Kfar Yona: Our Sister "Matnas"



About Kfar Yona:

  • Established in 1932 on lands purchased in 1928
  • A 12,000 acre town in the central district of Israel
  • Located just 7 kilometers east of the city of Netanya
  • Named for the president of the Belgian Zionist Movement Jean (Yona) Fisher who immigrated to Israel in 1927
    (Yona Fisher’s younger brother Joshua and his son Maurice founded Kfar Yona in his memory)
  • Current population is estimated at just over 19,000

Our Partnership:

Our partnership with the Matnas (JCC) of Kfar Yona was established in 2008 as a way for our community to develop personal connections to the Land of Israel and its people. Our board and staff members have visited Kfar Yona through the numerous delegations sent to Israel over the past 6 years. These trips and experiences have helped solidify our partnership and continue our efforts to go from strength to strength.

In 2011, forty of our JCC teens traveled to Israel to compete in the Maccabi Games and were hosted in the homes of Kfar Yona families. In 2013, when the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest were hosted here in Orange County, Kfar Yona brought thirty teen athletes, artists and chaperones to join Team OC for this historical community event.

Current Partnership News

In October 2014, the JCC Cares visited Kfar Yona as part of their mission to Israel. Part of their visit included a joint community service project with members of the Kfar Yona community.  

Recently, we extended our partnership globally to include Mexico City, launching the JCC Global Teen Fellows. As part of this exciting new program, teens and adult chaperones from the Merage JCC and the JCC or "matnas" in Kfar Yona will travel to Mexico City in June 2015 to celebrate the inaugural partnership between the three cities.



  1. Municipality website: (in Hebrew)
  2. Kfar Yona JCC website: (in Hebrew)
  3. Map: