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


In response to the growth of the Mussar movement, it has become essential to train capable facilitators for higher level Mussar Institute courses in the specific ways and traditions of Mussar. In this sensitive, paid, leadership role, the facilitator helps people engage in personal development and growth through Mussar learning and practice.

Manchim is an advanced-level course for qualified candidates who are ready to take a deep dive into their own spiritual soul curriculum while developing into highly-qualified Mussar facilitators. It is conducted via video conference and may require up to four hours per week devoted to study and activities.

Manchim is right for you if you are ready to guide va’adim through the deep process of learning, reflection, and transformation that is so much a part of TMI course experiences.



You will learn facilitation skills, tools and techniques, and the dynamics of group process. You will participate in 9 va’ad meetings and chevruta sessions in alternating weeks.




During the six-month follow up to Phase 1, you will lead a pilot group. On alternating weeks, you will meet with your Manchim va’ad to receive support on your facilitation, and you will meet with your chevruta to deepen your Mussar study. Personal coaching is available on an as-needed basis.




You will:

grow through the process of examining your own soul curriculum and leading your own va’ad.

be part of a growing, international group of TMI-trained facilitators.

be able to facilitate any TMI course.

receive a complimentary one-year membership in Chevrah: Professional Development and Networking for Mussar facilitators and receive special invitations to Mussar Institute webinars and gatherings.

earn an honorarium for each course you facilitate through The Mussar Institute.


Jewish individuals with a sincere desire to engage deeply in their own Mussar work, and to help others as they progress on their spiritual path.

Persons interested in facilitating Mussar programs offered by The Mussar Institute.

Mature and stable individuals who are capable of functioning with flexibility, curiosity and patience in a community predicated on openness, honesty and inquiry.


To apply to the Manchim Program, you must:

Have a committed and ongoing personal Mussar practice that includes regular study in a course or independently;

Have previous experience as a member of a Mussar va’ad;

Have completed at least two Mussar courses: Seeking Everyday Holiness, A Season of Mussar I and II, Everyday Holiness, Mussar in Action, Chaburah, or Path of the Soul.

Candidates in special circumstances who have equivalent experience of Mussar study will be given consideration on a case-by-case basis.


Upon successful completion of all the requirements of the Intensive and Support periods, and based on assessments by the program staff at several points in the program, approved graduates will be granted a certificate from The Mussar Institute.


The training program is conducted via video conference and involves activities that will require about 4-5 hours per week devoted to study and meeting activities, which include participation in va’ad meetings and chevruta study, readings, and assignments dealing with skills and issues of Mussar group leadership, and written reports and posts on the course site.

Our 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.

The next training session for selected participants will begin as soon as a course fills, and due to the personal nature of the training, groups are intentionally small.


Registration Fee: $25 with the completion of the application, non-refundable.  Tuition is $475 per student.

For those who receive notice of acceptance into the program, details will also be provided on how to make a payment. Payment must be made prior to the start of the program.


Once your application is received, you will receive a reference form to be given to an individual who is familiar with your character and commitment to spiritual growth (other than a family member, director or staff of the Mussar Institute). This person will be asked to comment on your experience and suitability to be a Mussar guide and a group facilitator. Ideally, this person will be a rabbi, your previous group leader in a Mussar program or a program leader who has direct experience of your leadership and facilitation skills. Once completed, the reference form should be sent directly to

If you are interested in being a part of this training program, please complete an application.