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About the Mussar Program


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

“The Mussar Institute 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 based on classic and contemporary sources, The Mussar Institute inspires individuals, organizations and communities around the world, regardless of affiliation, to align heart and mind with the highest ideals of the Jewish tradition.”

The Mussar Institute


Board of Directors and Officers

Sandra Garrett: President
Pam Rollins: Vice President, Programs
Ken Birenbaum: Treasurer
Suzanne Stier: Secretary
Gary Shaffer: Executive Committee

Roann Altman
Daniel Beaupain
Barry Block
Matthew Blumberg
George Gabanyi
Sandy Greenstein
Stephen Haas
Cyndee Levy
Robert Mass
Bonnie Pastor
Irv Robinson
Judy Shriar
Sharona Silverman


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
Judith Zaruches: Director of Community Engagement


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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7605 Old York Rd., Suite 108 | Melrose Park, PA 19027 USA | Phone: 215.635.7300 x192


6545 SW 133 Drive | Pinecrest, FL 33156 USA | Phone: 305.610.7260 |


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