Life at JCBT

Home-Like Accommodations

The Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators provides the use of four shared bedrooms (2 or 3 students to a
room, maximum of 10 students), each room with its own private bathroom. In addition, JCBT volunteers provide daily meals and linens and bedding as needed. Three basic daily meals are provided for the duration of the course for students residing at the Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators.

Student life at JCBT is more like living with a family than living in dorm on a university campus. Students eat together, have devotions together, and at times study together. They develop into a family of mutually supportive students and volunteer staff. Previous experience of living with a roommate is extremely important in terms of the humble adjustments that often need to be made!

Student Duties and Serviceslibrary

JCBT provides a quiet setting for study in an international community of serious students and scholars; it features a small basic library for Old Testament translators and a large common living room.

Students are required to clean their room weekly, wash their own clothes, and to routinely give a helping hand to volunteer kitchen staff.

Use of a washing machine, photocopier, and fax are also available.

High-speed cable and wireless internet connections are available free of charge at both JCBT and at the HU University.

A phone is available for local calls. Long distance calls can be made using a locally purchased prepaid phone card or via internet phone systems, like Skype or Gtalk.

Student Life

It is important that students have the ability to work and live together in this social setting. With  weekly study trips, Shabbat dinners, daily rides to the University and back, there is no lack of good company. One will rarely, if ever, become lonely or bored. On the contrary, the program is exceedingly intensive, each day being packed with classes, homework, and social time.

During what little free time is available–Saturdays and during the University vacation week–you can get involved with the local Christian community, take your own tours around Jerusalem, shop at the local stores, or take a bus trip to Tel Aviv.