INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED COURSES

 

To fulfill Mussar’s purpose, ideas are not very effective tools. Once the path is defined, the rest of the climb happens by means of a variety of experiential practices: meditation, visualization, journaling, and chanting.

 - Alan Morinis

A COURSE FROM AVI FERTIG

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: All

Modality: Text Study

Runs: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30

Registration: Open

Tuition: $300 non-Chaverim, $240 Chaverim

Alei Shur is a new text-study course for intermediate-advanced students from Avi Fertig, Director of Mussar. While the source text is Alei Shur from Mussar Master, Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, in the original Hebrew, students who are not proficient in Hebrew will be able to engage in the course as Avi will provide word-for-word translation during the lecture, which will be recorded. A written translation, however, will not be provided.

A COURSE WITH CHASYA URIEL STEINBAUER

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: Chaverim

Modality: Va'ad, chevruta

Starts: Tuesdays April 6 - August 10

Registration: Open

Tuition: $325

Mussar In Action supports you in answering the question: How can one sustain learning and put into practice what is learned? Rabbi Yisrael Salanter saw this challenge and spoke of it in the 19th century, as did Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto in the 18th. Both goals are reached through practice.

A COURSE FROM REBBETZIN SCHOONMAKER, JUDITH EDELSTEIN, FACILITATOR

Level: Intermediate

Open to: All

Modality: Va'ad and Recordings, Chevruta, Kaballot

Runs: Tuesdays, 7 p.m. ET

Starts: 5/4, 6/1, 7/6, 8/3, and 8/31 and 10/5

Registration: Open

Tuition:

Chaverim: $300

Non-Chaverim: $360

A COURSE IN TWO PARTS

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Open To: All Students with some va'ad experience

Delivery: Live Web Meetings

Learning Methods: Independent Study & Practice, Chevruta, Va’ad

Prerequisites: Season of Mussar I or II or Everyday Holiness, Chaverim Membership

Tuition: Chaverim: $215 per part. Non-Chaverim $240 per part

Chaburah is offered in two parts, each six months in length.

Helaine Sheias: Part 1: Mondays, 12:30 pm ET, Beginning 4/19 for 6 months. Helaine will offer Part 2 in October.

 

A COURSE FROM RAV NUSSBAUM

Requirements: Open to All

Modality: Live Va'ad in English, Recordings available

Sessions: Six one-hour sessions

Meeting: Sundays,  4 p.m. ET

Starts: 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20

Tuition: $118 Chaverim, $180 non-Chaverim

A COURSE BASED ON PATH OF THE JUST WITH BARBARA GROSH

Level:  Advanced

Open to: All with significant Mussar va'ad experience

Meets: Thursdays, 12-1:30 p.m. ET

Begins: 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 6/3, 6/17, 7/1, 7/15, and 7/29

Tuition:

Chaverim: Part I: $180 Part II: $150

Non-Chaverim: Part I: $216 Part II: $180

A COURSE FROM AVI FERTIG

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: All

Modality: Lessons are emailed the first week of each month

Modules: Readings, practices, recorded chants

Starts: The first week of any month

Registration: Open now

Tuition: Chaverim: $15 per month

A COURSE FROM ALAN MORINIS

Level: Intermediate

Open to: All

Modality: Independent study

Modules: Recorded webinars, podcasts, readings, practices, online journaling

Starts: The first week of any month

Registration: Open now

Tuition:

Chaverim: $136

Non-Chaverim: $156

A COURSE FROM ALAN MORINIS

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: All

Modality: Independent Study

Modules: Recorded webinars, podcasts, readings, practices, optional chevruta study

Starts: The first week of any month

Registration: Open now

Tuition: 

Chaverim: $136

Non-Chaverim: $180

A COURSE FROM MICHA BERGER

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: All

Modality: Live Web Meetings

Modules: Live and recorded webinars, readings, practices, optional chevruta study

Runs: This course is not currently scheduled but is expected to run in the fall.

Registration: Now Closed

Tuition:

Chaverim: $180

Non-Chaverim: $250

Mussar emerges as unique area of study in 10th century
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto writes Path of the Just in 1740 to develop Mussar into a path of practice
Mussar Movement begins in Lithuania in 19th century led by Rabbi Yisrael Salanter
Mussar Movement nearly disappears in the mid-20th century, in the aftermath of the Holocaust

INTERESTED IN BRINGING MUSSAR TO YOUR COMMUNITY? WE HAVE PROGRAMS FOR YOU TO LICENSE.

MUSSAR PROGRAMS FOR MY LOCAL COMMUNITY (1)

 

For Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox Congregations

TMI-Certified Facilitators also lead our programs at other Jewish organizations: Jewish Federations, JCC's and more.

WE OFFER CUSTOMIZED CONGREGATIONAL PROGRAMS 

Take your group through a Mussar course based on Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis.  At the end of the program, continue with the intermediate-level program.

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IN THE WORDS OF MUSSAR TEACHERS

The luxuries we indulge in eventually come to seem to be necessities as if we could not live without them. 
RABBI YISRAEL SALANTER (1810–1883)
People search relentlessly for a city of happiness, not realizing that it can only be found in a state of mind.
RABBI AVRAHAM PAM (1913–2001)
 
Modesty at a wedding means rejoicing fully in the singing, dancing, and feasting while inwardly striving to direct all of those activities for the happiness of the wedding couple, not for oneself.
– RABBI NOSSON TZVI FINKEL, THE ALTER OF SLABODKA (1849–1927)