Kibbutz “Shoshana” (Rose)

Rishon Le Ziyon, Israel

  • Last updated: February 2, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 14, 2016

Mission Statement

We act to create a more just Israeli society, and to minimize social-economical gaps, acts of racism, violence and sexism, and live by values of equality and cooperation. We are an Educator’s Kibbutz, meaning that our main focus and mission is achieving social change through education. Most members study education and work with youth and children in different educational frameworks.

Community Description

We are an “Urban Kibbutz”, i.e. a Socialist intentional community that lives in urban center and have a shared economy, mutual goals and missions, community life and events, etc.
Our Kibbutz numbers 40+ members from ages 25-27, and is located at the central city Rishon Le Ziyon in Israel. We live in the same neighborhood in roughly 10 different apartments that we rent. We have a fully shared economy (all income goes to the same bank account) and we manage our expenses together through conversations and consensus.
We are part of a larger movement called “Kvutzot Habhira” (“The Choosing Groups”), which is a movement of alumni of the socialist youth movement “Hamahanot Haolim”.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2014
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Contact Name: Oz Penner
  • Mailing Address:
    10 Mordechai Popel st.
    Rishon Le Ziyon,
  • Location


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Other


  • Adult Members: 43
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Just give us a call/email!
    We would love to meet people from different intentional communities all over the globe. We hold a shared meal on Friday evenings, so that’s a good time to visit and meet many people from the Kibbutz, since at mid-week people are working.
    We might even have a place to spend the night, but that’s not guaranteed.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Our leadership changes all the time and is anarchically determined by the good will of the members who are willing to undertake leadership roles. It is important to stress that our leadership does not usually make decisions by itself, but rather are responsible for the processes in which decisions are made (what conversations are needed to be made in order to make the decision? Who should be in those conversations? What are our options and how do we make the decision together? etc.)


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Our economy is completely shared – all of our income from work goes to our shared bank account, and we pay our living expenses from it. Members get a monthly allowance for food and leisure, and most other expenses are paid directly from the shared bank account.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Vehicle Share, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We also have our own homemade beer brewery! It’s non-commercial, though, and is intended for self consumption only.

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Fair Housing Laws

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Hamahanot Haolim, Urban Kibbutz, Education, Socialism