Woodcrest Community • Rifton, NY

Contact Information

2032 Route 213
Rifton, NY 12471
United States
Tel: 845-658-7700
Email:  woodcrest@bruderhof.com

Population: 320
Established: 1954

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About Us:
Woodcrest is the oldest Bruderhof community in the United States. We are similar to other large settlements in that we are made up of a lively mix of families and singles, young and old. Bruderhof children attend our elementary school, and adults work within the settlement.


Easily accessible from Interstate 87, Woodcrest is located about ninety miles north of New York City in the bucolic Hudson Valley. We enjoy stunning views of the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. On our Ulster County acreage we have apartment buildings and other common buildings, including an elementary school, laundry facility, medical clinic, dining hall, and administrative offices. A workshop for the Rifton Equipment business is located here. And down the road you’ll find our mostly organic farm, which provides the majority of Woodcrest’s produce.

Connecting with Neighbors:
We regularly welcome friends and neighbors for communal dinner on Saturday evenings, and we host seasonal, public events throughout the year, such as a summer barbecue and carol singing around Christmas. During the summer, children from the local Boys and Girls Club come to enjoy gardening and outdoor games. In conjunction with local towns or nonprofits, you might find us repairing a bridge, building a playground, or replacing a roof. Woodcrest is also blessed to be located near the eight-thousand-acre Mohonk Preserve, a true New York jewel; we help maintain trails and participate in mountain bike safety patrols on weekends.

Point of Interest:
Over the years, our elementary students have built a straw-bale house to experiment with alternative building methods and sustainability.

Woodcrest Events

Saturday Dinner

Nov 28 Dinner

Join us for Dinner every Saturday at 6:30. Please RSVP!

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Christmas Carols

Dec 12 Carol Sing

All are welcome to join us for our Christmas Carol Sing!

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Christmas Carols

Dec 19 Carol Sing

All are welcome to join us for our Christmas Carol Sing!

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Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

The Bruderhof has an open-door policy. No matter who you are, we are delighted to meet and spend time with you. All Bruderhof communities host both drop-in and overnight guests every week. Some visits are purely social; others are deep explorations of faith and possible membership. Some visits involve ice cream and horse-cart rides; others revolve around spiritual conversations and guidance. Whatever your visit will be, we look forward to getting to know you! 

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Voices Blog

The ceremony for the dedication of the pavilion

Remembering Margrit Zimmerman


The Town of New Paltz recently dedicated a new park pavilion to the memory of Woodcrest resident Margrit Zimmerman, the 45-year-old mother of five who died in March 2015 after a prolonged bout with cancer, and to Kyle Brewer, a local high student...

Paul and Laurel Arnold walking together in their later years

Laurel Arnold

In 1960, Laurel and Paul inherited land in Gardiner, and made plans to build a home. But they decided to first take their children to the Bruderhof for a longer visit, to discern if that was where their real calling lay. They never left. In Laurel’s...

The author with Kim Hyun-Sik greeting high school students after Kim Hyun-Sik has told them his story

One Korea, In God’s Time

It is not often that I have stood in the presence of a fellow human who has been washed over by a life of deep suffering and who, because of his wounds, faces life with clear eyes, and irradiates his fellow human beings with love. It is rare, too...