Dimona is a small town in the north-eastern Negev desert of Israel. It is currently the third-largest city in the Negev, with population of about 34,000. Dimona is mostly known for the nearby nuclear research facility, which according to various unofficial publications is the home of Israel's nuclear weapons program.
Dimona was originally populated with immigrants from North Africa. In the 60s a sect of Black Hebrews who left Chicago in search of self-fulfillment (as Christians) in the Israeli desert arrived in Dimona. Whitney Houston has relatives among them.
The most convenient way to get to Dimona is by bus from Beer Sheva.
- 1 Dimona Railway station. This station was only opened in 2005 together with the branch line from Beer Sheva. The line has some importance for freight, but in 2009, Dimona was the least busy station in the whole Israeli network in terms of passenger boardings. The station is somewhat outside town, which might also explain the relatively low passenger numbers. Israel Railways serves the town roughly three times per day and direction.
Walk. Or take one of the three local bus routes.
The Black Hebrew Israelite community lives mostly in a neighborhood in the east part of the city. These are African-Americans who immigrated to Israel several decades ago, and follow practices similar to those of Judaism. They are welcoming to outsiders, and their celebrations of holidays like Passover and Shavuot are very colorful.
Dimona is generally quite boring, where the only excitement may be the occasional wind storm. You can't even see the famous alleged nuclear site from the city itself.
|Routes through Dimona|
|Tel Aviv, Jerusalem ← Beer Sheva ←||N S||→ Eilat|