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 2019 it had a population of 346.[1]

Kfar Gidon
כְּפַר גִּדְעוֹן
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Etymology: Gideon Village
Kfar Gidon is located in Jezreel Valley region of 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
CouncilJezreel Valley
Founded byTransylvanian immigrants


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 (Haredi) and Talmei Gidon (traditional/secular). However, as a result of reforms in the regional council, the village returned to having one administration.

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  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]