ABSTRACT The model of rehabilitation through the community proposed here incorporates components of the Kibbutz Resocialization Program, within the confines of which hard core criminals have been successfully rehabilitated. The model centers around a solidaristic peer group engaged in meaningful work within a supportive milieu. It illustrates how the principles of group dynamics and social learning theories could be combined to make the work group a vehicle for change. In a first stage, offenders in groups of six would live away from their past environment in the wilderness or countryside and engage in environmental protection projects. Once they become attached to each other and acquire a sense of industry and self-respect, the offenders will move to stage two to become integrated into the community. This program also shows how laymen committed to serving their community could become agents of change while serving as the offenders' companions, adoptive parents, or as members of collaborative work teams.