Every summer for the past 40 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. Click here for the complete 2014 brochure.

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Course Syllabus:

Week 1 (July 7 - 12)

The Book of JoshuaDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Along with Caleb, Joshua was one of two surviving members of his generation who entered the Promised Land. Preparation for assuming his leadership of the children of Israel was Moses’ responsibility. Your study of Joshua’s life and mission will be an exciting adventure of discovery about the Israel’s early days in the Land.

The Book of DeuteronomyDr. Mark Adler — Deuteronomy means “Second Law.” Following forty years in the wilderness as a consequence of Israel’s lack of belief, the children of the Exodus generation stood poised to enter the land that would become their home. Before they could cross the Jordan, Moses taught them how to observe the Law first entrusted to their parents at Mount Sinai. This will be the subject of your study.

Week 2 (July 14 - 19)

The Books of Judges and RuthDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — These two history books are set in the time when Israel was in the Land but not yet a unified nation. Although God continues to hear the cry of the children of Israel each time they fall away and face turmoil, they fall ever further into spiritual blindness because of their disobedience. Eventually, even the spiritual leaders become immune to their own glaring indifference to God’s Word. In all, God sent twelve Judges to save the children of Israel. Seven of these Judges are treated in detail as Israel goes through each cycle of apostasy, oppression, repentance, and salvation by a Judge.

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.

The Book of DeuteronomyDr. Mark Adler — Continued.

Week 3 (July 21 - 26)

Jewish HistoryMottel Baleston — This course provides a survey that begins with a look at the world of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their journey to the land God promised to give to the people of Israel. This study traces the history of the Jewish people through the nations. Emphasis is on the last 2,000 years as wandering and persecution forms their community and takes them throughout the world. Most importantly, we’ll trace the outworking of God’s covenant promises to the Jewish people as Messiah is revealed to Jew and Gentile alike.

The Book of IsaiahDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — The Lord asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Isaiah’s response launched his ministry as God’s prophet in the southern kingdom of Judah. Wearing sackcloth and walking barefoot, as a sign to Israel of her coming destruction, Isaiah’s work spanned the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. This study will help you understand the historical context of Isaiah’s life, and gain insight into the outworking of God’s plan for all humanity.

Survey of the Life of the Messiah From a Jewish PerspectiveDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Based on the book Harmony of the Gospels, this class walks you through the four Gospels. It focuses on the events in the life of Messiah from a Jewish perspective, shedding light on the Jewish theology and customs that surround our Messiah.

The Feasts of IsraelDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — At Mount Sinai, Moses instructed Israel how to observe seven annual festivals as a continual remembrance of God’s faithfulness and provision. In addition, these set appointments provided a prophetic picture of Messiah’s first and second coming. Your understanding of the Lord’s festivals, often referred to as “The Feasts of the Israel”, will enhance immeasurably your ability to share the Gospel with the Jewish people you know.

The Book of Proverbs: The Sanity of Proverbs and the Insanity of the World. How to Live a Divine Wise LifeDr. Barry Leventhal — The Book of Proverbs lays out God’s wisdom for a life that pleases Him, others, and ourselves. We will look at how to gain this life of wisdom beginning with the fear of the Lord and then seeing how this divine wisdom plays out in several key areas of our lives, such as in our relationships, in our parenting skills, in our finances, etc.

Week 4 (July 28 - August 2)

Jewish HistoryMottel Baleston —Continued.

The Book of IsaiahDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Continued.

Survey of the Life of the Messiah From a Jewish PerspectiveDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Continued.

The Feasts of IsraelDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Continued.

The Book of Proverbs Dr. Barry Leventhal —Continued.

Week 5 (August 4 - 9)

Jewish HistoryMottel Baleston —Continued.

The Book of IsaiahDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Continued.

Survey of the Life of the Messiah From a Jewish PerspectiveDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Continued.

The Feasts of IsraelDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Continued.

The Spiritual Life: Defined And Experienced In Our Relationship With The Lord, Relationship With The Body Of Messiah And The Relationship With The WorldDr. Barry Leventhal — The Spiritual Life is one of the most confusing of the believer’s life, so to clear up this confusion we will need to see what this spiritual life is in the first place, and then how it plays out in our relationship with Him, with those in His Messianic Body and with those in the world. To say it another way, is to explain the Spirit Life in terms of the old wise Puritans: The Spirit Life is a battle against the world, the flesh and the devil.

Week 6 (August 11 - 16)

The Life of the Messiah from a Jewish PerspectiveDr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Based on the book 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. This is the complete course taught in one week.


Throughout the years, our Messianic Jewish Studies Program has been growing. We now offer a two-week program and have added a sixth week program teaching various Bible topics and courses from a Messianic Jewish Perspective. 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 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 (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 are not able to take care of children under 2 years of age. You are welcome to bring your own babysitter or advise the camp to see if they can hire a sitter for you.


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:

Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please plan to arrive after 4 pm on Saturday, July 6. 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 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 Dr. Patrick Belvill at (800) 886-1415, or by email at: administration@tyndale.edu.

You may send your course completion information to Dr. Belville at: Tyndale Seminary - 701 W. Pipeline Road - Hurst, TX 76053.

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.

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