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Sign up for our Spring Session (22 - 28 Apr. 2019)
christ our passover (Jerusalem Apr. 22 - 28 2019)
by NA4

A week of Discovery to enter into the mystery of the Passover(s)

(PLEASE NOTE: This year all class will be delivered in French)

We invite you to meet Christ in the mystery of his Jewish heritage. Join us, on the week following the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter, at Ein Karem - a gorgeous little village at the entrance of Jerusalem - to meditate on the significance of these great feasts through which God wants to establish the covenant with His people while setting them free.

Through morning studies with scholars, followed by workshops, excursions, meetings and conferences, you will delve into Scripture, learn about the Jewish setting of the New Testament, the Jewish liturgy as it is lived to this day, and better understand the pascal mystery - the very foundation of the messianic hope.

Our study session is open to all those who wish to enrich their Christian faith through the knowledge of Judaism - all classes shall be given in a manner that is perfectly accessible to all levels.

In company with the Prophets, the Church awaits that day, known to God alone, on which all peoples will address the Lord in a single voice and "serve him shoulder to shoulder" (Zeph. 3:9).


Participants will stay at the beautiful Casa Nova Ein Karem - right next to the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Most classes will also take place here.


During the session we will visit the following sites:

  • Ein Karem (incl. Church of the Visitation, St. John the Baptist's birthplace)
  • Jerusalem (incl. Mount of Olives, Via Dolorosa, The wailing wall, Holy Sepulchre, Mount Zion)
  • Bethlehem (incl. Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto)
  • Emmaus-Nicopolis
  • Kiryat Yearim (Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant)
  • ...and more

Typical Daily Schedule

Morning: Two tracks of studies

1. The Jewish Passover - the significance of Passover in Jewish thought (09:00-10:15)

Learn about the mystery and reality of the Passover in the long and rich history of Jewish through from Scripture, through to the Sages and Rabbinical thought to today. We will also study the significance of God's covenant with His people in the context of the Passover.

Taught by:

Gad Barnea, Nostra Aetate

Fr. Olivier Catel O.P., Nostra Aetate

2. The Jewish liturgy and the unity of the two covenants (10:30-12:00)

Get a deeper understanding of Jewish liturgy - its symbolism, its tradition and its richness - and how the covenant of God with His people, Jewish and Christian alike forms a unity.

Taught by:

Sr. Agnes (Béat.), Nostra Aetate

Fr. David Neuhaus, S.J.

Those students who seek academic credit for the sessions must be physically present at the sessions.

Afternoon: Small-group workshops to go deeper (English/French)

Evenings: Meeting with a special guest

Academic credit is available for all students through Domuni Universitas (ECTS credits).

The session will be generally delivered in English, with fully translated material given to the students. All sessions will be videotaped and available online in both languages.

Since the spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews is thus so great, this sacred synod wants to foster mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of Biblical and theological studies as well as of fraternal dialogues. (Nostra Aetate 4)

Pricing information: (*)

$1250 per person in a double room

$1836 per person in a single room

* Price includes: all tuition, accommodations (full board), all excursions.

* The price does NOT include airplane fare (or any other form of transportation) to/from Ein Karem or any personal insurances.

* Every participant is required to hold personal health-insurance coverage for the duration of his/her time in Israel as well as repatriation insurance. Please bring proof of insurance with you. Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you in Jerusalem!