By Avichai Orel and Asher Intrater
For over three decades, we have been preaching and serving the vision that
"all Israel will be saved" (Romans 11:26). An essential element in
divine strategy for this national revival is Yad Hashmonah:
the Messianic community village located in the Judean Hills just outside
The moshav (small village) was registered in 1971 by a group of Bible
believing Protestant pioneers from Finland. Three years later they moved
to the site to begin building and developing the stony area. Later on,
Messianic Jews joined the Finnish founders in order to fulfill God's
vision for this place.
The approximately 150 residents currently living in Yad Hashmonah consist
of families, children, singles, volunteers and Bible students. Some of
the moshav's elderly founders, who formed the initial Finnish cell,
still live here. The volunteers, who rotate constantly, come from all over
Yad Hashmonah is the world's only Messianic kibbutz. Because it is a
community, it has the unique opportunity to become a witness to the entire
nation of Israel. Our witness as Messianic Jews must not be only in words,
but in real life. Being the "Holy Land", Israel is flooded with all kinds
of visions and visionaries. Often the practical example to go along with
the vision is missing. The opportunity for Yad Hashmonah to give a living
example of our kingdom message is unique.
Our Revive Israel ministry base is located within Yad Hashmonah. We seek
to support them and partner with them as the Lord leads.
One important project at Yad Hashmonah is a new housing development for
young Israeli Messianic families. It is extremely difficult for young
families to acquire even the most minimal housing. Having a group of
families living at Yad Hashmonah will not only provide housing, but will
also bring them together for prayer watches, children's ministry,
hosting international visitors, and more.
Another important project on the moshav is the industrial park. Because of
persecution against Messianic Jews, establishing businesses is very
difficult. Supplying an infrastructure through a Messianic-owned
industrial park will enable new business and professional enterprises to
be launched ... and succeed.
Please pray for Yad Hashmonah, as there is much spiritual warfare. To
find out more information about these projects and ways you might connect
in partnership with Yad Hashmonah, please email