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Annual Kallah


Registration is now open for Kallah XVI – Scottsdale

Kallah XVI is different from all our past Kallot. 


Here are 10 reasons to attend.

  1. We are honoring Alan Morinis, Founder and Dean of The Mussar Institute.
  2. Amy Eilberg will join Avi Fertig, David Jaffe, and Micha Berger (yes, back again!) as faculty.
  3. We are created In God’s Image and our theme will be B’Tzelem Elokim.
  4. We’ll explore the middot of:

Kavod – Honor (as we honor Alan.)
Manhigut – Leadership (what it means to be a leader and how we can all be leaders.)
Achrayut – Responsibility (what we need to do to become a leader in God’s image.)
Yirah – Awe (recognizing our enormous potential within and what we’re being called on to do.)

  1. Our new venue is Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort in warm and sunny Arizona.
  2. You’ll strengthen your Mussar practice.
  3. You will meet new spiritual partners on this spiritual journey.
  4. You will reconnect with past friends and spiritual partners.
  5. You will help grow and celebrate this dynamic Mussar community.
  6. You will take this Kallah experience with you to shape the rest of your life.

What is the annual Kallah? It is an international inclusive gathering and retreat for people who share a commitment to the inner work of Mussar. Attend if you are new to Mussar or have many years of experience. All are welcome.

What is the Theme of this Kallah? Our theme is B’Tzelem Elohim, Created in God’s Image.  We’ll explore the middot of: Kavod (Honor); Manhigut (Leadership); Achrayut (Responsibility); Yirah (Awe.)

Who leads the Kallah? This Kallah provides all with a rare opportunity to learn from an international faculty who are experts in their fields. They include Alan Morinis, Avi Fertig, Amy Eilberg, David Jaffe, and Micha Berger. See bios.

What does the program entail:  You’ll learn by in an experiential manner by listening to experts, sharing with other community members, and engaging with middah practices of meditation, chanting and more.

Dates: November 30, 2018, 5 PM – December 2, 2018 12 noon.

Location: The stunning Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort. Overlooking Camelback Mountain, the resort is just minutes from the airport. Plan to enjoy the fitness center, tennis courts, and sunshine in one of the resort-style swimming pools.

Meals: All meals, from dinner Thursday through breakfast Sunday will be glatt kosher and fees are included in the program registration.  For an extra fee, we will provide a to-go meal for Sunday lunch. Please indicate this and food requests on your registration form.

Fees: Registration Fees include the program and food (glatt kosher) only.  They do not include lodging.  Please book your rooms directly with the hotel.


Register by October 1: $795

Register after October 1: $850

Registration includes the program and food only.

Hotel Reservations

Unless you are commuting, all participants must make their own hotel reservations. Reserve rooms at 1-800-362-2779 and refer to Mussar Kallah XVI, or use this Embassy Suites Link.  Obtain our reduced rate with this group code that expires November 6.

Group Rates

$155: 1-2 persons, $170: 3 persons, $185: 4 persons, executive suites: $205-235, plus tax.

Limited scholarship funds are available. For more information, contact Jeff Agron.

Pay It Forward
To help offset the cost for those who might need assistance, please consider making a donation to our Scholarship Fund.



Alan Morinis, Dean and Founder of The Mussar Institute (, is an active interpreter of the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar. For the past 18 years, Mussar has been his passion, and he is now a leading interpreter of its teachings and practices. Born and raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he studied anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning his doctorate at that university. Alan has written books and produced feature films, television dramas and documentaries; he has taught at several universities and now regularly gives lectures and workshops in Mussar thought and practice. His journey to discovering the Mussar teachings is recorded in the book Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (2002). His other books include his guide to Mussar practice, Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar (2007); his Mussar handbook Every Day, Holy Day (2010), and With Heart in Mind (2014). The Mussar Institute offers courses and training in Mussar in dozens of cities to thousands of people annually.


Avi Fertig, Associate Dean of The Mussar Institute, studied at the Yeshiva of Ner Yisrael, in Baltimore, before moving to Israel in 1997. While studying at the Mir Yeshivah, he forged a close relationship with Rabbi Reuvain Leuchter, a foremost student of Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, a recognized master of Mussar.

Since then he has been studying, writing, and teaching Mussar to hundreds of eager students. He is the author of Bridging the Gap (2007), a comprehensive volume on Mussar, and numerous articles, translations and other writings. He lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and six children.



Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  She serves as the Coordinator of Jewish Engagement for Faith in Action Bay Area, a multi-faith, multi-racial social justice organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. She previously served as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program, teaching Jewish civil discourse to rabbis, synagogues and Jewish organizations. Rabbi Eilberg also serves as a spiritual director and interfaith activist. Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in March 2014. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2016.


Micha Berger is a father, grandfather and husband, and sees in those roles much of the expression of his Judaism—and his Mussar work. He was a student of Rav Dovid Lifshitz, the Suvalker Rav zt”l, at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan (a Yeshiva University affiliate). From this contact, Rabbi Berger took away a dream to infuse his Jewish practice with the blend of love, Mussar, and grounding in Jewish thought that marked Rav Dovid’s Torah and life. To that end, he established The AishDas Society. He has spoken to audiences of varying backgrounds, from unaffiliated to Orthodox yeshiva graduates, on subjects of Jewish Thought, Mussar, and the meaning of our tefillos (prayers). In addition, he regularly gives a class on the siddur (prayer book), and he has written on these topics for Mesukim MiDevash, a weekly newsletter. His work has been described in HaModia and Yated Neeman, and received mention in the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action and The Jerusalem Report.


David Jaffe is the author of Changing the World from the Inside Out and the Founder of the Kirva Institute. His writing, teaching, consulting and activism explore the intersection of moral development

and ethical action in the world. As a TMI board member, David founded the Chevrah program; he now co-leads TMI’s Derekh Hanefesh rabbinic Mussar training program. David was the spiritual advisor at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA for many years, where he created Chanoch L’Na’ar, a nationally acclaimed Mussar program for high school faculty, students and school leadership. David is the author of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Tikkun Middot curriculum and lead educator for that program. David lives in Sharon, MA with his wife, Janette, two teenage boys and charismatic cat, Bugsy.

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