From Darkness Into The Light

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Delivery: Live Web Meetings

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

Prerequisites: Season of Mussar I or II or Everyday Holiness

Duration: Two parts of 6 months each

Tuition: Each Part: Chaverim: $215 non-Chaverim: $240.  Total Tuition $430 Chaverim, $480 non-Chaverim

Facilitator: Ken Birenbaum: New Session Added. Begins Wed. August 11, 2 p.m. ET (Email info@mussarinstitute to register.)




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 awareness of middot with a negative valence. This focus is appropriate as awareness and practice will build a bridge to the “positive.” Students cultivate a sharpened awareness of the play of inner traits in life which provides both the opportunity and strength to exercise choice.  They report that they, their relationships and the context of their lives change and transform. For this reason, it is important to have a foundational understanding of many middot before embarking on this course.

The Chaburah program focuses on one middah per month. Anger, impatience, stinginess, ingratitude, worry, envy, laziness, judgment, falsehood, arrogance, stubbornness, sorrow.


To Register, please email

Ken Birenbaum Round

Va'ad Begins Wednesday, August 11, 2 p.m. ET

Ken Birenbaum has been a student of Mussar since 2010, and a Mussar facilitator since 2012. After taking the Manchim facilitator training program as a student he taught that program for 2 years. He has taken and facilitated each of the Mussar Institute’s courses from beginner to advanced, and especially enjoys witnessing Mussar's transformative effects on new eyes.

He was President of his synagogue, Congregation Shaare Emeth, in St. Louis, Missouri, and served on the Boards of the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Day School, The Union for Reform Judaism, and as a Board member and Treasurer of the Mussar Institute


Jason Winston was born and raised in Los Angeles and has lived in Riverside, CA since 1998. He is a long-term student of Mussar who facilitates many va'adim both at his temple and for The Mussar Institute.  Jason has served as the editor of the Yashar, TMI's monthly newsletter since 2012.  He has served on the Board of Directors of his congregation for more than 15 years.

Helaine circle

Helaine Sheias, Ph.D., made Aliyah to Israel in her teens, served in the IDF, and settled there for more than two decades. She is a graduate of The Mussar Institute Yesod Facilitator Training Program and Manchim Advanced Facilitator Training and has facilitated various TMI courses for the past three years. She facilitates circles of transformation and change by modeling spiritual awakening, and self-reflexive learning, or Hitlamdut.  She feels blessed and honored to embrace Mussar as part of her evolving spiritual journey.