Kfar Tapuach

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Kfar Tapuach

כפר תפוח
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Official logo of Kfar Tapuach
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Kfar Tapuach is located in the Northern 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
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
RegionWest Bank
AffiliationHapoel HaMizrachi
Founded byThe Jewish Agency
Name meaningApple Village

Kfar Tapuach (Hebrew: כְּפַר תַּפּוּחַ, lit., Apple-village), is an Orthodox Jewish Israeli settlement in the West Bank, founded in 1978. It sits astride Tapuach Junction, one of the major traffic junctions in the West Bank. The executive director of the village council is Yisrael Blunder and the chief rabbi is Shimon Rosenzwieg. In 2018, it had a population of 1,238.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]


According to ARIJ, Kfar Tapuach was established in 1978 on land which Israel had confiscated from the Palestinian town of Yasuf.[3]


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.[citation needed] Founded by a core of Habbani Yemenite Jews from the moshav of Bareket, 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.[4]

Public services[edit]

  • Four synagogues, two of which have three minyanim (prayer gatherings) daily and evening Torah classes; all four 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.[5]
  • A qualified and experienced volunteer emergency medical and anti-terrorist team.[6]

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.[6]

Biblical Tappuah[edit]

Kfar Tapuach is located near the archaeological site of Tapuach (Tappuah or Tapuah[7]), which appears in the Bible in the Book of Joshua (Joshua 12:17) as one of the first 31 cities conquered by Joshua Bin-Nun and the children of Israel.[8]

Joshua 17:7–8 places Tapuach at the border between the territory of the two sons of Joseph, i. e., the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim:[9]

The border [of Manasseh] went along south to the inhabitants of En Tappuah. Manasseh had the [rural] land of Tappuah, but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim.


Kfar Tapuach is noted for its concentration of followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. ^ Yasuf Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 16
  4. ^ "Kfar Tapuach Population Doubles in Two Years – Good News – Israel News". Israel National News. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  5. ^ "The Kfar Tapuach Playground Project". Tapuach.org. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Kfar Tapuach – The Shomron Liaison Office". Yeshuv.org. 26 September 2010. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  7. ^ Douai-Rheims 1899 American Edition
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ "Israel's enemy within: A community on the edge". Public Radio International. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Letters to the Editor: Tapuach Terrorism – WRMEA". Washington Report on Middle East Affairs | Telling the truth for more than 35 years. Retrieved 26 January 2018.

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