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
    • 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




Local groups can start 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.


TMI Chaverim: $430, reduced from $480. Questions, please email

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.

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