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Program of Messianic Jewish Studies Shoshanah Campus

Every summer for the past 45 years, Ariel Ministries has welcomed people of all ages from many countries to learn and grow in Messianic discipleship program held at the Shoshanah Campus.  This beautiful facility is nestled in the scenic Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, and provides the perfect setting for our expanded eight week program of rich Bible study, fellowship, and fun.

Our program centers on grounding and growing believers through in-depth study of the Scriptures from a Messianic Jewish perspective.  You can attend the program for 1 week up to 8 weeks depending on your schedule, but you will benefit most if you can complete any or all of the 2 or 3 week modules. The time of Bible study combined with worship, fellowship, and the beautiful surroundings, makes Shoshanah 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, email shoshanahcampus@ariel.org., or go to arielshoshanahcampus.com for more information. Click buttons below to download the 2021 Brochure, Application Form, or make a deposit or payment.

For the latest information about spaces still available for the Summer 2021 program, call (518) 834-6057.

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We look forward to seeing you in the Summer of 2021!

2021 Course Curriculum:

Week 1:July 5-9

Old Testament Survey | Arnold Fruchtenbaum

This course will provide an overview of the whole Hebrew Bible showing how the poetical and prophetic books fit within the historical segments of the Old Testament. It will trace God’s special program for the Jewish people both past and future.

Ephesians | Bob Morris
Explore this book in its Messianic Jewish context, finding in it the uniqueness of Israel, the role of Gentile believers, and the contrast between Jews and Gentiles. Learn in what way all believers become partakers of Jewish spiritual blessings in the Body of the Messiah.

Week 2: July 12-16

New Testament Survey | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
In addition to the Gospels, this course will provide an overview of the whole New Covenant writings, placing the epistles into their historical and chronological settings in the Book of Acts. The course also highlights differences in the epistles written to the Body as a whole and those epistles written specifically for Messianic Jews.

First John | Bob Morris
This course gives and the History of Israel | Mottel Baleston
One of the four timein-depth exploration of the apostle John’s Jewish mind-set as he encourages his readers to continue in fellowship with the Son, navigating these vulnerable believers away from the doctrinal errors that were beginning to emerge in their congregations.

Weeks 3-4: July 19-30

Zionism and the History of Israel | Mottel Baleston
One of the four time-tested courses taught in the Program of Messianic Jewish Studies, this study demonstrates how God in faithfulness to His Word has preserved the Jewish people, such that out of the ashes of the Holocaust, the state of Israel came into being within three years following the fall of Nazi Germany. This course will also explore how the modern state of Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecies.

Bible Study Methods | Mottel Baleston
All believers understand much of the Bible in its literal normative sense. But when the Bible speaks of Israel and speaks of prophetic events, many Bible believers resort to allegorical or spiritualizing methods of interpretation, leaving Israel out of the picture except for the curses. This course will show how principles of biblical interpretation must be applied consistently to all parts of the Bible thus promoting a special role for Israel.

Weeks 3-5: July 19-August 6

The Book of Jeremiah | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
This course examines the entire book, parts in survey or summary and parts in verse-by-verse detail. Special focus is placed on the Messianic Prophecies within this book, showing how this book militates against different forms of Replacement Theology with its implications of diminishing support for Israel.

Eschatology: Doctrine of the Last Days | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
This course will cover all facets of the prophetic word of God covering topics such as the Rapture, Israel, the Tribulation, the Second Coming, the Messianic kingdom, the Eternal Order, among other prophetic issues. The course will also examine the non-literal approach to interpretation of Scripture regarding Israel and the Jewish people that is being used in the Replacement Theology movement.

Highlights of the Life of Messiah | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
This summary course on the Life of Messiah is required for all those attending the 3 week program for the first time. Based on the Ariel’s Harmony of the Gospels textbook, this class walks you chronologically 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.

Week 5: August 2-6

The Book of Galatians | Richard Hill
The Book of Galatians has become a battleground within the Messianic movement and in the larger church as well. The confusion over Law versus Grace and the place of both Jewish and Gentile believers in the Church are central to the conflict that this book addresses. This course will explore these core issues in Galatians, finding a message of Messianic freedom within it.

Week 5: August 2-6

The Spiritual Life | John Kanter
An important study to help in mastering principles of the spiritual life and spiritual warfare. The course examines the roles of the Holy Spirit, the new nature, as well as the world, the flesh and the devil in the believer’s life.

Week 6: August 9-13

The Life of Messiah | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
This is an intensive, one-week course on the Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective. This chronological study of all four gospels is based on the Ariel’s Harmony of the Gospels textbook. This course will give you a deeper understanding of the words and deeds of the Messiah by looking at the context of the Jewish theology, customs, and perspectives in which he ministered.

Week 7: August 16-20

The Doctrine of Humanity | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
This new course for the Program of Messianic Jewish Studies investigates from a Messianic Jewish perspective God’s plan for humanity: from creation to the fall into sin, to redemption, to the final state of mankind in glorification. With this study you will come to a better understanding of your place and purpose in this present time of history.

The Jewish People in the Book of Romans | Mottel Baleston
The Book of Romans is an overview of New Testament biblical doctrine. Yet so many ignore a core teaching that keeps appearing in the book: the continuing place of the Jewish people in the plan of God. Embracing this truth opens up greater Bible understanding.

Week 8 August 23-27

The Doctrine of Sin | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
In this new course for the Program of Messianic Jewish Studies, you will discover the Messianic Jewish understanding of the origin of evil and of sin and well as investigate the theological controversy known as “original sin.” You will learn to distinguish Biblically the sin nature from personal sin and how practically to deal with both. This course will give special attention to the real meaning of “the unpardonable sin.”

Post Mosaic Jewish Holy Days | Mottel Baleston
Christians are growing in their appreciation of the Holy Days given by God. In addition to those in Leviticus 23, there are others that figure prominently in Biblical and Jewish history: Hanukkah, Purim, Tisha B'Av and others. We will explore these Holy Days in the context of New Testament Grace, and demonstrate the items used in their celebration.

Participants not staying for Labor Day Weekend classes have until noon on Friday to leave.

Labor Day Weekend: September 3 - 6

Begins with Shabbat meal on Friday of Labor Day Weekend through lunch on Monday
Topics include:
  • Modern State of Israel in Bible Prophecy | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
    How does the establishing of the modern state of Israel in 1948 fit in with prophecies of the Bible? Where is the balance between seeing “no fulfillment” and seeing “too much fulfillment” in the events surrounding modern day Israel.
  • Israel in the Tribulation | Arnold Fruchtenbaum
    Learn more of God’s vital role for the Jewish people in the tumultuous times leading up to Messiah’s second coming.
  • Jews, Gentiles, and the Church | Mottel Baleston
    Are the Jews of today the same as in Bible times? Why does it matter? Do Christians become “Spiritual Jews”? What is my identity? What can the Church learn and use from it’s Jewish roots?



Over the years, our Messianic Jewish Studies Program has been growing. We now offer an eight-week program of courses on various Bible topics aall taught from a Messianic Jewish Perspective. The Program divided into 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, followed again by a two week curriculum.  A special Labor Day Weekend course has been added as well.

You may attend for one week up to eight weeks depending on your schedule, but we encourage you to attend all eight weeks of the Program if your schedule allows.

Program Breakdown

How the Program Works

Classes begin on Monday morning and end on Friday evening. During the first two weeks, the teaching sessions run four hours per day, but during the three week and one week modules that follow, classes will run for five hours a day.  For the final two weeks of the Program, classes revert to four hours a day.  Most classes are one hour in length, but in the the three week module the course "Highlights of the Life of Messiah" is required for all first-time attendees, and the classes are 75 minutes in length.  

The schedule is designed to maximize the teaching time during the day, yet provide ample time for fun, fellowship, and relaxation. Thus, each afternoon is open time to enjoy fellowship, hiking, recreation at Trout Pond, other local attractions, or to take time with the Lord in personal study and prayer.

Each week comes to a fitting climax in a special Shabbat dinner and teaching service. Saturday is a free day for those continuing in their studies the following week, or departure day for those not continuing. On Sunday mornings, there is a time to gather for worship led by Ariel staff members and students. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it and share your talent on Wednesday evening “fun and talent” night or by assisting those who lead the worship times. Also, impromptu music always makes the Saturday and Sunday evening lakeside cookouts to be very special occasions indeed.

Children and Youth Program (up to age 17):

While the adults are attending the teaching sessions, the children and youth are also learning and being discipled by carefully selected committed staff using age appropriate settings and activities. Topics mirror the adult program topics.


Accommodations include cabins for married couples and families, separate rooms for couples, shared rooms for singles, as well as campgrounds for tents, campers, or RV's. 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 on Campus:

Meals in the Dining Hall include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please plan to arrive after 2 pm on Saturday so that your first meal will be the evening cookout.  Please Note: Attendees are not permitted to prepare their own meals or to use the kitchen facilities.  Also, food is not allowed in the accommodations.

A refrigerator is provided in the dining hall for those attendees who have special needs. Ask at the Office how item must be stored and labelled. 

Tyndale Seminary Course Credit

You can receive academic credit towards a seminary degree at Tyndale Seminary. Tyndale Seminary is offering three hours of graduate or undergraduate course credits for every 10-12 hours of study completed in our Program of Messianic Jewish studies at the Shoshanah Campus  

A Scholarship Pays Eternal DividendsFor information on how to obtain credits, please contact Josh Bailey at (800) 886-1415, or email administration@tyndale.edu, or write to Registrar, Tyndale Seminary, 701 West Pipeline, Hurst, TX 76053.

Camp Scholarship Fund

Why not assist a pastor, church leader or missionary in their learning and training? You can donate to the camp scholarship fund and help deserving people who would otherwise be unable to attend. 

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 donate for deserving leaders to attend or to set up a sponsorship for whoever you would like to especially bless in Messiah Yeshua.

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