Awareness • Wisdom • Transformation


The Mussar Institute


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. The Mussar Institute inspires individuals, organizations, and communities around the world to align heart and mind with the highest ideals of the Jewish tradition.  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.

Brief History of TMI

The Mussar Institute was founded in 2004, by Dr. Alan Morinis, to organize a response for requests for courses and facilitator training in Mussar teachings and practices. That year, practitioners gathered for the first Kallah, a tradition that continues annually to this day. TMI offers courses at all levels of Mussar expertise and knowledge, training for facilitators, rabbis and clergy in Mussar facilitation, programs and curricula for organizations and congregations, and resources and community for all.

Mussar Institute Europe

Mussar Institute Europe offers a Mussar Summer Academy.  A recent theme was the life and works of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, who spent some years in Amsterdam and wrote Messilat Yesharim there. The venue was near to the place where he lived and worked as a gem cutter. Part of the program was held in an old Portuguese synagogue. Mussar Institute Europe has a foundation and can receive donations in accordance with local laws.

Currently, there are three va’adot in The Netherlands, two of them in the Amsterdam area and one in Almere. Hana Fischer, formerly of the Netherlands, now of Australia, is available for presentations in the Melbourne area.

TMI People – Information and bios of our leaders

  • Board of Directors
  • Teaching Faculty
  • Professional Leaders


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