Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Delivery: Live Web Meetings (Some Local Courses)

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

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

Duration: 12 months

Tuition: $430

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, judgement, falsehood, arrogance, stubbornness, sorrow.

PREREQUISITES: Season of Mussar I and II, Pathways to the Inner Life, or Everyday Holiness

Registration is now open.

Status of Registration: There is still room in one of the sessions. We will schedule the meeting dates and times of that session with the agreement of the participants once the session is full. Register first and we will be in touch with you.

Course Facilitators

Ken Birenbaum

Ken 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

Nancy Weiss, LCSW

Nancy is a psychotherapist, spiritual director, and Mussar facilitator dedicated to helping others discover unique pathways to their soul’s expression. She facilitates local and online Mussar groups and is a member of TMI’s Facilitator Development Council. She coordinates and facilitates the Manchim, the Facilitator Advanced Training Program as well as Chaburah. A collage artist, poet, and SoulCollage® facilitator, Nancy guides people in bringing an expressive voice to the Mussar traits and spiritual principles. Her collage art appears in Midrashic Mirrors, which illustrates the richness of creating art to reflect the essence of each Torah portion.

Harvey Winokur

Rabbi Winokur is a native of New York. He received his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo, and his M.A. and Ordination at 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, which administers marital assessments, a certified Spiritual Director, and a Facilitator for The Mussar Institute.


  1. Nina Gelman-Gans on July 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    how do I register for Rabbi Harvey’s course?

  2. Feld-Randel Pam on September 9, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    How do I sign up. I have studied mussar for ten years with Rabbi stone and a local rabbi where we covered everyday holiness

    • debra on September 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Hi Pam, Thank you for alerting me to a bad link. It’s fixed and you should be able to see the registration form when you click the button. The course is only open to Chaverim members. It is $19 per month. We look forward to having you join us! If you have more questions, contact rivka@mussarinstitute.org

  3. Liz Ornstein on February 2, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    When will there be a new cohort of this class beginning and how do I register.

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