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Alan Morinis

Alan Morinis is the founder and Dean of The Mussar Institute and an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of the Mussar tradition, about which he regularly gives lectures and workshops. Born and reared in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he studied anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. For the past 16 years, the nearly-lost Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his passion, a journey recorded in the book Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (Broadway 2002). His guide to Mussar practice, entitled Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar, was published in May 2007. His newest book on Mussar, With Heart in Mind, was published in August 2014.

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Rabbi Avi Fertig

Rabbi Avi Fertig is the author of Bridging the Gap (Feldheim 2007), a comprehensive guide to important Mussar concepts and Mussar lessons from the Talmud, as well as the classical works of the modern Mussar movement. The book is based on talks given by Rabbi Reuvain Leuchter, a foremost student of Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe. Rabbi Fertig was born in the United States and for the past 16 years has resided in Israel. He studied at the Ner Yisrael Yeshiva in Baltimore and has also learned and taught at Yeshiva Neve Zion and the Mir Yeshiva of Jerusalem. He is currently a rebbe and teacher at Yeshivat Reishit, in Beit Shemesh, Israel and Associate Dean of the Mussar Institute, where he has been guiding courses and programs since 2010.

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Barry Block

Barry Block is the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Judith Edelstein
Doctor of Ministry

Judith Edelstein, Doctor of Ministry, is a post-denominational teacher, spiritual leader, counselor and writer who has worked in synagogues, long-term care facilities and Jewish organizations.

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Rabbi Amy Eilberg

Spiritual Director, Interfaith Activist, and Director, Pardes Rodef Shalom Communities Program

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Yaakov Feldman

Yaakov Feldman is a Jewish Chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York. Has translated and commented upon major Mussar works and other books on Jewish thought and mysticism.

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Judith Golden

Judith Golden is a Cantorial soloist who especially loves making up melodies for mussar middah phrases. Even more than making up her own tunes, she loves to encourage others to experiment with this and fine their own song.

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David Jaffe

Rabbi David Jaffe is a writer and rabbi whose life work seeks to integrate spiritual wisdom, social justice, reconciliation and deep personal growth.

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Pam Wax

Pam Wax is the Staff Rabbi and Spiritual Care Coordinator at a large social service agency

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Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash; Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek; Founder & CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute.


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