Kfar Vitkin
כְּפַר וִיתְקִין
كفار فيتكين
Kfar Vitkin is located in Central Israel
Kfar Vitkin
Kfar Vitkin
Kfar Vitkin is located in Israel
Kfar Vitkin
Kfar Vitkin
Coordinates: 32°22′54″N 34°52′37″E / 32.38167°N 34.87694°E / 32.38167; 34.87694Coordinates: 32°22′54″N 34°52′37″E / 32.38167°N 34.87694°E / 32.38167; 34.87694
Country Israel
CouncilHefer Valley
AffiliationMoshavim Movement
First house of Kfar Vitkin
First house of Kfar Vitkin

Kfar Vitkin (Hebrew: כְּפַר וִיתְקִין, lit. Vitkin Village) is a moshav in central Israel. Located near Netanya, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hefer Valley Regional Council and was the first Jewish settlement in the valley. In 2019 it had a population of 1,973.[1]


The community was established in 1930 by a group of twenty people, and was initially based in an old stone house. The moshav was moved to its final destination in 1933 when the founders moved into new buildings, and was named after Yosef Vitkin, an educator and leader of the Labour movement. The original house became known as "Beit HaRishonim" (House of the First). In 1948, the moshav had a population of 700 Jews.[2] The moshav has 150 farmsteads.

On 20 April 1948 the Irgun gun-running boat, Altalena, began unloading its cargo at Kfar Vitkin. 940 passengers, 2,000 rifles, 2,000,000 rounds, 3,000 shells & 200 Bren guns were brought ashore before the newly formed Israeli army intervened. In the following confrontation two soldiers and six Irgun fighters were killed.[3]

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ Jardine, R.F.; McArthur Davies, B.A. (1948). A Gazetteer of the Place Names which appear in the small-scale Maps of Palestine and Trans-Jordan. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine. p. 49. OCLC 610327173.
  3. ^ Dayan, Moshe (1976) Moshe Dayan. Story of my Life. William Morrow. ISBN 0-688-03076-9 pp 95/96
  4. ^ Israeli nabs BAFTA award for ‘Gravity’ sound Times of Israel, 17 February 2004