Educational Enrichment Weeks

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Educational Enrichment Weeks are thematic weeks that are part of the Three Month Continuing Education Program, designed for those who may not be able to take part in the full program but wish to engage with particular subject areas. 
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.

Tantur Programs

Understanding the Bible

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 Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning. 

Islam 1

Discovering Islam

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 the rhythms of a Muslim pious life. You will encounter and experience the Muslim tradition through its various facets such as architecture, archaeology, science, arts, jurisprudence, philosophy, theology, and politics. This will be done through various site visits, lectures by local Muslim scholars, films, exhibits, crafts, and foods. 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

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, with the goal of producing 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

Welcome to the Holy City, a place sacred to 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 Schecter Rabbinical School. Using those skills, you will learn about the 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. 


Program fees include your room, all meals (including on overnight trips), all lectures and excursions, and all program related tips. There is no price reduction for missed meals, although simple packed lunches/dinners can be made in such cases.

2022 program fees

Discovering Judaism, Discovering Islam, and Being Ecumenical: 

  • Single Room  (with private bathroom) at Tantur & Single Room on Trips:  $2,019
  • Single Room  (with private bathroom) at Tantur & Shared room on Trips: $1,972 (under the condition of availability of another roommate)
  • Single Room with shared facilities (bathroom shared with adjacent and connecting room) at Tantur & Single on Trips: $1,911 (under the condition of availability of another roommate)
  • Single Room with shared facilities (bathroom shared with adjacent and connecting room)  & Shared on Trip: $1,859 (under the condition of availability of another roommate)
  • Couple or Roommates Registering Together, Double  OR  Twin  Room (with private bathroom) at Tantur and on Trips  $1,803  each

Bible Session: 

  • Single Room  (with private bathroom) at Tantur: $1,329
  • Single Room with shared facilities (bathroom shared with adjacent and connecting room) at Tantur: $1,167 (under the condition of availability of another roommate)
  • Couple or Roommates Registering Together, Double  OR  Twin  Room (with private bathroom) at Tantur and on Trips: $1,112 each

The first and the last days of this program are meant to be travel days for arrivals or departures.  If you wish to arrive earlier or depart later than these transitional days, you may do so, space permitting, for an additional per-day fee. Our Reservations Office will endeavor to keep visitors in the same room throughout their stay. If you wish to extend your stay before and/or after your program, please contact Program Director, Nizar Halloun as soon as possible after acceptance to the program. 

You will have some free time to explore the region at your own cost. Please budget for these opportunities and other personal expenses accordingly. Each participant should also have adequate medical insurance during their stay. 


Payment is due upon arrival for a program.  Further payment details will be sent to you when we have received your application.
Payment options are as follows:

  • Credit Cards: Visa and Mastercard (American Express and Diners Club are not accepted)
  • Wire transfers: payment should be made to the University of Notre Dame and clearly indicate the name and/or organization of the sending party for tracking and accounting purposes. Do not address the wire transfer to Tantur Ecumenical Institute. Payment will normally take 5 to 10 working days. Transfer fees are the responsibility of the party issuing payment. 

Please note: we can no longer accept payments by cash or check. 


When applying for an Educational Enrichment Week, please use the standard application form, choosing the relevant week from the drop down menu. If you wish to apply for more than one week, please contact Program Director, Nizar Halloun
There is no deadline for applications, but we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Each application will be considered until a program is full, and may be placed on a waiting list thereafter. 

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 or information.
*A special note on visas: depending on your citizenship, you may need an advance Israeli visa to travel to Jerusalem. Please apply at least 90 days prior to the start of the program as this process can be lengthy, especially in late summer or early fall. For information on applying for a visa, please check with the Israeli embassy or consulate in your country of citizenship.