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Program of Messianic Jewish Studies

Every summer since 1974, Ariel Ministries has welcomed students of all ages from many countries to join us for our Messianic discipleship program held at the Shoshanah Campus. It is nestled in the beautiful Adirondack mountains of upstate New York and provides the perfect setting for our eight-week program of rich Bible study, fellowship, and fun.

It is beneficial for the student to complete each topical program, if possible. You can attend from 1 to 8 weeks of the program, plus Labor Day Weekend, depending on your schedule. Our program centers on the grounding and growth of believers through an in-depth study of the Scriptures from a Jewish perspective. The time of Bible study combined with worship, fellowship, and the beautiful surroundings, makes the Shoshanah Campus the perfect retreat for refreshment and renewal of your faith.

If you have any questions, our campus staff are ready to answer them. 

Ariel's Messianic Jewish Studies Program AT SHOSHANAH CAMPUS

Starting out with only one week in 1974, throughout the years, our Messianic Jewish Studies Program has grown. We now offer an eight-week program, teaching various Bible topics and courses from a Messianic Jewish perspective. The curriculum is divided into course sections: 

  • 2-weeks (Weeks 1 & 2)

  • 3-weeks (Weeks 3, 4, & 5)

  • 1-week, in-depth study on The Life of Messiah (Week 6)

  • 2-weeks (Weeks 7 & 8)

  • Labor Day Weekend Conference

While you may attend any week/weeks you'd like, students are encouraged to attend a full course set, if possible. 


The Breakdown

Classes begin at 8am Monday morning and end on Friday evening. During the first two weeks, the program runs four 1-hour classes per day. Then, during weeks three through six, there are five classes per day. The 75-minute fifth class: The Survey of the Life of Messiah, is mandatory for first-time attendees. Week six consists of an in-depth study of the Messiah's life. Weeks seven and eight return to the four one-hour classes schedule.


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 attendees 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 attendees 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 & Sunday evenings are reserved for lakeside cookouts with music, dance, and fellowship. Orientation is held every Sunday evenings at 8:00pm for incoming guests.



Serious Bible education is required for our youth. While opportunities for good fun abound, first and foremost the purpose of the Shoshanah campus is as a Discipleship Program. During adult classes, we will conduct Bible teaching and a recreation program for the children. Topics will mirror the adult program.


Accommodations include en-suite rooms, family cabins and campgrounds (tent, camper, or RV). The Administration strives to accommodate individuals and families to make the most efficient use of the facilities. All accommodations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with early registrants given preference regarding accommodations and dates of attendance. You may also commute from one of the local motels (contact the Shoshanah Campus office for more information). Pets are NOT permitted.



Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are always a great time for relaxed conversation around the table, while enjoying the amazing "like home" food selections. Please plan to arrive after 2 pm on a Saturday, as the first meal for new arrivals will be the evening cookout.


PLEASE NOTE that the kitchen facilities may not be used by attendees to prepare special diet meals and NO food is allowed in any sleeping quarters. A refrigerator is provided in the dining hall for those attendees who have specific medical dietary needs. Please include this information on your application.  Anything that will be stored in the refrigerator in the Dining Hall designated “Student Fridge” MUST be put in a basket (obtained from the Office) and CLEARLY labeled. Any items stored in violation of campus policy will be disposed of, without recourse. 

Tyndale Seminary Course Credit

You can receive Bible school or seminary credit for classes taken at the Shoshanah Campus. Tyndale Seminary is offering one hour of course credit, graduate, or undergraduate for every 10-12 hours of study at our Shoshanah Campus Discipleship Program, up to three credit hours.

For information on obtaining credit, please call (800) 886-1415, or email at


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


Campus Summer program Scholarship Fund

Why not sponsor a friend, pastor, or missionary? You can donate to the scholarship fund and help those otherwise 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 will help you get a sponsorship set up for whomever you would like to especially bless in Messiah Yeshua.



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