The Mussar Institute

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The Mussar Institute
The Mussar Institute Society USA is incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Oregon, United States of America, and is registered as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

Our mission statement is:

“The Mussar Institute (TMI) advances the study and practice of Mussar, a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth leading to awareness, wisdom and transformation. Through experiential online and in-person courses and events based on classic and contemporary sources, TMI inspires individuals, organizations and communities around the world, regardless of affiliation, to align heart and mind with the highest ideals of the Jewish tradition.”

For information about our teachers, Alan Morinis and Rabbi Avi Fertig, click here.

The Mussar Institute Board of Directors and Officers

Sandra Garrett, President
Karen Cheniae, Treasurer
Suzanne Stier, Secretary
Gary Shaffer, Executive Committee
Pam Rollins, Vice President, Programs
Roann Altman
Daniel Beaupain
Ken Birenbaum
Barry Block
Matthew Blumberg
George Gabanyi
Sandy Greenstein
Cyndee Levy
Robert Mass
Bonnie Pastor
Irv Robinson
Judy Shriar
Professional Leadership

Alan Morinis, Founder and Dean Steven Kraus, Executive Director
Avi Fertig, Associate Dean Jeffrey Agron, Director of Operations
Ruth Schapira, Director of Leadership and Training
Regional Contacts

Daniel Beaupain, Europe Avi Fertig, Israel
George Gabanyi, South America

For more information or if you have questions, please email

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