Every summer for the past 42 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 our summer program 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. Click here for the complete 2016 brochure.
Week 1 (July 4 - 8)
Angelology, Satanology, Demonology — Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — This course covers all three categories of created celestial beings: ANGELOLOGY: The Doctrine of the Elect Angels, SATANOLOGY: The Doctrine of Satan; DEMONOLOGY: The Doctrine of Fallen Angels. The study covers their origin, nature, ranks and power; their purpose and function in Heaven, as well as their interaction with people and events on earth; their role in the Last Days, and their final destiny.
Messiah in the Temple — Dr. Roger Liebi — God chose the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to be a holy people to Him. After He redeemed them from slavery, He chose to dwell among them. The place where He met with them was the Tabernacle that He commanded them to build in Exodus 25-30 and 35-40. This course will examine the historic Tabernacle and Temple and their unmistakable connection with the Messiah of Israel.
Week 2 (July 11 - 15)
Personal Eschatology — Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — This course is a study of Immortality, the Place of the Dead, and the Future of the Soul.
The Book of Ruth, an appendix to the Book of Judges, presents enormously touching portraits of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz. They are pictured as part of the faithful community of Messianic Jewish believers of their own time, worthy ancestors of King David and the promised King Messiah yet to be revealed.
Messiah in the Temple — Dr. Roger Liebi — Continued.
Week 3 thru 5 (July 18 - August 5)
Highlights of Ezekiel —Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — This study will lead you through the Book of Ezekiel, uncovering the symbolism that is demonstrated in the prophecies and the visions of heaven. Some parts will be summarized and others taught in detail. Special emphasis will be given to the Messianic prophecies.
The Book of Acts — Steven Ger — An exploration of Acts 1-15 from a Jewish perspective. This course will explore key events in the founding, spread, and history of the early years of the Church which is especially relevant to the Messianic Movement. Other sections such as Acts 21 will also be dealt with.
Ecclesiology: Doctrine of the Church —Mottel Baleston — A study on the universal and local church: it’s definition, leadership and how it differs from Israel. The reality of Messianic congregations will also be discussed.
Israelology: Doctrine of Israel — Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — The course deals with all that the Bible teaches about Israel. It speaks to the theology of Israel, past present, and future, and corrects the beliefs that tend to confuse the identities of both Israel and the Church.
Highlights of the Life of Messiah —Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Based on the book The Harmony of the Gospels, this class walks you through the four Gospels. It focuses on the events in the life of the Messiah from a Jewish perspective, shedding light on the Jewish theology and customs that surround our Messiah.
Design for Discipleship —Mottel Baleston — Salvation requires a simple act of faith. Discipleship requires a total commitment. This course will teach you how to become a committed disciple of the Messiah.
Week 6 (August 8 - 12)
The Life of the Messiah from a Jewish Perspective — Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — This is the complete course taught in one week. Based on the book The Harmony of the Gospels, this class is a study through all four gospels. It focuses on the events in the life of the Messiah from a Jewish perspective, shedding light on Jewish theology and customs that surround our Messiah.
Throughout the years, our Messianic Jewish Studies Program has been growing. We now offer a six-week program teaching various Bible topics and courses from a Messianic Jewish Perspective. There is a two week curriculum followed by a three week curriculum, followed by a one week course on the Life of Messiah from a Jewish Perspective.
You may attend for one to six weeks depending on your schedule. Students are encouraged to attend all six week 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 Survey of the Life of Messiah, which runs for 75 minutes each day. The sixth week program will also run for five hours a day giving a complete detailed study of Messiah’s life.
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 service and dinner. Saturday is a free day for campers who will continue their study and a departure day for those who are leaving. On 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 (up to age 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 a recreation program for children ages. Topics will mirror the adult program topics.
Accommodations include cabins for married couples and families; separate bunkhouses 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:
Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please plan to arrive after 2 pm on Saturday. The first meal for new arrivals will be the evening cookout. 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.
A refrigerator is provided in the dining hall for those attendees who have special needs. Anything that will be stored in the refrigerator in the Dining Hall designated “Student Fridge” MUST be put in a covered plastic box (obtained from the Office) and CLEARLY labeled.
Tyndale Seminary Course Credit
You can receive Bible school or seminary credit for classes taken at Shoshanah. Tyndale Seminary is offereing one hour of course credit, graduate or undergraduate for every 10-12 hours of study at our Camp Shoshanah Discipleship Program, up to three credit hours.
For information on obtaining credit, please contact Josh Bailey at (800) 886-1415, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may send your course completion information to Josh Bailey at: Tyndale Seminary - 6800 Manhattan Blvd Ste 200 - Ft. Worth, TX 76120.
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 set up for whoever you would like to especially bless in Messiah Yeshua.