Kfar Tikva was established in 1964 by Dr. Siegfried Hirsch (1899-1987), a German-Jewish agronomist who moved to Israel in 1930. He chose the current location for Kfar Tikva, on a hilltop overlooking the Jezreel Valley. The village was built over the ruins of an abandoned kibbutz called "Giv'at Zaid" that had been founded by South American Jews and had existed on the site between 1940 and 1958.
Dr. Hirsch decided to establish Kfar Tikva because he was dissatisfied with all the other options available at the time for his step-daughter, who was developmentally disabled. He had what was, at the time, a novel idea: To create an environment where adults with special needs can lead active, productive lives filled with opportunities for personal growth, communal camaraderie, and meaningful opportunities to integrate in the community at large. Our community has grown and evolved significantly since those early years, but we have carried Dr. Hisch’s vision forward to today, and it remains the guiding principle of the unique community that is Kfar Tikva.