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


Experience the core meaning and practices of Mussar in a small group web meeting. You will be guided by an experienced Mussar Institute facilitator over a period of 4 weeks via Zoom Video. This conferencing platform allows everyone to be on the screen at the same time. Sessions run between 90 and 120 minutes.

Terri Thornton: I am the current TMI coordinator for A Taste of Mussar for local groups.  I have been studying Mussar for over eight years, having taken most of the online courses through TMI, including Manchim.  I have facilitated Seeking Everyday Holiness, A Season of Mussar I, and Middah a Month at my own congregation.  I have also facilitated several A Taste of Mussar courses using the Canvas platform and I am excited to facilitate the first of many A Taste of Mussar programs over Zoom!

TUESDAYS: 7:00 pm ET, March 5, 12, 19, 26 (REGISTRATION CLOSES February 24)
WEDNESDAYS: 7:00 pm ET, March 6, 13, 27, April 3 (REGISTRATION CLOSES February 25)
WEDNESDAYS: 7:00 pm ET, April 10, 17, 24, May 1 (REGISTRATION CLOSES March 31)

Sharona Silverman: I have been involved with the study of Mussar since Alan Morinis came to Phoenix to do a presentation in 2003. I have continued taking courses since that time and became a facilitator through the Manchim program in 2013. I have facilitated most of the courses and have gained tremendous insight and deep gratitude, as I commit myself to study and grow. I served on the board of The Mussar Institute for several years, the Kallah Program Planning Team, and am presently a member of the Facilitation Development Council. I believe A Taste of Mussar is a very important course as it sets a foundation for Mussar study, with material for integrating the history, concepts, and wisdom for growing on one’s Mussar journey.

Helaine Sheias: Helaine is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Yinspiration Yoga – a Therapeutic Approach to Yin Yoga. Helaine holds a PhD in Human Sciences and is a graduate of the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program at Saybrook University. Born in Massachusetts, Helaine made Aliyah to Israel in her teens, served in the IDF, and settled in Israel for more than two decades.  She returned to the U.S. in 2007 and has found her place in the Bay Area.  Yoga reopened her passion to spiritual journeying, igniting her curiosity in Mussar and Jewish Learning. She is a graduate of the Yesod training program and looks forward to facilitating TMI Mussar courses, live and online. Mussar has opened her heart, softened her soul, and lifted her spirit. She feels blessed and honored to embrace Mussar as part of her Jewish spiritual journey.

SUNDAYS: 7:30 pm ET, March 24, 31, April 7, 14 (REGISTRATION CLOSES March 14)
SUNDAYS: 7:30 pm ET, April 28, May 5, 19, 26 (REGISTRATION CLOSES April 18)
MONDAYS: 11:30 am ET, April 29, May 6, 13, 20 (REGISTRATION CLOSES April 19)

Donna Medoff: I was introduced to Mussar 10 years ago while reading an article on gratitude in the Reform Judaism magazine. The article sparked a light in me and my Mussar practice began shortly after. The next step was participating in the Manchim program. I have facilitated classes in my local community including A Season of Mussar and A Taste of Mussar. Studying Mussar has awakened my soul and given me the strength to prevail during difficult times. It is with gratitude that I have been given the opportunity to share this soulful practice with others.

Sue Owens Pickens: I have been studying Mussar for the last nine years after the death of my husband. I took the Manchim program (the program to become a facilitator) last year and have been facilitating two va’ads (groups). I have also served as chevruta (study partner) for the online A Season of Mussar 1 course. I work on my daily practice with journaling and chanting.



Harvey Winokur: Rabbi Winokur is a native of New York.  He received his B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo, and his M.A. and Ordination from 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 premarital/marital needs assessments, a certified Spiritual Director, and a Trainer-Facilitator for The Mussar Institute.