Last updated: July 1, 2013 (9 months ago)
Listing created on: January 3, 2012


(Rifton, New York, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1920  Established: 1920
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 845.658.7700
  • Address:
    2032 Route 213
    Rifton, New York, 12471
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Come visit us – guests are always welcome
    Please write, call or email to make arrangements.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Community Description:

The Bruderhof is an international communal movement of families and singles who seek to put into action Christ’s command to love God and neighbor.

Like the first Christians described in Acts 2 and 4, we have been called to a way of life in which all are of one heart and soul, no one possesses anything, and everything is shared in common. We also draw instruction and inspiration from the Reformation era Anabaptists who revived the early Christian example of discipleship in full community.

Our communal movement began in 1920 in Germany when a group of Christians, seeking answers to the devastation of post-war society, founded a community based on the belief that Jesus’s words in the Gospels are a guide to daily living. Today the Bruderhof consists of over 2,600 men, women, and children living in twenty-three communal settlements of varying sizes on four continents.


  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors


Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.

Labor and Money


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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.