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

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A COURSE IN ENGLISH

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: All

Modality: Va'ad, Lecture

Modules: Live webinar, recorded webinar follow-up, optional chevruta study

Starts: 10/25

Registration: Open now

Tuition:

Chaverim: $118 

Non-Chaverim $180

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A COURSE WITH HELAINE SHEIAS AND AVI FERTIG

Level: Advanced

Open to: Chaverim

Modality: Recorded Lectures, va'ad, kaballot, online forum, 13 units over 26 weeks.

Starts: Intro Materials 10/25. First Va'ad Session 11/4

Registration: Open

Tuition: $300

An Independent Learning option without a va'ad is available to begin near the first of each month

Tuition: $200

 

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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: 10/18/2020 - 3/21/2021 (Live catch-up class 9/13, recordings available)

Tuition:

Chaverim: $180

Non-Chaverim: $250

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A COURSE WITH SHARON SCHWARTZ

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: Chaverim

Modality: Va'ad, chevruta

Runs:Thursdays, 6 p.m. ET beginning January 7th, 2021

Registration: Open now

Tuition: Part I: $180 Part II: $150

Path of the Soul is a curriculum for wholeness, complete with assignments, learning, challenges, and tests. Each of us has his or her own curriculum, though not everyone is aware that his or her life-course is a curriculum, nor engages with it consciously.

This advanced program of Jewish education and practice helps you recognize your own personal curriculum and provides you with the tools needed to follow that curriculum or grow toward wholeness. Along the way, you'll uncover stages, levels, dynamics, and pitfalls on your path and use Mussar’s wisdom to guide a wise and successful traverse of this path.

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A COURSE WITH STEVE CHERVIN

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: Chaverim

Modality: Va'ad, chevruta

Starts: January, 2021

Registration: Open now

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.

In order to bring your Mussar practice into your world (and to firmly avoid the self-absorption that is a potential pitfall of any spiritual practice) and to strengthen the bonds of community across the distances that separate us, you will engage in a project with other people that will be, in effect, your Mussar in Action.

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A COURSE WITH LIVE VA'ADIM

Level: Intermediate

Open to: Chaverim

Modality: Live va'ad

Modules: Live va'ad, readings and practices, chevruta study, journaling

Starts: Various dates

Registration: Now closed

Tuition:

Chaverim: $430

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A COURSE FROM REBBETTZIN SCHOONMAKER

Level: Intermediate

Open to: All

Modality: Va'ad and Recordings, Chevruta, Kaballot

Starts: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m. ET

Registration: Closed. Full.

Tuition:

Chaverim: $300

Non-Chaverim: $360

Check back for a new women's course coming in January.

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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

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A COURSE FROM AVI FERTIG

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: Chaverim

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

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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

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.

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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)