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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
Number of account: 711411
 
To donate by check,  please make check payable to “Kishorit” and mail it to us at D.N. Bikat Beit Hakerem, 2012300.
 
To donate by credit card via a secure paypal account, please click here: (please note, in order for your donation to be tax deductible, it must be made through the American Friends of Kishorit and cannot be made by credit card via this paypal link.  If you are not concerned with receiving a tax deduction, please proceed here).

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In addition, you may transfer your gift from abroad via our “Friends of Kishorit” organizations in America, Canada and the UK:
AFOK The American Friends of Kishorit
BFOK The British Friends of Kishorit
CFOK The Canadian Friends of Kishorit

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 Kishorit Synagogue

 
If it's a good Beit Knesset it's a holy place and sometimes people can go there and they can feel something that they can't feel somewhere else…"
-          Shimon Franklin, Kishorit member

 
A Spiritual Community Center
Kishorit is proud to be a vibrant Jewish community in the Galilee where Jews of all denominations can feel comfortable and live meaningful lives.  The therapeutic value of community has always been a central tenet of Kishorit and the construction of a synagogue in Kishorit has strengthened and enhanced a sense of unity and belonging.
 
The synagogue in Kishorit is a gathering place for our community and enable us to meet the spiritual and religious needs of our members.  We can celebrate Jewish holidays, conduct Torah studies, and offer lessons on Jewish identity and the history of the Jewish People.  
 
A Place of Inclusion
Kibbutz Kishor, the parent organization of Kishorit, is undergoing an exciting expansion and welcoming 100 mainstream families who will live among the Kishorit members.  The synagogue offers integrated services and classes, and  provides opportunities for inclusion and inspiration for the Kishorit members and their new neighbors.
 
Project Budget
The synagogue includes a main sanctuary, classrooms, a kitchenette and a small social hall.  

, The following dedication opportunities are available and will help transform our synagogue from a vacant building into a spiritual home 
 
150 seats                                             $40,500
Holy Ark (150 x 450)                         $40,500
Central Prayer Table                           $18,000
Double Entrance Doors                      $10,000
Moveable Mechitza (8 meters)            $11,000
                       
Total:                                                  $120,000
This is a unique sponsorship opportunity and a beautiful plaque will be placed in the main sanctuary in honor of each donor or in memory of their loved one.

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Business Development in Kishorit

At Kishorit, employment is viewed as vital to rehabilitation. Work provides a daily routine and teaches critical skills such as goal-setting and teamwork. Most importantly, work provides our members with a deep sense of accomplishment and self-worth.  Some Kishorit members work outside of Kishorit while most work in one of Kishorit’s own businesses.  Kishorit’s businesses are developed with two goals in mind. First, we aim to create meaningful, fulfilling employment centers for our members. Second, we aim to generate enough profit from our businesses to become a financially sustainable community.
 
Over the next three years, we hope to absorb 15- 20 new members. To accommodate these new members, we must develop additional work placements.  To this end, we hope to create an internet department and expand our cheese factory.
 
1. Create an internet department – 3 members will work with an IT professional to update our website, write personal blogs, and learn marketable computer skills. Employing the members to update our sites will save consulting fees currently paid to an outside company. The cost of purchasing hardware and software for 3 computers is $5,000.  The cost of sponsoring a part-time IT professional for one year is $30,000.

2. Develop the cheese factory – A few years ago, Kishorit created an organic goat cheese factory. Our goal is to produce enough cheese to supply all of Kishorit’s needs and sell to the general market. We expect this to be an extremely profitable business.  The cost of purchasing equipment and expanding the factory is $1,000,000.

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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 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. 
 
Like a traditional Israeli kibbutz, Kishorit operates on the principle that everyone should “contribute to the community according to his/her abilities and take from the community according to his/her needs.”  Every member is expected to do what (s)he can for the good of the whole community and every member is employed, either in the general community or in one of Kishorit's own businesses.  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.
 
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 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. 
 
Kishorit offers members the opportunity to live in supported apartments in the nearby city of Karmiel or on the kibbutz grounds.  Within the kibbutz, members can live independently in a studio apartment, with a flat-mate in a 2 bedroom apartment, or as part of a romantic couple.  There are approximately 25 couples in Kishorit.  Members who require 24-hour care can live in the nursing home built on the kibbutz premises.
 
Kishorit's Nursing Facility
As a "home for life," Kishorit must meet the needs of all its members at every stage of the life cycle.  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 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 Urgent Need
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 now add 3 additional rooms to the facility.  We aim to do this by increasing the building by 50 meters and renovating an additional 25 meters of existing space within the building to convert the space into bedrooms.
 
Project Budget
The total cost of expanding the Kishorit nursing home is ₪480,000.  This includes all planning, infrastructure, and construction as well as permits and fees.
 
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.
 

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.
 
 

Friends of Kishorit

Kishorit is a registered, tax exempt organization in Israel, Canada and the U.K.
American Friends of Kishorit is a registered 501c3 

AFOK The American Friends of Kishorit

 BFOK The British Friends of Kishorit

 CFOK The Canadian Friends of Kishorit