Kibbutz Harduf was founded in 1982 on a hill overlooking the Zippori stream and Ein Yivka spring in the lower Galilee, within the jurisdiction of the Yezreel Valley (Emek Yizrael) local council, by a group of young people and families, who wished to build a new Kibbutz-like community based on a new spirit inspired by Anthroposophy or Spiritual Science given by Rudolf Steiner at the beginning of the 20th century, which has since then been the source of inspiration for the renewal of a unique approach to varied educational, artistic, therapeutic, social and agricultural activity all over the world.
Over the years there developed in Harduf a varied activity in the areas of education, social therapy and rehabilitation, medicine, arts, agriculture and organic food. Harduf's current population consists of ca. 600 people, of which about 150 are people and children with special needs, who live in the four rehabilitative homes operating in the Kibbutz.
Volunteers in kibbutz Harduf usually work with people with special needs. There are several curative and rehabilitative initiatives in Harduf, among them: Kamah Association
- that presents a unique model for social change, proposes the full integration of people with special needs in a rural community, Beit Elisha curative community
- a home for life for adults with a variety of special needs, disabilities, and behavioral and social difficulties, who carry out creative, productive work every day, Beit Tuvia
therapeutic dormitory - a warm and rehabilitative home for children and youth from throughout Israel defined by the social services system as requiring out-of-home care and who were removed from their families, and Hiram
- a rehabilitative facility for people before and after a mental health crisis. Its purpose is to return the person to himself and to society according to his ability, with a view of returning to an independent life.