Shadmot Mechola is located in the northern Jordan Valley, approximately 3 miles from the border of Jordan. The name of the town is taken from the Book of Judges, “Avel Mechola” the area where Elisha, the prophet, is known to have lived. Founded originally in 1983 as an agricultural community with just 30 families, Shadmot Mechola has grown to 125 families including native born Israelis and olim from the Diaspora.
Many of the residents are either teachers in the neighborhood schools or are involved in cultivating the town’s olive and citrus tree groves. Shadmot Mechola’s presence in the area has in the past decade encouraged small, new communities to develop in the immediate vicinity such as the community of Maskiot which was founded by a group of families that were expelled from Gaza.
The Jordan valley’s warm climate is mirrored in the communal feelings as many of the residents extend themselves to lend neighbors help and assistance whenever possible. The Yad Leah thrift shop was born of this type of approach to friends and community.Providing the immediate community and the surrounding small towns with a local affordable place to acquire clothes is just one of the ways Shadmot Mechola bands together to help each other in times of need.