KEFAR MORDEKHAI (Heb. כְּפַר מָרְדְּכַי), moshav in the Coastal Plain of Israel, W. of Gederah, affiliated to Ha-Iḥud ha-Ḥakla'i (middle-class settlers' association), founded in 1950 by pioneers from England. It was later joined by newcomers from Australia and other English-speaking countries, and by Israeli-born settlers. Citrus groves and dairy cattle constituted its principal farming branches. Kefar Mordekhai is named after Mordecai *Eliash, Israel's first minister in Great Britain. Its population in 1968 was 230 rising to 305 in the mid-1990s and 476 in 2002.
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