Kfar Zeitim

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Kfar Zeitim
כְּפַר זֵיתִים
Kfar Zeitim is located in Northeast Israel
Kfar Zeitim
Kfar Zeitim
Coordinates: 32°48′42″N 35°27′45″E / 32.81167°N 35.46250°E / 32.81167; 35.46250Coordinates: 32°48′42″N 35°27′45″E / 32.81167°N 35.46250°E / 32.81167; 35.46250
District Northern
Council Lower Galilee
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1950
Founded by Immigrants from Yemen
Population (2016)[1] 782

Kfar Zeitim (Hebrew: כְּפַר זֵיתִים‬, lit. Village of Olives) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located adjacent to Tiberias, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lower Galilee Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 782.[1]


The village was established in 1950 by Jewish immigrants from Yemen on the land of the depopulated Arab village of Hittin.[2][3] The name of the village refers to the many olive groves in the area. Although some of the founders left the village later, over the years immigrants from Kurdistan have settled in the village.


The village is home to The Kfar Zeitim Yeshiva, a Vocational High School and Youth Village for Ultra-Orthodox (Chareidi) Jewish boys with learning difficulties, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorderADHD and similar conditions. The yeshiva combines study of Talmud and other Jewish texts with vocational training[4] in Computers, Carpentry, Electricity and Agriculture and Animal husbandry.[5] Rabbinic staff and a social worker tend to the emotional and spiritual needs of the students. The Yeshiva offers high levels of personal counseling and support from professionals including an educational psychologist, and a program of regular hikes and activities in the surrounding region.[6]

Israeli business magnate, philanthropist Stef Wertheimer visiting Kfar Zeitim Yeshiva in June 2011.
Israeli business magnate, philanthropist Stef Wertheimer visiting Kfar Zeitim Yeshiva in June 2011.


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kfar Zeitim is a moshav in the Northern District of Israel". 
  3. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 523. ISBN 0-88728-224-5. 
  4. ^ "A Quiet Revolution in Israel's Haredi Society". Haaretz. 4 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kfar Zeitim Sci-Tech Torah Center". Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Yeshivat Kfar Zeitim". Nefesh B'Nefesh.