Instruction, resources & community for those seeking greater awareness, wisdom, and transformation through the Jewish spiritual path of Mussar.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Delivery: Local Courses or Distance Learning Live Web Meetings

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

Prerequisites: Season of Mussar I or II or Everyday Holiness

Duration: 12 months

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.

    1. Anger
    2. Impatience
    3. Stinginess
    4. Ingratitude
    5. Worry
    6. Envy
    7. Laziness
    8. Judgment
    9. Falsehood
    10. Arrogance
    11. Stubbornness
    12. Sorrow




SOM I and SOM II or Everyday Holiness

For Chaverim-Only


Nancy Weiss

Nancy  LCSW, is a depth 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. As Coordinator of Manchim, the Facilitator Training Program for The Mussar Institute, she was privileged to work closely with Alan to create the current Manchim curriculum. Nancy collaborated with two Mussar practitioners to create a deck of 90 Mussar cards titled, “Lights of Mussar™ Cards for Creating a Balanced Life.” The cards help to bring conscious attention to our spiritual curriculum and to relationships among the middot. 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.


    • Local groups: any time, as determined by TMI and the facilitator. We require 4-6 weeks advance notice of a new group. The course cycle is 52 weeks. Facilitators need to contact TMI at in order to schedule a local course.
    • Distance courses: TBD. We are now taking waitlist registration for a Winter or Spring cohort. Invoicing will be deferred. Register to be added to the waiting list here.


TMI Chaverim: $430 (Reduced from $480)

Our distance courses are offered via video conference over Zoom (Mac and PC compatible). Reliable, high-speed Internet connection, a current and valid email account, and computer video camera and microphone are required to participate. Some courses are scheduled based on participant availability; details are provided once you register.