy. Groups: I work with you and your tour provider to build the ideal itinerary to meet your needs. When speaking to your tour provider, ask for me by name, that way I can be involved in the planning stages of your itinerary. Often tour providers want to impress you with how many sites they can squeeze into a short trip. I will work with you and your provider to create a realistic itinerary that will allow your group to truly enjoy their visit to the Holy Land. Families and Individuals: I will work with you to create an itinerary that will make your whole family happy. I will help you find the best options for lodging whether it be a hotel or bed and breakfast (Tzimmer) and I will help you find restaurants that cater to your price level and any special needs like Kashrut. When you take me as a guide for your family, you will rent and drive your own vehicle and I will guide you. This saves you a lot of money. Guides who drive their own vehicle charge significantly more because they are doing two jobs at the same time, tour guide and taxi driver. SOME FACTS ABOUT ME I am originally from Los Angeles, CA so I’m a native English speaker. I am a husband and father of 9. We made Aliyah to Israel in 2007. I am a Chabad Chassid. I studied in Yeshivahs in Los Angeles, NY and Israel. I’m a certified Torah scribe and I’ve completed writing 14 Torah scrolls. I currently live in Be’er Sheva. Besides guiding tours I love hiking, reading, teaching and posting photos to Instagram.
Dating back to 1949, the Negev Hotel has been part of Be'er Sheva's old city from the very beginning of Israel's establishment. Ever since, it has hosted thousands of well-known visitors from Israel and around the world coming to admire the biblical beauty of the famous Negev Desert. At 2019 it was purchased and completely refurbished by the Ohayon Group and since 2020 it is operated and managed by Domus Exceptional Hospitality that focuses on high-end accommodation for tourist and business travelers in southern Israel. To date, this historical landmark - the Negev Hotel - is officially the Oldest and Newest Hotel in Be'er Sheva
Le Riad hotel is located in a 110-year-old building in the Old City of Be'er Sheva. The building has undergone several transformations since it was purchased by Mimi Osedon and became the vacation home it is today. Mimi, who was born in Morocco and immigrated with her family at the age of six months, grew up in Be'er Sheva, moved to Tel Aviv after the army and established a successful beaded jewelry and leather clothing business. After getting married, giving birth to her daughter, and living abroad in South Africa and Kenya, Mimi returned to Be'er Sheva. When she first returned, she opened a bridal dress shop, which burned down in a fire. Because Mimi had always dreamed of openeing an authentic and refied Moroccan accommodation, she took this tragety and an oppotunity to fulfull that dream. With the help of her daughter, she began renovating the burned-out building, turning it into the guesthouse it is today. They decided to flow with the natural features of the building, which has an area of 200 square meters and is built around an inner courtyard with an area of 64 square meters, like the inner courtyard (Riyadh) that characterizes traditional Moroccan construction. All rooms revolve around an inner courtyard including the windows that face inwards, this creates intimacy for the host. The authentic riad includes an inner courtyard with a garden and a source of running water in the form of a fountain, a spring, a waterfall, a pool, and more. Their plan was to travel to Morocco and other destinations and gather everything needed to turn the ancient structure into an authentic fine accommodation. Everything from the Moroccan bismuth tiles overing the yard to the luxurious sofas and carpets are authentic and improted from from Morocco! You will find nothing but luxury and authenticity while staying at hote Anilevich!
Hotel Anilevich Mansion offers 7 spacious rooms and suites with views of a tropical patio, a spacious spa area, an outdoor Jacuzzi bath, treatment rooms and sunbathing and relaxation areas offering an open invitation to indulge. At the boutique hotel “Anielewicz Estate” you can enjoy a variety of spa treatments provided by a professional team of therapists. Situated in the historical district of Be'er Sheva, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Negev Museum of Art, Carasso Science Park, and British WWI Military Cemetery.