KEFAR VERADIM (Heb. כְּפַר וְרָדִים), town in northern Israel. Kefar Veradim lies on the northern slopes of Mt. Eshkar in western *Galilee, 2,100 ft. (641 m.) above sea level, 11 mi. (18 km.) east of *Nahariyyah. The municipal area extends over 1.8 sq. mi (4.7 sq. km.). The settlement was founded in 1982 on the initiative of the industrialist Steff *Wertheimer. The establishment of the settlement was part of a plan to develop the region industrially and attract new settlers by creating an attractive upscale urban setting. In 1993 Kefar Veradim received municipal council status. By the end of 2002 the population had reached 5,030 inhabitants, with a high annual growth rate of 3.1%.
[Shaked Gilboa (2nd ed.)]
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