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Kishorit relies on the goodwill of friends around the world to help us provide the highest possible quality of life for people with special needs.
Kishorit is a registered, tax exempt organization in Israel, Canada and the U.K.
American Friends of Kishorit is a registered 501c3. 

To make your tax-deductible donation in Israel via bank transfer from an Israeli Account:
Bank Discount details:
Name of Bank: Israel Discount Bank Ltd.
Bank code: 11
Name of branch: Nahariya Branch Swift Idblilit
Branch code: 50970
account #: 711411
 
To donate directly to kishorit by check,  please make check payable to “Kishorit” and mail it to us at D.N. Bikat Beit Hakerem, 2012300.
To donate directly to kishorit via a secure paypal account, please click on the Israeli flag

   
 (not deductible for U.S. or U.K. tax purposes)
  In addition, you may transfer your gift from abroad via our “Friends of Kishorit” organizations in America, Canada, Australia and the U.K. with the flags bottons above
  
 
 


or send a check payable to the "American Friends of Kishorit" to P.O. Box 370362, West Hartford, CT 06137-0362 

For more information about how to make a tax deductible donation in Australia, please contact the Secretary of the Australian Friends of Kishorit, Rozanne Green, at RozanneGreen@gmail.com

  or send a check payable to British Friends of Kishorit at 13 Belsizegrove, London NW3 4UX 
 
 or send a check payable to Canadian Friends of Kishorit at 15 Robinwood Ave. Toronto, ON, M5P 1X6
 
For more information about making a tax deductible gift, please contact our development office at 972-4-9085313, 972-52-224-0722 or via email at Shira.Kishorit@gmail.com.

We are happy to send your friend or loved one a special certificate acknowledging your gift in honor or in memory of someone.

In addition, you can designate your gift for one of the projects below or for a variety of other needs. To designate your gift for a specific project, please email Shira Reifman at Shira.Kishorit@gmail.com

We are currently raising funds for a number of special projects in Kishorit. We need your help to achieve our goals:

The Goat Dairy and Cheese Factory
  Introduction
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Kishorit is an extraordinary residential community for adults with special needs, located on the grounds of Kibbutz Kishor in the Western Galilee.  The members of Kishorit, and the mainstream kibbutz members, form an inclusive community.  They live side by side, work together and share a wide range of social and leisure time activities.  Living together benefits both populations and enables the members with special needs – many of whom have lived their entire lives on the margins of society – to experience true friendships and a deep sense of belonging for the first time in their lives.  The Kishorit framework enables every member to achieve his/her full potential and to live as independently as possible while receiving the support he/she requires.
 
The World of Work
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Operating from a strengths-based perspective, the staff at Kishorit ensures that every Kishorit resident is placed in a job that is meaningful and appropriate to his/her level of functioning. To this end, we have developed several revenue generating businesses including a dog breeding kennel where champion miniature schnauzers are bred, an organic free range egg coop that sells half a million eggs annually, an organic vegetable garden, a bakery, a communications department, a winery that bottles 56,000 bottles of wine each year and exports to Europe and the United States, and a goat dairy and cheese factory.
 
The Goat Dairy
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Kishorit boasts one of the largest goat dairies in Israel.  More than 900 goats provide approximately 550,000 liters of goat milk each year.  Kishorit sells 350,000 liters of milk to T'nuva, Israel's largest dairy provider.  The remaining 200,000 liters are transferred internally to our goat cheese factory.  The cheese factory produces a wide range of hard and soft cheeses, and yoghurt for internal consumption.
 
Unfortunately, although Kishorit has perfected the art of cheese making, and there is great demand for our products outside of Kishorit, due to the size, location and technical issues in our current cheese factory, we cannot obtain the necessary permit from the Ministry of Health to sell our products.  Therefore, we must build a new cheese factory that will meet all of the Ministry's requirements, will enable us to obtain a business license, and ultimately, will allow us to increase our yield to meet demand. 
 
 
The new dairy factory will be a 220 sq.m. structure, complying with all Ministry of Health licensing requirements. It will house equipment for storing and pasteurising milk, and refrigerating and packing dairy products.  Due to the simple manufacturing process, the high demand and the relatively low up-front costs, we anticipate profits within a short time.  By selling the end product, rather than supplying milk to other cheese producers, we will significantly increase our margins.
Perhaps most importantly, the new cheese factory will create additional employment opportunities for at least 7 Kishorit members.

Projected Annual Budget
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The total cost of building a 220 square meter cheese factory is £423,300.

Line Item Cost per meter (*120 meters) Cost in ₪ Cost in £
Skeleton 3500 420,000 85,300
Finish 1200 144,000 29,200
Infrastructure (plumbing, electric, etc.) 1700 204,000 41,400
Planning and Oversight (12%)   92,160 18,700
Development 250 (*250 meters) 62,500 12,700
Fees and Levies   40,000 8,100
Miscellaneous (10%)   86,016 17,500
VAT (17%)   146,227 29,700
TOTAL   1,194,903 242,600

 Become Our Partner
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Thanks to friends around the world, Kishorit offers meaningful employment and a sense of community to individuals with a range of developmental disabilities and chronic, debilitating mental illnesses.  Your gift of $150,000 towards the new Kishorit goat dairy will enable us to provide our members with opportunities for rehabilitation, fulfillment and self-actualisation, while generating revenue for our community and helping us reach our goal of becoming a self-sustaining community.  
Donations can be accepted in Pound Sterling via the British Friends of Kishorit and can be Gift Aided within the guidelines of UK regulation.
 
               Contact
________________________________________________________________________________
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.  For more information, please contact:
Shira Reifman, Director of Development
Email: Shira.Kishorit@gmail.com
Mobile: +972-52-224-0722
Office: +972-4-908-5110
 
 

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The Kishorit Bakery

Introduction
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Kishorit is an extraordinary residential community for adults with special needs, located on the grounds of Kibbutz Kishor in the Western Galilee.  The members of Kishorit, and the mainstream kibbutz members, form an inclusive community.  They live side by side, work together and share a wide range of social and leisure time activities.  Living together benefits both populations and enables the members with special needs – many of whom have lived their entire lives on the margins of society – to experience true friendships and a deep sense of belonging for the first time in their lives.  The Kishorit framework enables every member to achieve his/her full potential and to live as independently as possible while receiving the support he/she requires.
 
The World of Work
________________________________________________________________________________
 
Operating from a strengths-based perspective, the staff at Kishorit ensures that every Kishorit resident is placed in a job that is meaningful and appropriate to his/her level of functioning. To this end, we have developed several revenue generating businesses including a dog breeding kennel where champion miniature schnauzers are bred, an organic free range egg coop that sells half a million eggs annually, an organic vegetable garden, one of the largest goat dairies in Israel, a goat cheese factory, a communications department, a winery that bottles 56,000 bottles of wine each year and exports to Europe and the United States, and a bakery that specializes in healthy baked goods.
 
The Bakery
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The Kishorit bakery produces a wide range of whole wheat, spelt, and sourdough bread, cakes, cookies, pizza. Special emphasis is placed on choosing healthy recipes and using healthy ingredients.
 
Currently, 7 Kishorit members work in the bakery daily, and provide all of the baked goods for the Kishorit kitchen.  In addition, baked goods are sold to outside customers at the Kishorit market on Thursday afternoons.
 
Unfortunately, although Kishorit has perfected the art of bread making, and there is great demand for our products outside of Kishorit, due to the size, location and ventilation issues in our current bakery, we cannot obtain the necessary permit from the Ministry of Health to sell our products outside of Kishorit.  Therefore, we must build a new, larger bakery that will meet all of the Ministry's requirements, and will enable us to obtain a business license.  Furthermore, the new bakery will enable us to employ an additional 5 members (for a total of 12 members) and offer appropriate vocational training to the members.  Ultimately, with more space and additional staff, we will be able to increase our yield to meet external demand and generate a solid revenue stream for Kishorit.
 
The new bakery will be a 120 sq.m. structure, complying with all Ministry of Health licensing requirements. It will house industrial sized baking equipment and will enable us to turn our bakery into a profitable Kishorit business.
 
Projected Annual Budget
 
The total cost of building a 120 square meter bakery is £242,600.

Line Item Cost per meter (*120 meters) Cost in ₪ Cost in £
Skeleton 3500 420,000 85,300
Finish 1200 144,000 29,200
Infrastructure (plumbing, electric, etc.) 1700 204,000 41,400
Planning and Oversight (12%)   92,160 18,700
Development 250 (*250 meters) 62,500 12,700
Fees and Levies   40,000 8,100
Miscellaneous (10%)   86,016 17,500
VAT (17%)   146,227 29,700
TOTAL   1,194,903 242,600

 
Become Our Partner
________________________________________________________________________________
Thanks to friends around the world, Kishorit offers meaningful employment and a sense of community to individuals with a range of developmental disabilities and chronic, debilitating mental illnesses.  Your gift of $150,000 towards the new Kishorit bakery will enable us to provide our members with opportunities for rehabilitation, fulfillment and self-actualisation, while generating revenue for our community and helping us reach our goal of becoming a self-sustaining community.  
Donations can be accepted in Pound Sterling via the British Friends of Kishorit and can be Gift Aided within the guidelines of UK regulation.
Contact
________________________________________________________________________________
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.  For more information, please contact:
Shira Reifman, Director of Development
Email: Shira.Kishorit@gmail.com
Mobile: +972-52-224-0722
Office: +972-4-908-5110

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Building New Residential Units in Kishorit

Kishorit’s residential quarters provide the feel of dignified, private homes rather than institutional units. These homes form the cornerstone of the Kishorit community. To stroll down the street in Kishorit is to walk in a suburban neighborhood with beautiful landscaping and friendly neighbors.
 
Kishorit aims to service its members at all stages of the adult life cycle. Members are given autonomy over their living arrangements, personal choices, and relationships. Members may choose to live alone, with a friend, or with a romantic partner.
 
Despite our growing waiting list and the desperate need for our services, Kishorit is at maximum capacity and cannot accept any new members. In order to help more families find a long-term vocational and residential solution for their adult children with special needs, we must build new residential units.  Some housing units will be geared for singles, some for couples, and others for flat-mates of the same gender.
 
The units will be 40 sq.m., including 1-2 private bedrooms, a kitchenette, a sitting area, and a private bathroom. Every unit will open onto a central garden and have access to the main path in Kishorit. Every unit will be fully wheelchair accessible and outfitted with special features including panic buttons and intercoms from which Kishorit members can call for help.
 
Kishorit does not receive any government funding for capital building. Therefore, as we strive to expand our utopian community, we must rely solely on the generosity of friends from around the world.  Each home costs $100,000 to construct. A new mini-neighborhood of ten homes costs $1,000,000 and will be named in honor of the donor or in memory of their loved one.
 
Your sponsorship of one or more residential units will provide peace of mind to aging parents who can no longer care for their adult children.

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Enhancing Security at Kishorit

 
Location
Kishorit is located in the Western Galilee, approximately 10 miles from the Lebanese border.  Kishorit’s 160 adults with special needs are joined on the Kishor mountain ridge by two other kibbutzim with a total of 85 member families.  The three communities are surrounded by more than 30,000 Muslim Arabs in the neighboring city of Dir Al-Assad and other villages.
 
Kishorit generally enjoys a friendly and peaceful relationship with its neighbors.  We allow local farmers to cut through Kishorit to reach their agricultural land.  We educate Arab teenagers with mental illnesses in our high school. Finally, we are developing Alfanara, a residential community for Arab adults with special needs.
 
Defending Kishorit
Despite these great efforts, there is still sometimes strife between our communities and we must be vigilant in order to protect our members.  Due to our close proximity to the border, Kishorit has previously been the target of Lebanese rocket fire.  The IDF has warned us that we must always be within 30 seconds of a safe room, no small task for people with anxiety and mobility issues.
 
The Challenge
To ensure the safety of our members, we must add safe rooms throughout the village, most notably in our organic garden, carpentry shop and organic goat dairy.  Our members spend many of their waking hours at work and it is imperative that they be able to reach a secure room within the required 30 seconds.
Over the past year, the organic garden has tripled in size and has become a very significant source of employment and pride for our community.  The garden is in the agricultural area of Kishorit, far from the existing safe rooms.  Similarly, the dairy is our most profitable business yet the members who work there are relatively exposed as the goat shed does not have a safe room.
 
Project Budget
We plan to construct four new bomb shelters in the Kishorit employment centers.  Two 80 sq.m. shelters with toilets, showers and kitchenettes will be erected in the organic garden, a third 100 sq.m. with facilities will be built in the carpentry workshop.  A fourth, 20 sq.m. safe room will be built in the organic dairy.
 
The cost of building a regulation steel and concrete safe room is $1800 per square meter, including infrastructure costs and an air purification system (so members do not need to wear gas masks in the event of chemical warfare.)  Although the army has delivered its security assessment, neither the IDF, nor the government will provide the necessary capital support to build the bomb shelters.  Therefore, we must turn to our friends around the world to help us keep our members safe.
 
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Emergency Fire Prevention Plan in Kishorit

Introduction
Kishorit is an extraordinary kibbutz in the Galilee for 170 adults with special needs.  Kishorit offers members a full life including employment, leisure time activities, opportunities for integration into the broader community, private, dignified living quarters, medical supervision and nursing care for senior citizens. 
 
Kishorit provides a comprehensive residential solution, vocational solution and social solution for people with disabilities.  Perhaps most importantly, Kishorit provides true friendships and a sense of belonging to people who have lived their entire lives on the margins of society.
 
A Harrowing Night
On November 25, 2016, at 11:00p.m., the management of Kishorit received a terrifying phone call.  Intense forest fires that had been raging across Israel for three days were rapidly approaching Kishorit.  Thousands of acres had already been destroyed.  Tens of thousands of people had been evacuated, including the neighboring town of Har Haluz.  The fire brigade thought that Kishorit was next.
 
We decided to let the members sleep as long as possible.  We called in staff reinforcements, hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.  We prayed that the members would face whatever challenges lay ahead with strength and serenity and that we would all remain safe and return to our homes unharmed.
 
We waited anxiously, not knowing what time would bring, until finally we were informed that the fire had been contained and we would not need to evacuate 171 adults with special needs…this time.
 
Our Urgent Need
We are thankful that the calm and quiet have returned for now, but we know that this form of eco-terrorism can rear its ugly head at any time without warning.  In order to ensure the safety of our members, Kishorit has developed a fire prevention plan that we must implement immediately. 
 
The plan entails laying a water main and installing 50 fire hydrants around the perimeter of Kishorit, as well as a sprinkler system atop the fence that surrounds the village.
 
Project Budget
The total cost for installing the fire prevention system is ₪910,400 or approximately $244,500. 
Line Item                                                                                 ₪                        $
Water Main (90mm diameter for 2400 meters * ₪160/m)    ₪384,000           $103,000
Water Main (63mm diameter for 800 meters * ₪120/m)      ₪  96,000           $  26,000
Fire Hydrants (50 hydrants * ₪3600/hydrant)                       ₪180,000           $  48,000
Sprinklers (80 units * ₪800/unit)                                           ₪  64,000           $  17,000
Central Command System                                                      ₪     5400           $     1500
Miscellaneous                                                                        ₪  50,000            $ 14,000        
Value Added Tax                                                                  ₪131,000            $  35,000
TOTAL                                                                                  ₪910,400           $244,500 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Your support for this most urgent project has the power to save the Israeli landscape, personal and communal property and most importantly, LIVES.  Please join us.

The Kishorit Nursing Facility

 Introduction
Kishorit is an extraordinary residential community for adults with special needs, located on the grounds of Kibbutz Kishor in the Western Galilee.  The members of Kishorit, and the mainstream kibbutz members, form an inclusive community.  They live side by side, work together in the kibbutz businesses, and share a wide range of social and leisure time activities.  Living together benefits both populations and enables the members with special needs – many of whom have lived their entire lives on the margins of society – to experience true friendships and a deep sense of belonging for the first time in their lives
 
Kishorit is a "home for life."  Once a member joins the community, (s)he is guaranteed housing and services till the end of his/her life.  This gives incredible peace of mind to aging parents who can no longer care for their adult children.  In order to fulfill this commitment, Kishorithas developed a continuum of residential, vocational and social services, designed to meet a person's needs throughout his life as a young adult, in middle age, and as an older person.This framework enables every member to achieve his/her full potential and to live as independently as possible, while receiving the support he/she requires at every stage of the life cycle.
 
Kishorit'sSpecial Care Facility
Kishorit must meet the needs of all its members as they age.  Rather than place Kishorit members in nursing homes outside of the community, the community continues to care for them within its loving embrace.  More than a decade ago, Kishorit built a small nursing home on the premises to provide 24-hour care for those members who need it.
 
The Kishorit nursing unit serves four purposes:
As members age and experience dementia or need more help, they can move into the nursing unit.
If a member has a psychiatric breakdown, (s)he can move into the nursing unit temporarily until (s)he recovers.  Treating someone within Kishorit, surrounded by friends and familiar, caring staff, allows for a faster recovery and a smoother transition back into the community.
Members who experience physical diseases, such as cancer, can move into the nursing unit while they are receiving treatment.  Once recovered, they can return to their own apartments.
Lower functioning members who have higher level needs can live in the nursing unit permanently. 
Our UrgentNeed
As the Kishorit population ages, more members need round-the-clock care.  The current facility has 13 rooms and is at full capacity.  We must urgently increase the size of the nursing home by adding 5 rooms (4 singles, 1 double for a couple) to the ground floor.  The new facility will accommodate a total of 19 members.
 
Project Budget
The total cost of the 215 square meter expansion is₪ 2,549,028or approximately $706,102.  This includes all planning, infrastructure, construction, permits and fees, as well as the addition of a 40 square meter, on-site, reinforced bomb shelter.
 

Line Item Total Total $ (USD) Total £
Skeleton 645,000 178,670 130,400
Finish 602,000 166,759 121,600
Infrastructure (plumbing/electric) 473,000 131,025 95,550
Planning and Oversight 206,400 57,175 41,700
VAT 327,488 90,717 66,150
Miscellaneous 192,640 53,363 39,000
Fees and Levies 40,000 11,080 8100
Development 62,500 17,313 12,650
TOTAL 2,549,028 706,102 515,150

 
 
Become Our Partner
Your gift to this important project will help Kishorit continue to provide the highest quality of care to its aging and most vulnerable members.  The balance of the funds required will be raised from the Israeli government and other private donors.
 
Donations can be accepted in USD via the American Friends of Kishorit, and in CAD via the Canadian Friends of Kishorit.  Gifts made in the US and Canada are fully tax deductible according to the each country's tax laws.  Donations can be accepted in Pounds Sterling via the British Friends of Kishorit and can be Gift Aided within the guidelines of UK regulation.  Donations can be accepted in AUD and receipts issued via our partner organization, the Jewish National Fund. 
 
 
Contact
Thank you for your time and consideration!
 
For more information, please contact:
Shira Reifman, Director of Development
Email: Shira.Kishorit@gmail.com
 

Residential Services for an Aging Population

 
Introduction
Kishorit is an extraordinary kibbutz in the Galilee for 170 adults with special needs.  Kishorit offers members a full life including employment, leisure time activities, opportunities for integration into the broader community, private, dignified living quarters, medical supervision and nursing care for senior citizens. 
 
Kishorit provides a comprehensive residential solution, vocational solution and social solution for people with disabilities.  Perhaps most importantly, Kishorit provides true friendships and a sense of belonging to people who have lived their entire lives on the margins of society.
 
Residential Services
Kishorit offers members the opportunity to live independently in supported apartments in the nearby city of Karmiel or on the kibbutz grounds.  Within the kibbutz, members can live alone in a studio apartment, with a flat-mate in a 2 bedroom apartment, or as part of a romantic couple.  Members who require round-the-clock care can live in the 24-hour nursing unit built on the kibbutz premises.
 
Kishorit’s residential quarters provide the feel of dignified, private homes rather than institutional units.  These homes form the cornerstone of the Kishorit community. To stroll down the street in Kishorit is to walk in a suburban neighborhood, with beautiful landscaping and friendly neighbors. 
 
Our Urgent Need
Kishorit is a "home for life."  Once a member joins the community, (s)he is guaranteed housing and services till the end of his/her life.  This gives incredible peace of mind to aging parents who can no longer care for their adult children, and it means that Kishorit must be continuously attentive to the changing needs of its members at every stage of the life cycle. 
 
As the Kishorit population ages, we must now renovate 20 of the original kibbutz apartments to suit our members' needs.  This includes enlarging showers to accommodate chairs and installing higher "comfort" level toilets that are easier to use, as well us updating the plumbing and electrical infrastructure that hasn't been improved for decades.
 
Project Budget
The total cost of renovating 20 of the original Kibbutz apartments is ₪1,000,000.  Your gift to this important project will help Kishorit continue to provide the highest quality of care to its aging and most vulnerable members.  Thank you for your consideration.