Yad Hashmona is a cooperative community (in Hebrew: Moshav Shitufi), located in central Israel in the Judean Mountains near Jerusalem. It was founded in 1971 by Finnish Christian volunteers who wished to establish a Kibbutz and was later on joined by pioneering Israeli believers.
Yad Hashmona is a community of believers in Jesus, thus this cooperative was created with the purpose of being a living example of God’s love to his people and their land. The name "Yad Hashmona" means "Memorial to the Eight". The name was given by the Finnish founding members in memory of the eight Jewish refugees, who escaped in 1938 from Austria to Finland, and who were handed over by the Finns to the Nazi Gestapo in November 1942.
The community runs a hotel, convention center and banquet hall. In 2000, a biblical garden was inaugurated with the assistance of the Swiss Beth Shalom society and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The Biblical garden planted on the hillside replicates agriculture in ancient times.
Yad Hashmona counts 90 community members, 220 residents and around 20 international volunteers. Volunteers work at the Yad Hashmona Hotel in Housekeeping, Restaurant, Dish washing, Gardening or as Night guard. Yad Hashmona offers 10 volunteer trips per year, regular bible studies, gym/swimming pool discount and more. They are invited to any occasion organized by the vibrant community (Purim, Hanukah, Passover and more).
Volunteers in Yad Hashmona are accepted only after and following direct contact with the volunteer coordinator. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org