Educational Enrichment Weeks

Educational Enrichment Weeks are thematic weeks that came 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 2020, we are offering four courses: Bible Session, Discovering Judaism, Being Ecumenical, 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.

Bible Session

2020 dates: 21/9-25/9

This session examines the formation and interpretation of the Christian Bible as the unity of the Old and New Testaments. Without ignoring alternative Jewish and historical-critical readings of the texts, the session privileges the ways in which the New Testament writers found in the scriptures of ancient Israel a language, grammar, and syntax to express their experience of Jesus Christ. The session applies modern methods of literary analysis and canonical interpretation to closely read certain Gospel passages and uncover their depth when read in the light of the echoes of the Old Testament. The session consists of five daily lectures of two and a half hours in length for a total of fifteen hours. The session runs from the afternoon of Sunday, September 22nd until the morning of Saturday, September 28th.

David Neuhaus

The lectures will be given by Fr. David Neuhaus, S.J. Fr. Neuhaus was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1962. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD in Political Science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also has a degree in Theology from the Centre Sèvres in Paris and a degree in Scriptures from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Fr. Neuhaus teaches Scriptures at the the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Seminary and in the Religious Studies Department at Bethlehem University. Appointed Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics by Patriarch Fouad Twal from March 15, 2009–August 14, 2017, he was also Coordinator of pastoral care for migrant workers and asylum seekers until September 2, 2017.

Discovering Islam

2020 Dates: 12/10-16/10

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.

Being Ecumenical

2020 Dates: 26/10-30/10

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

2020 Dates: 02/11-07/11

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 opportunities to understand different kinds of Jews, including ultra-Orthodox, religious nationalists, and secular Jews.  The program includes experience of the Jewish Sabbath both in a synagogue and through meal fellowship and study.

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). Please note that you can extend your stay by booking additional nights at normal rate according to room availability.

The cost for Discovering JudaismDiscovering Islam, and Being Ecumenical Educational Enrichment Weeks (6 days/6 nights) is:

  • Single En Suite Room at Tantur & Single Room on Trip: $1,900
  • Single En Suite Room at Tantur & Double Room on Trip: $1,860
  • Single Single Room at Tantur & Single Room on Trip: $1,800
  • Single-Single at Tantur & Double Room on Trip: $1,750
  • Couple or Roommates Registering Together, Double Room at Tantur and on Trips: $1,700 each

The cost for the Bible Session is: 

  • Single En Suite Room at Tantur: $1,250
  • Single Single Room at Tantur: $1,100
  • Couple or Roommates Registering Together, Double Room at Tantur and on Trips: $1,050 each

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.