Kfar Vradim (Henbrew: כְּפַר וְרָדִים) is a town (local council) in northern Israel, with a population of 5800 (2008). It is situated just south of Ma'alot-Tarshiha and about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) south of the border with Lebanon. Kfar Vradim is close to major cities like Nahariya (20 kilometers) and Karmiel (16 kilometers). Kfar Vradim was established in September 1984. Its founder, Stef Wertheimer, sought to create an industrial town with in the midst of nature.
Kfar Vradim started as a town with 50-100 families, and at first had no electricity and running water. The first families to move were mostly workers at ISCAR Metalworking a successful factory owned by Stef Wertheimer specialising in metal blades and high performance cutting tools. Initially, Kfar Vradim received no support or recognition from the Israeli government, which didn't consider it to be a valid town, resulting in a financial crisis. Eventually, it was recognised and began receiving support.
Peak temperatures in Kfar Vradim in summer typically reach about 38°C, while its January and February temperatures can drop to as low as -2°C. Average temperatures range from 10 to 15 C in the winter to 28 to 32 C in summer. It is usually relatively dry and has a Mediterranean climate.
Recently, the government spoke of creating a unified municipality of Ma'alot and Kfar Vradim.
Kfar Vradim is neighboured by Ma'alot-Tarshiha and Yanuh-Jat, and is connected to the main roads in Northern Israel by Road 854. Road 8721 runs through the town, connecting it to Yanuh-Jat. Buses leave Kfar Vradim daily (except Saturday) to Ma'alot (Lines 82, 12), Karmiel (line 12) and Nahariya (line 43).
Kfar Vradim is home to an primary school (Keshet school) and a secondary school (Amirim Junior High). In addition, there are several nurseries in the town.
- Kfar Vradim website (Hebrew)
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