Aerial view of Kfar Tapuach [Photo Credit: אבישי בדולח]
Kfar Tapuach (Apple-village) is located approximately seventeen kilometers northwest of Shiloh, in Samaria. The name of the community is taken from the nearby archaeological site of Tapuach. The name Tapuach appears in the Bible in the Book of Joshua (Joshua 12:17) as one of the first cities conquered by Joshua and the armies of Israel. The modern-day community of Kfar Tapuach was founded in 1978 by members of the Nahal (a military youth movement dating back to the founding of Israel) – in particular by group of Yemenite members, who came from the community of of Bareket. The young Israelis chose Tapuach because of its geographical location. The community of Kfar Tapuach is a sort of cross roads for Israel and is located in between the biblical city of Shechem (Nablus), Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley.
The demographics of Kfar Tapuach is widely diverse and has been very dynamic since its creation. Since the days when the founding Yemenite Jews from Bareket were the prominent demographic, the community has absorbed Jewish immigrants from Russia and the United States, a large group of Peruvian converts to Judaism from Trujillo, Peru, and others. Between February 2004 and August 2009, over 90 new families moved to Kfar Tapuach. Although the community was small for many years, there were a series of events that led to its expansion.
The first was the “Student Project”. The “Student Project” refers to the dormitories of nearby Ariel University that were built for students who met certain criteria for living there. In addition, the second generation of Tapuach residents made a decision to remain in the community after their marriage to help the community grow. As a result of the above circumstances and others over the years, the community has grown and continues to grow.
The Tapuach junction, which is located adjacent to the community and is used to get into and out of the community, recently made the news. On the afternoon of January 23rd, Israeli security personnel stopped a planned terrorist attack from being carried out at the Tapuach Junction. After spotting the suspicious looking Arab terrorists, the Border Police located at a nearby lookout post alerted soldiers stationed at the bust stop. After calling for the suspicious suspects to stop and after firing warning shots in the air, the soldiers fired at the legs of their would-be attackers, thereby neutralizing them. The police report noted that the target of the terrorists were apparently targeting the Border Guard soldiers responsible for securing the junction. Thankfully, there were no injuries to Israeli civilians or security personnel reported.
Kfar Tapuach is located within the jurisdiction of the Samaria Regional Council. In 2016, it had a population of 1071. Kfar Tapuach is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Ephraim.