Sderot is a city where many Israelis who had formerly lived in Gaza were moved to by the Israeli government following their removal from Gaza in 2005. With the city's proximity to Gaza, it is a place that in recent years has been vulnerable to rockets fired by Gaza in the ongoing conflict. The city has taken measures to protect its residents from these rockets, including reinforced buildings and safe rooms in buildings, and bus stops that double as bomb shelters.
The name "Sderot" is Hebrew for "Avenue."
The easiest way to get to and from Sderot is by rail. The rail line through Sderot, connecting Be'er Sheba and Ashkelon, serves Sderot every 30 minutes and continues directly to Tel Aviv. The station is a short walk from the town centre.
Sderot seems to have a fairly good local bus network, but it is small enough to get around on foot.
If you have access to a car it is worth going to the reservoir west of Nir Am kibbutz where you can view Gaza.
While unfortunate, the most interesting aspect of Sderot to an outsider is the visible feature of conflict with Gaza. You can observe bomb shelters in the form of bus stops, a children's playground constructed with concrete & public bomb shelters dotted throughout the town. If you are lucky enough to know a local, they might take you to the yeshiva that contains sculptural artwork constructed from remnants of qassam rockets. This is not open to tourists, so your only hope of seeing this would be to make enquiries with a local.
Humus Thel Shina. Hertsel St 51, Sderot. Friendly English speaking staff, generous portions and English menus.
There are two bars in Sderot, both recently opened and frequented by the town's student population from the nearby Sapir college. Indeed the student atmosphere is one of the best things about Sderot, and so it's well worth checking out both of these DIY pubs that are a fine example of the burgeoning pub culture in Israel. They're easy find, and centrally located, so just ask a local who would be more than happy to help you.