Educational Enrichment Weeks

Educational Enrichment Weeks are thematic weeks that come out of the Three Month Continuing Education Program; designed for those who have been to the Holy Land before and do not have the time for a typical Tantur Continuing Education Program. Each Educational Enrichment Week is a special opportunity to deepen your understanding in a specific area with programming that includes lectures, text studies, discussions, presentations by experts in the field, excursions and encounter with the historical and local realities, as well as food, art, and music. Each week will be accompanied by an authority in the field.  In 2018, we offered three courses: Discovering Judaism, Engaging Ecumenism, and Discovering Islam. 

We will be offering Educational Enrichment Weeks within future Three Month programs. A limited number of spaces for those either living or staying off-campus are available and enrollment costs will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Contact for further questions. 


A sample of Educational Enrichment Weeks are as follows:

Encountering Ecumenism

In this week, you will have the opportunity to encounter, question, and dialogue with Christians from across denominations. You will meet members of religious orders, priests,pastors, and local participants in ecumenical concerns. The week will include visits to local oriental churches, Patriarchates, and an extraordinary half day experience in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. You will have the chance to study current ecumenical issues facing the Christian world today. The group will synthesize the week by critically reflecting on each of the participant’s own ecumenical understanding, experience, and reality, and produce an ecumenical statement. Additionally, you will discover the diversity of prayer in Jerusalem and participate in the prayer life of the Tantur community. 

Jewish Spirituality

 Led by: Dr. Marcie Lenk & Raanan Mallek, M.Ed., Rabbinical student  

Welcome to the Holy City: a place sacred to the Jewish people for thousands of years! This program will explore spiritual, intellectual, social, and creative expressions of Judaism.  Beginning with Midrash and the idea of religious study as a form of worship, we will visit and participate in study with rabbinical students at the Schechter Rabbinical School,  Using those skills, you will learn about Jewish connection to the Holy Land, visit a synagogue and consider Jewish forms of worship and relationship with God. There will be meetings with artists and musicians, as well as opportinies to understand different kinds of Jews, inlcuding ultra-Orthodox, religous nationalists, and secular Jews.  The program includes experience of the Jewish Sabbath both in a synagogue and through meal fellowship and study.

Discovering Islam

Join us for discoveries in the depth and beauty of Islam in one of its most foundational and holy cities! During this week, you will have the opportunity to learn about Islam's history and development, encounter the Quran and prophetic traditions, approach Muslim forms of worship, and get a feel for rhythms of a Muslim pious life. You will experience the Muslim tradition through its various facets such as architecture, archaeology, science, arts, jurisprudence, philosophy, theology, and politics. You will be exposed to these facets through various media such as site visits, lectures by local Muslim scholars, films, exhibits, crafts, and foods.  For example, you will have the privilege of visiting Islam’s third holiest site, the Noble Sanctuary (Al-Haram Al-Sharif) in Jerusalem, as well as other sacred sites. Throughout the week, you will have the chance to reflect on the vitality of dialogue and the value in building relationships between Christians and Muslims within our contemporary global condition.

Costs For Educational Enrichment Programs

The quoted price includes room (single room with a shared bathroom) and full board from the evening before the program begins to the evening the day after the program ends (see dates above).

The Standard Cost for Discovering Judaism and Engaging Ecumenism  Education Enrichment Weeks is $1,600.

The Single En Suite Supplement for Discovering Judaism and Engaging Ecumenism  Education Enrichment Weeks is $175


The Standard Cost for Discovering Islam is $2,100, including the program excursion to Jordan. 

The Single En Suite Supplement for Discovering Islam is $265, including the program excursion to Jordan. 


Special Options for Educational Enrichment Weeks 2017:

"10 Days At Tantur": Educational Enrichment Week + three days room and board at Tantur before/ after an Educational Enrichment Week: $1,900

The Single En Suite Supplement is $250

"Two Weeks At Tantur": Educational Enrichment Week + another week room and board at Tantur before/ after an Educational Enrichment Week: $2,200

The Single En Suite Supplement is $350

For those who want to stay at Tantur for other amounts of time, please contact our Reservations Manager, Sandy Did’es,, for cost and availability.

For those who want to do more than one enrichment week, contact Program Director, Frederic Masson,

To apply: Applications are available through our standard application form on our website. Please sign up for the 3 Month Program 2017 and indicate in the “Additional Comments” section to which Educational Enrichment Week you are applying.