Program of Messianic Jewish Studies
Every summer for the past 44 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 expanded six-week program of rich Bible study, fellowship, and fun.
It is beneficial for the student to complete the entire 2 or 3 week programs, if possible. 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 Camp 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 or click the Learn More button below for the Camp Brochure and Application.Learn More
2019 Course Curriculum:
Week 1 - July 8-12
The book of Joshua | Dr. 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 Israel’s early days in the land.
Week 2 - July 15-19
Judges and Ruth | Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum
These two history books are set in the time when Israel was in the Land but not yeat 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.
Weeks 1-2 - July 8-19
The Book of Deuteronomy | Bob Morris
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.
Weeks 3-4 - July 22 – August 2
The Book of Proverbs | Steve Shermett
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.
Weeks 3-5 - July 22 – August 9
Jewish History | Mottel 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.
Highlights of Isaiah | Dr. 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.
The Feasts of Israel | John Kanter
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.
Week 5 - August 5-9
The Spiritual Life | Gary Dereshinsky
A study of the principles of the spiritual life and spiritual warfare, together with the role of the Holy Spirit, the new nature, the word, the flesh, and the devil.
Week 6 - August 12-16
The Life of Messiah | Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum
This is a 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.
Week 7 - August 19-23
Personal Eschatology | Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum
Study of Immortality, the Place of the Dead, and the Future of the Soul.
Weeks 7-8 - August 19-29
Introduction to Judaism | Mottel Baleston
Modern Rabbinical Judaism, it's practices, beliefs, culture & divisions as well as its' differences with Messianic Judaism & Christianity. Lecture, PowerPoint and physical demonstration of items used in religious practice.
Week 8 - August 26-29
The Remnant of Israel | Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum
A study of the Messianic Jewish Community tracing the history through the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, through modern history and also into Bible Prophecy.
Campers not staying for Labor Day Weekend classes have until noon on Friday to leave.
Labor Day Weekend August 30 – September 2
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.
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.