Who We Are

Yad Hashmona is a Moshav shitufi (communal village), which is a type of cooperative village in Israel whose organizational principles place it between the “kibbutz” and the “Moshav” on the scale of cooperation. (A classical moshav is a village-level service cooperative that takes care of mainly agricultural services for its members, while all production and consumption activities are handled at the private level of families and households. A classical kibbutz is a village-level production cooperative, with all production, consumption, and service decisions handled collectively.)

A Moshav shitufi is an intermediate form, in which production and services are handled collectively, while consumption decisions remain the responsibility of the households. Moshav shitufi members are engaged in agriculture/industry/services in the village and also work in various professions outside the community, contributing a portion of their salary into the collective fund.

Yad-Hashmona is a registered cooperative in Israel (“Aguda Shitufit” –אגודה שיתופית in Hebrew), registered at the office of the Registrar of cooperatives societies.

Yad Hashmona foundation:

In 2002 a non profit organization, “Keren Yad-Hashmona” was established for activities that will strengthen the community and its vision in a non-business related manner.

The Biblical Garden was built on the Moshav premise, which offers Biblical tours for groups and other activities. Music lessons were offered for the children at lowered rates, and a playground for the young was built. Development of land and infrastructure so we could bring to our midst “the Home for Bible Translators” project, The “Shavuot” national conference, and other activities, including weekly studies for the kids, youth and children’s camps and more.

Our focus as an “Amuta” (foundation) is to build Yad Hashmona in a way that will enable the place to bless others, to assemble, teach and develop this growing community in the land.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes… For you and your descendants …shall make the desolate cities inhabited”.

Isaiah 54:2–3 (NKVJ)