Becoming Your Best Self

Come. Discover. And, grow with us through the inspiring and practical Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar.

Who We Are

We are a community of learners and seekers who strive to reach our full potential as individuals and in our communities. We draw on and share the teachings of Mussar, a practical and inspiring Jewish spiritual tradition, to foster a life of greater meaning and enhanced relationships. We open the pathway of Mussar to Jews of all denominations and affiliations, and to others who wish to explore these Jewish spiritual practices.

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Study Mussar with us. We offer courses at all levels: from beginner to advanced, in-person and online. We train, certify, and offer continued professional development for Mussar facilitators.

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Our community is the heart of who we are and all we do. We provide many pathways for our community members to connect with their teachers and with one another. Our sustaining membership program, the Chaverim Initiative, with many exclusive program benefits, is open to all.


We are dedicated to bringing the Jewish spiritual path of Mussar to students everywhere by making available traditional and contemporary texts, practices, and meaningful relationships with others who share the journey. We are grateful for your generous support.

News & Updates


Judith Edelstein Va’ad and chevruta meetingsThursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. ETJune 25 – September 17, 2020 Rabbi Edelstein is a post-denominational teacher, spiritual leader, counselor, and writer who has worked in synagogues, long-term care facilities, and Jewish organizations. She said, “The practice of highlighting different middot enabled me to see my own areas of strength in addition to characteristics that required constant…
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Chaverim-Only Avi Fertig, Director of Mussar Have you struggled with ancient, classical Mussar texts and wished you had some real guidance for making the study relevant to your life? Have you been longing for a new advanced Mussar experience? You now have the opportunity to study the classical Mussar text, Messilat Yesharim / Path of The Just,…
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Path of the Soul is an advanced-level Mussar course that is available to Chaverim who have completed A Season of Mussar II or Everyday Holiness plus Mussar in Action. How do you recognize and follow the path of your soul? Only by answering these questions—not in theory, but in the flesh of your life—can you discover and follow the track that leads…
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Level: Intermediate to Advanced Delivery: Live Web Meetings (Some Local Courses) Learning Methods: Independent Study & Practice, Chevruta, Va’ad Prerequisites: Season of Mussar I or II or Everyday Holiness Duration: 12 months Chaburah is an intermediate to advanced-level course that is open to TMI Chaverim who have completed previous courses with The Mussar Institute and are ready to build…
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