Every summer for the past 38 years, Ariel Ministries has welcomed students of all ages from many countries to join us for our Messianic discipleship program held at Camp Shoshanah. It is nestled in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, and provides the perfect setting for our newly expanded six week program of rich Bible study, fellowship and fun. You can attend from 1 to 6 weeks of the Program depending on your schedule. Our program centers on the grounding and growth of believers through in-depth study of the Scriptures from a Jewish perspective. The time of Bible study combined with worship, fellowship, and the beautiful surroundings, makes Shoshanah School the perfect retreat for refreshment and renewal of your faith. If you have any questions, our camp staff is ready to answer them. Call (518) 834-6057.

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Course Syllabus:

Week 1 and Week 2 (July 8 - 21)

The Book of GenesisDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — A verse by verse study through the Book of Genesis; the “book of beginnings”. This class will give students a firm foundation for future study.

Jewish EvangelismSam Nadler — This course will focus on evangelism to Jewish people on an individual level. Topics will include: Why to Witness; How to Witness; Appreciation of Jewish People and Our Approach to Jewish People.

Week Three (July 22 - 28)

Highlights of the Book of Daniel — This class is a verse by verse study through the Book of Daniel, surveying the history and uncovering the symbolism that is demonstrated in the prophecies and the visions. This class will take a look at the Times of the Gentiles and the future of Israel and of all believers.

The Holocaust: Its History and Theological Implications — This course will cover the history of the Holocaust and interpret it from a biblical perspective.

The Messianic Jewish Epistles — An exposition of the Books of Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, and Jude. The focus will be to show how these books were addressed specifically to deal with Messianic Jewish issues in the first century and how they are relevant today.

Rabbinic and Messianic Views of Messianic ProphecyDr. Jeffrey Johnson — This course focuses on first coming prophecies and presents the rabbinic view, both past and present, as well as the Messianic view.

Highlights of the Life of the MessiahDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Based on the book Harmony of the Gospels, this class walks you through the synoptic Gospels. It highlights the events in the life of the Messiah from a Jewish perspective, shedding light on the Jewish customs that surrounded our Messiah.

Week Four (July 29 - August 4)

The Book of DanielContinued.

The Holocaust: Its History and Theological ImplicationsContinued.

The Messianic Jewish EpistlesContinued.

Rabbinic and Messianic Views of Messianic ProphecyContinued.

Highlights of The Life of the MessiahContinued.

Week Five (August 5 - 11)

The Book of DanielContinued.

Spiritual LifeMichael Gabizon — A study of the principles of the spiritual life and spiritual warfare, together with the role of the Holy Spirit, the new nature, the world, the flesh, and the devil.

The Messianic Jewish EpistlesContinued.

The History of Messianic JewsMottel Baleston — This class addresses the history of Messianic Jews from the first to the 21st century. It clears up many misconceptions about our history and teaches what the modern Messianic Jewish movement can learn from history.

Highlights of The Life of the MessiahContinued.

Week Six (August 12 - 18)

The Life of the Messiah from a Jewish PerspectiveDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — complete teaching in one week more extensive than what is covered in the three week program.


Throughout the years, we have formed relationships with many believers around the world. We value their opinions and input about our summer program. In response to the suggestions of many returnees, we are now including two shorter programs. A two-week program teaching Genesis and Jewish Evangelism and a one week program teaching the Life of the Messiah. This opportunity will be available on the first, second, and sixth week. You may attend for 1 to 6 weeks, depending on your schedule. Students are encouraged to attend all six weeks of the program if their schedule allows.

The Program Breakdown

Classes begin on Monday morning and end on Friday evening. During the first two weeks, the program will run four hours per day. During the remaining four weeks, the program will run five hours per day. The structure of the program will include four classes, each an hour long per day for both two and three week programs. The three week program has a required fifth session for first-time attendees: The Highlights of the Life of Messiah, which runs for 75 minutes each day. The sixth week program will also run for five hours per day.

A youth program is provided during the adult sessions. We have designed our schedule for the maximum teaching time during the day, while allowing ample time for fun and fellowship. The afternoons and weekends allow plenty of free time for worship, fellowship, hiking and recreation at Trout Pond, as well as various other activities located nearby.

Each Friday evening we have a special Shabbat dinner. Saturday is a free day for campers who will continue their study and a departure day for those who are leaving. Sunday mornings, we gather for a time of worship led by Ariel staff members and students. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it along to share with us. Saturday and Sunday evenings are reserved for lakeside cookouts with music, dance, and fellowship.

Children and Youth (Ages 2-17):

Serious Bible education is required for our youth. While opportunities for good fun abound, first and foremost the Shoshanah facility is a Discipleship Program. During adult classes, we will conduct Bible teaching and recreation program for children ages 2-17. Topics will mirror the adult program topics. We regret that pending completion of the Dining Hall, no children under 2 can be taken care of. You are welcome to bring a babysitter for them.


Accommodations include cabins for married couples and families; separate dorms for single men and single women, and camp grounds (tent, camper, or RV). All accommodations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, giving early registrants preference regarding dates of attendance. You may also commute from one of the local motels (contact Camp Shoshanah for a list). Pets are NOT permitted.

Meals at Facility:

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please Note: Attendees are not permitted to prepare their own meals nor is food allowed in the cabins, nor use the kitchen facilities for any purpose.

Medication Storage:

A refrigerator is provided in the dining hall for those attendees who have special needs, such as insulin storage, etc. Any medicines that will be stored in the refrigerator in the Dining Hall designated “Student Fridge” MUST be put in a covered plastic box and CLEARLY labeled.

Camp Scholarship Fund

Why not sponsor a friend, pastor, or missionary? You can donate to the camp scholarship fund and help those otherwise unable, to come be with us.

Churches can give an appreciation gift by sending their pastor and family to camp for a week or more. Invest in the leadership you love. The deep Messianic scriptural understanding they gain will in turn be a blessing to the congregation and the lives of those they teach and touch. Ariel's Program of Messianic Jewish Studies is an investment that pays eternal dividends.

Call (518) 834-6057 and we'll help you get a sponsorship setup for whoever you would like to especially bless in Messiah Yeshua.

Study Hard and Grow Strong.