Kibbutz member Yuval Rosen gathers organic free-range eggs in the morning. Eggs are sold and also served in the communal dining hall. Miriam Sushman
Shiri Lesnetski (foreground, l.) and Itzik Cohen rehearse the play ‘To Be a Man,’ about kibbutz life. The play will be performed here and at other kibbutzim throughout Israel – the first time one of the kibbutz’s productions has toured on such a scale. At far left is Kobi Erez (blue shirt) and Nir Yaron. Miriam Sushman
Joseph Elton carries a schnauzer to the drying table with help from Aiden Shiloach. Members show schnauzers in Israel and have been to Europe many times. The kennel provides day care for members’ dogs and sells dogs to the public. Miriam Sushman
Sigal Rachamim sands toy blocks in the kibbutz’s Pastel Toys workshop. The toys are sold in Israel and abroad, as well as on the Internet. Miriam Sushman
Organically grown vegetables, like these lettuces and cabbages, also are destined for the dining hall, where residents eat all their meals. Miriam Sushman
Yoni Sheftman of nearby Carmiel leads Tamira out of the stable. Kibbutz members feed and groom the horses and maintain the stables. There’s also a therapeutic riding program. Miriam Sushman
Kibbutz Kishorit is home to 150 people diagnosed with emotional or mental disabilities. Miriam Sushman
Ali Schwartz greets her friend Liran Shemer outside the dining hall before lunch. Ali is originally from Canada and works in the laundry. Eight percent of Kishorit residents are from abroad. Many speak English. Miriam Sushman
Kibbutz Kishorit volunteers and residents eat all meals in the dining hall. (L. to r.) Residents Ali Schwartz, Liran Shemer, and Masha Roth sit together at lunch. Miriam Sushman
Residents and volunteers harvest organic cauliflower to be served in the communal dining hall. Miriam Sushman
A look at a unique community in Israel, where special people learn about independence and self-worth.
ByMiriam Sushman, Contributor
All members of Kibbutz Kishorit have been diagnosed with a mental or emotional challenge; some have a physical challenge as well. But the 150 members live much as those on any other kibbutz. They go to work, eat communal meals, and enjoy activities such as yoga and acting in plays. Each has an assigned social worker. Professional staff supervise work sites: others monitor residences.