Kfar Tavor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kfar Tavor
  • כְּפַר תַּבוֹר
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 Kpar Tabor
Watchmen's Square in Kfar Tavor
Watchmen's Square in Kfar Tavor
Official logo of Kfar Tavor
Kfar Tavor is located in Israel
Kfar Tavor
Kfar Tavor
Coordinates: 32°41′13″N 35°25′15″E / 32.68694°N 35.42083°E / 32.68694; 35.42083Coordinates: 32°41′13″N 35°25′15″E / 32.68694°N 35.42083°E / 32.68694; 35.42083
Grid position 189/232 PAL
District Northern
Founded 1901
 • Type Local council (from 1949)
 • Head of Municipality Yosef Dola
 • Total 1,231 dunams (1.231 km2 or 304 acres)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 2,700

Kfar Tavor (Hebrew: כְּפַר תַּבוֹר) is a village in the Lower Galilee region of Northern Israel, at the foot of Mount Tabor. Founded in 1901, it was awarded local council status in 1949. In 2008, Kfar Tavor had a population of 2,700.


Kfar Tavor was established in 1901 by pioneers of the First Aliya under the auspices of the Jewish Colonization Association.[2] Twenty-eight farmers settled in the area with the assistance of the philanthropist Baron Edmond de Rothschild. The new settlement was originally known as Mes'cha, the name of the nearby Arab village. It was renamed in 1903 at the urging of Zionist leader Menachem Ussishkin who visited the site and was surprised to find it had no Hebrew name.[3] At first, there was some debate over whether to use the term kfar ("village"), which some residents thought would bode badly for future growth. Ussishkin responded that he had visited the German town of Düsseldorf, which had also originated as a Dorf, or village, but was now a full-fledged city. The Rothschild administration determined that the site was ideal for cultivating grapes. The vineyards of Kfar Tavor became a supplier of grapes to the country's wineries.


In the Hameyasdim neighborhood, the core of the village, there is a museum and other sites, including the HaShomer house, the first school and teacher's house (now a library) and a synagogue that was built in 1937. Another school, built in 1911, now serves as the Shenkar Tzfira Music Center. The main street of the neighborhood has houses left from the village's early days, as well as parts of the wall that surrounded it.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

Major General Yigal Allon (1948–49)


  1. ^ "Table 3 – Population of Localities Numbering Above 2,000 Residents and Other Rural Population" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  2. ^ Ben-Porat, Amir (1991). "Immigration, proletarianization, and deproletarianization A case study of the Jewish working class in Palestine, 1882–1914". Theory and Society (20): 244. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.hooha.co.il/place_english.htm


External links[edit]