Kfar Tapuach

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Kfar Tapuach
כפר תפוח
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Official logo of Kfar Tapuach
Kfar Tapuach Logo
Kfar Tapuach is located in the West Bank
Kfar Tapuach
Kfar Tapuach
Coordinates: 32°7′5″N 35°15′0″E / 32.11806°N 35.25000°E / 32.11806; 35.25000Coordinates: 32°7′5″N 35°15′0″E / 32.11806°N 35.25000°E / 32.11806; 35.25000
District Judea and Samaria Area
Region West Bank
Affiliation Jewish
Founded 1978
Founded by The Jewish Agency
Population (2009) 919
Name meaning Appleville

Kfar Tapuach (Hebrew: כְּפַר תַּפּוּחַ, lit. Apple-ville) is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, founded in 1978. It sits astride one of the major traffic junctions in the West Bank. The executive director of the village council is Yisrael Blunder. As of December 2007, it had 800 residents.[1][2] The chief rabbi is Shimon Rosenzwieg.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[3]

The town located near the archaeological site of the biblical Kfar Tapuach appears in the Bible in the Book of Joshua chapter 12[4] as one of the first 31 cities conquered by Joshua Bin-Nun and the children of Israel when they entered the land. The book of Joshua 17:8 places Tapuach the border between the territory of the sons of Joseph, the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim.[5]

Community members background[edit]

Although its population consists entirely of Jews, Kfar Tapuach is one of the more diverse Israeli settlements, with its population coming from a range of backgrounds. Founded by a core of Habbani Yemenite Jews from Bareket, Yemen, it has since absorbed Jewish immigrants from Russia and the United States, a large group of Peruvian converts to Judaism from Trujillo, Peru, and others. Between February 2004 and August 2009, over 90 new families moved to Kfar Tapuach.[6]

Public services[edit]

  • Four synagogues, two of which have three minyanim (prayer gatherings) daily and evening Torah classes; all five are fully functional on Shabbat.
  • Two Mikvaot (ritual baths), one for women and one for men.
  • A nursery school and three kindergartens with a playground.[7]
  • A qualified and experienced volunteer emergency medical and anti-terrorist team, ready and on call for whatever needs might occur.[2]

Private businesses[edit]

Private businesses include a grocery store, mechanic garage, moving company, goat farm, honey bee farm, Klaf (leather parchment) factory, and a perfume factory.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Download Attachment". Yesha.israel.googlepages.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kfar Tapuach - The Shomron Liaison Office". Yeshuv.org. 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Bitan, Hanna: 1948-1998: Fifty Years of 'Hityashvut': Atlas of Names of Settlements in Israel, Jerusalem 1999, Carta, p.34, ISBN 965-220-423-4 (Hebrew)
  5. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.266, ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)
  6. ^ "Kfar Tapuach Population Doubles in Two Years - Good News - Israel News". Israel National News. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  7. ^ "The Kfar Tapuach Playground Project". Tapuach.org. Retrieved 2010-10-21.