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Mussar Kallah 2015

Mussar Kallah XIII – November 12–15 (Thursday to Sunday), 2015
At the beautiful Illinois Beach Resort, located directly on Lake Michigan.


Expand your mind, nourish your soul. Join the growing Mussar community in learning and celebration.


"This was an inspiring, life-changing experience for me. I am so grateful to have met so many wonderful people and learned so much from them all."

The annual Mussar Kallah is a true retreat. The Mussar masters emphasized the need for personal spiritual practice and for that we will lead sessions to teach and practice meditation, contemplation and visualization. But they also stressed the importance of learning and action, and so the contemplative sessions will be interspersed with sessions focused on the middah [soul-trait] of nosei b’ol im chaveiro [bearing the burden with your friend] and rachamim [compassion] as well as chevruta and group interaction. This Kallah will provide comprehensive tools to introduce and guide you in the Mussar ways to cultivate the soul in the context of community, inwardly and outwardly.

Sessions will be experiential, include text study and offer practical lessons that can be taken home to enhance and deepen your spiritual life and practice of Mussar.


"I am so grateful I was able to attend this wonderful weekend. I am now doing ten blessings with my son every morning when I drive him to high school."

"I enjoyed the high degree of interactive practice through the weekend."

What level of knowledge do i need to have?

The Mussar Kallah Retreat Is open and suitable only for people who have already had some exposure to Mussar, whether through courses of The Mussar Institute or other forms of Mussar learning and practice. One does not need to be an expert, however. Every speaker will focus on issues that affect ordinary people in everyday life, because that is precisely what Mussar is meant to do.


The Mussar Kallah Retreat will take place at beautiful and serene Illinois Beach Resort, located amid 4,100 acres of a protected state park, right on the shore of Lake Michigan.

The Illinois Beach ResortThe Illinois Beach Resort
One Lake Front Drive
Zion, IL 60099 USA
Tel: 847-625-7300 or 866-IL-BEACH


"The residential retreat format succeeded in creating a greater sense of community."


The Illinois Beach Resort is located only 40 minutes from O’Hare Airport. For details on how to get to The Illinois Beach Resort by car or by transfer from the airport, click  this link

Closer to the date of the Kallah, we will send information about sharing taxis from the major airports.


Registration includes Thursday night dinner through Sunday breakfast. All food will be strictly kosher. Please indicate any food requests, allergies, etc., on the registration form.


"The entire Kallah was life enriching."

For further information and with questions, please contact

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"It is so evident that [The Mussar Kallah] is something so awesome and exciting. I feel like a fish who has returned to the water."
"I have been desperately seeking a group of Jews who are hungry to work for a connection with
G-d. Thank you for assisting others to connect with their own small voice."