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: Rabbi Harvey Winokur and Rabbi Chasya Uriel Steinbauer. 

Part I: Facilitator: Chasya Uriel Steinbauer, Wednesdays, 11 a,m, -12:30 p.m. ET, 10/13/21 - 3/23/22

Part II: Facilitator: Helaine Sheias, Mondays, 12:30 - 2 .p.m. ET, 10/25/21 - 4/4/22




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.


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Rabbi Harvey Winokur is a native of New York. He received his B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo, and his M.A. and Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Kehillat Chaim, a Reform congregation in Roswell, Georgia, which he founded in 1982. Rabbi Winokur is a Facilitator/Trainer for Prepare-Enrich, an organization that administers premarital/marital needs assessments, a certified Spiritual Director, and a Trainer-Facilitator for The Mussar Institute.

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Rabbi Chasya Uriel Steinbauer has been studying Mussar and facilitating Mussar groups since she met Alan in 2001 before his first book was published. She taught Mussar at the JCC Manhattan from 2005 - 2013 and from 2008 - 2011 coordinated TMI'S Manchim Advanced Facilitator Training program. She has rabbinic leadership certification from Drisha Institute, an Orthodox women's yeshiva. In 2009, she founded the first egalitarian Mussar va'ad in Jerusalem at the Conservative Yeshiva. Currently, she directs the Kehilat Mussar at the Institute for Holiness in Israel, which she founded.

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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.

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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.