Who are we?
Source of Inspiration
The main inspiration source of our approach is the work of German-Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Curative Education (Anthroposophical Special Education) followed by Social Therapy (forming communities with and for adults with special needs) developed last century, first in central Europe and later on in the UK, USA and World Wide. There are over 300 communities around the world, inspired from the same source, where people of all ages, suffering from developmental disabilities, are cared for.
The initiative to establish a village was born in the early 1970s, when a group of parents of children with special needs, who had been in the Beit Eliahu institution in Be’er Sheva since 1969, began to think – encouraged by its founders and managers Ruth Mosimann- about their children’s future as they grew up. These were mainly the Jerusalem anthroposophists, headed by Hava and Michael Levy, who worked in an administrative manner to establish Beit Eliahu, together with Ruth Mosimann from Switzerland, who brought her training as a clinic educator, acquired by Fried Goiter in Ravenswood, England.
The first step was taken when three families were found, who, due to their encounter with anthroposophy and their acquaintance with Beit Eliahu, decided to prepare themselves for practical work and studies for the establishment of the village. Since the initiative was the first of its kind in Israel, their training was mainly in Switzerland and Ireland.
Operation & Financing
Kfar Rafael is a nonprofit organization run by a voluntary association. The village is funded and supervised by the Israeli Welfare Ministry. All of the villagers are admitted through the Service for the Retarded at the Welfare Ministry. The Kfar Rafael Association seeks donations for building and expansion. The major institutions that have made contributions so far include the United Israel Appeal (Keren Hayesod), the National Insurance Fund (Bituach Leumi), the Rothschild Foundation and the Joint Distribution Committee. In addition, there have been many private donations from Israel and abroad. The association is recognized by the Income Tax Service (Mas Hachnasa) as a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible. if you wish to make a donation to Kfar Rafael, please follow this link For donations…
Kfar Rafael in Numbers
The population of Kfar Rafael is comprised of 51 villagers aging from 28 to 72, 12 families with 23 children, and 30 young volunteers from Israel and abroad, about 130 people in total.
Kfar Rafael extends over an area of about 28 acres, 10 of which are designated for residences and 18 for agriculture.
In the Residential Area, 9 extended family units were constructed in 5 buildings. In addition, a central heating unit for the entire village was built, along with 5 buildings for workshops, housing the laundry, bakery, garage, carpentry, weavery, food warehouse and a cooling room. Later on a central building including a small hall, an office, a clinic and living quarters for volunteers were added. Later on 6 staff flats were built. Altogether 5,200 square meters have been built, 4,200 for residences and 1,000 for workshops and service facilities.
In the Agricultural Area of 18 acres, 10 are being intensively cultivated. The main crops are apricots, olives, avocado, figs, citrus, a vineyard and a bio-dynamic vegetable garden.
We hope to enlarge our comunity by addmiting a new family and new villagers.
Phone No.: +972 8-6462300
Fax: +972 8-6418102
Address: Kfar Rafael, P.O.B. 425, Be’er Sheva, 8410301
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