In Har Hevron (Susya)
(with the approval of Susya Rabbi, HaRav E. Altshuler
who sits in Kiryat Gat Beit Din) a
Beit Midrash (Jewish Learning Center) for families who through giyur
(conversion) want to become a part of the Jewish faith and people. Besides Susya now also Otniel
and Carmel welcomes giur
students to prepare themselves for giyur while living in their place. Also Maon
is open to absorb student families.
Further Shalom Center
has a study program called Machon Har Tsion which is open for non-Jews who want to study
(something about) Judaism or want to study about the actual situation in Eretz Israel
based at the Tanach; Noachide,
Messianic, Hebrew-Roots Christian, Evangelical Christian, Non-denominational, who want to study about Judaism or who want to study about the actual
situation in Eretz Israel based at the Tanach. For
each group we offer separate programs. We offer programs from a single
lesson till a 3-month program. We have a special introduction course Judaism of
one and a half week. Lessons will be provided Rabbis and teachers from the
local Orthodox Jewish community. Lessons are in English, Dutch and Ivriet
language. The aim of our courses is strictly educational.
Our aim is to teach you what you want to be taught.
Our device for the studies Judaism at Shalom Center is 'Learning
through living life'. Students learn the Orthodox Jewish life by study and practicing the
Orthodox Jewish life in a Jewish community; from synagogue till kitchen. We take them with us to the
synagogue and teach them while we prepare our foods in the kitchen
and while we
celebrate the festivals with the family and in the community etc. etc.. Students who
we prepare for giyur, we also prepare them to live in Eretz Israel as they live within the
community. Part of the time can be used for volunteer work to contribute to
the community. At Shabbats and Feasts students will be with Orthodox-Jewish
families in the community and of course in the synagogue. Students who prepare themselves for a giyur follow a
study program according to the
standards given by the
Giyur Beit Din.
For Geerim students we first search for the
best suitable giyur program for each. Not for every student Har Hevron Susya is the
optimal or possible place to finish the giyurstudy. Each person and situation
is different. Because of that we have sent students to Machon Meir, Orthodox
Union, B'erot Bat Ayin,
Beit Moriah or institutes abroad as it better met
the needs and possibilities of the the students.
We already welcomed students from the
Netherlands, Belgium, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland,
Iceland, Germany, Sweden, France, Swiss, Austria, Malta,
Serbia, Slovenia, U.S.A., Canada, Honduras, Ecuador, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa,
India, China, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia who came
for a lesson or a program here at in Har Hevron. Amongst
them Christians and journalists who came to study about the actual situation
here in Israel. Further we had many students through Skype/Voip and email from all over the world.
For information pls call Aryel Tsion
(+972)0523003117 or Rav Yishai Tsur
(+972) 0526070187 or send him an e-mail
Accommodation is available in Har Hevron (in
the Orthodox-Jewish settlement of Susya or in neighboring settlements), close the the Negev desert.
Susya is a rebuild ancient city. There are a lot of remnants from the
Talmudic period; a synagogue, a lot of mikwes for Kohaniem and/or Levites
(which is remarkable), and many caves which were used as homes. Probably
kohaniem (priests) and or Levites have lived here. Because of this it also
might have been a part of the Levite city Yutta. Further there are the
remnants of a fortress from the Maccabees. Susya is a good location for trips to the desert,
Hevron (where Machpela is
where Avraham, Itschak and Ya'akov are buried), Yatir Forest, Arad, Massada etc..
There is a swimming pool with separated hours for man and women and a
Values for the Jewish Learning Center in Susya are: To live strong-religious
(in this open to what HaShem wants of us today and does in this time), Emuna (Faith and trust in our Mighty G'd, also
faith that everything is in His control and that He leads us everyday in His
plan for this time), Balance between study, work and family life, Non-materialistic, Rural
and ecological interests (love for the (physical)
land of Israel. Searching for further spiritual depths en insights to live and
act (also in personal prayer and meditation) more according to the will of
HaShem to live close to HaShem just like king David who also lived for a time in
this area before he became the king of Israel. This is the area where the 12
spies climed 'HaHar' (the Hevron Hills). It was meant that from here they would
take the land in possesion. Just like that this is a place to learn and practice
faith and trust in HaShem to settle in the land.
For Noachides, Messianics, Hebrew-Roots
Christian, Evangelical Christians, Non-denominationals and for those who want
to learn about the actual situation based at the Tanach, Machon Har Tsion
offers a choice of subjects:
Ø Differences between Christianity and Judaism.
Why Orthodox Jews have difficulty with the so called 'New Testament'
Ø Emuna and
Bitachon, faith and trust in the Jewish perspective
Ø Israel, land, chosen by HaShem
Ø Jerusalem, place chosen by HaShem
Ø Yehuda, land of the Jews, a political view
based at the Tanach.
Ø Land for peace? A honest analyze based at
historical facts of the recent history
Ø Lets try it at Gods way. The biblical concept
I really had a great time studying at the
Beth Midrash in Susya. I also enjoyed it very much to study ”Right on the
spot” at the Kever of King David, Yerushalayim, Hevron Machpela, Ancient
Susya and in the wonderful area. Very interesting were the lessons with
Ary’el, Rav Ishai and Rav Merzbach and fellow ‘Sussyans’. I learned a lot
about Jewish life. For me it was a great experience and a wonderful time
of study. I’m looking forward to the next times in Susya !!!
John, 20 years
I learned a lot during my stay in Susya, studying Judaism at the
historical places. I learned how to read the Thora and Tenach. It was
different than I was used to read it. About my expectations of the study:
Actually I didn’t know what to expect. The whole period here was a big
lesson, I learned a lot during the lessons but also through what I saw in
the Jewish daily life her in Susya, from the people in the synagogue, from
the people I got a lift, from the lessons the fathers gave to their
children during the meals, from the mothers who were walking with their
children, from the people on the street. Wonderful.
Vanessa v B.
I participated in the
program because because I wanted to experience life in a Jewish community
in Yesha. Soon I will hopefuly finish my giyur (conversion to Judaism);
however at the moment I am not officialy Jewish yet. Being in this
position I did not know what to expect of the program. After the
experience I can say, if you are a Jew searching for your roots or a ger
tsedek (convert) you will be surprised in a positive way. The community of
Susya is warm and very welcoming. Not only will you learn a lot in terms
of Torah and Judaism but you will also get a taste of Judaism how it is
meant to be, in the hilltops of Judea. You will visit chupot (Jewish
weddings), visit the graves of tsadikim and much more. Also you can rest
assured that you will not spend one Shabbat alone. The people of Susya
will invite to their homes and will want to hear more about your
connection to Judaism and Israel. If you are motivated the local rabbi's
will be more than happy to teach you Torah, Mishna and Gemara. In short a
unique opportunity that you don't want to miss.
Chaim v S
My name is Hagar C. and I come from Holland. I have the wish to become Jewish.
This I knew already a long time but we were considering taking steps in
this direction beginning 2009. I heard a story about a man from Holland
who was a Christian before but now had become a Jew and living in Israel.
His name was Ary’el Tsion. I phoned him and told my story. Then my family
and I decided
to study at Beth Midrash Susya. We studied for a week in Susya. We stayed at their
accommodation and were received very friendly and enjoyed their
hospitality. We studied at different locations such as the Machpela,
Jerusalem and ancient Susya. All kinds of topics we were able to look into
and found a lot of answers to questions we had. Aryel was able to reveal
to us many things about the messiah, Oral Tora, Prophets, and Halacha. We
also met many inhabitants of the village and even had a nice interview
with the main rabbi. Also I went to the synagoge and the visit to Susya was in
fact a confirmation for me that I am on the right path.