Kfar Gidon

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Kfar Gidon
כְּפַר גִּדְעוֹן
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Kfar Gidon is located in Israel
Kfar Gidon
Kfar Gidon
Coordinates: 32°38′36.23″N 35°17′27.59″E / 32.6433972°N 35.2909972°E / 32.6433972; 35.2909972Coordinates: 32°38′36.23″N 35°17′27.59″E / 32.6433972°N 35.2909972°E / 32.6433972; 35.2909972
District Northern
Council Jezreel Valley
Founded 1923
Founded by Transylvanian immigrants
Population (2015)[1] 332
Name meaning Gideon Village

Kfar Gidon (Hebrew: כְּפַר גִּדְעוֹן‎, lit. Gideon Village) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located near Afula, it falls under the jurisdiction of Jezreel Valley Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 332.[1]


The moshav was founded in 1923 by immigrants from Transylvania who were members of Hapoel HaMizrachi, and was named after the Biblical figure of Gideon (Judges 7:1).[2] At first the settlement was supposed to be called Moshav Transylvania and it was planned by architect Richard Kauffmann.[3]

In 1956 it split in two co-operative societies; Kfar Gidon (ultra-orthodox) and Talmei Gidon (traditional/secular). However, as a result of reforms in the regional council, the village returned to having one administration.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ The Gift of the Jews Washington Post, 3 May 1998
  3. ^ Richard Kauffmann, Planning of Jewish Settlements in Palestine, Moshaw Transylvania. Reprint from "The Town Planning Review", University Press of Liverpool, vol. XII, No. 2, Nov. 1926 [1]