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Yesod: Foundations in Mussar Group Facilitation



Begin your first step on the journey to become a Mussar group facilitator.

Mussar is a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth, providing a practical set of teachings and practices that lead to greater awareness, wisdom and ultimately, transformation. Based on Jewish teachings, both ancient and contemporary, the goal of Mussar study and practice is to become a mensch, a good and decent person. In order to prepare to lead others, you first need to experience the transformative impact of Mussar yourself.

Yesod provides people who already have general facilitation skills with basic knowledge and practice to lead a Mussar group (va’ad). In this introductory, five-session facilitated virtual training program you will learn essential Mussar practices in order to explore character traits, or middot, and practice Mussar facilitation while developing skills through feedback from your experienced Yesod trainer and peers.

The Yesod program offers you a unique opportunity to interact on a deep level with other trainees in a small and intimate va’ad, fostering your own growth in a process of learning, practice, and reflection.

In Yesod you will study and practice two foundational middot that will illustrate Mussar insight and methods: humility/anavah and enthusiasm/zerizut. Mussar requires study but the true effect comes from practice. The more you understand of Mussar practice, the more you do the practice, the more you will see the impact.



The Yesod: Foundations in Mussar Group Facilitation training program is for those who desire to learn about and engage in essential components of Mussar practice in order to bring that knowledge to their facilitation.

Personal characteristics and a willingness to learn weigh more importantly than degrees, specific training or credentials. Emotional maturity and stability are important qualities of Mussar facilitators, so you should be aware of your own characteristics, emotions, and feelings and how that might impact your leadership. The qualities of openness, honesty and inquiry will make you a good candidate for Yesod. To be part of this program, you should also be willing to seek and accept feedback.



1. After completion of Yesod, new leaders can integrate Mussar into their own programs or lead any of the following Mussar Institute offerings, including denominational congregational programs:

A Taste of Mussar ● Challenges & Choices for Teens ● Everyday Holiness ● Middah a Month ● Mussar for Children ● Toolbox: Mussar for Millennials


Congregational programs:

Seeking Everyday Holiness ● Path of the Mensch ● You Shall Be Holy


2. You will receive a complimentary one-year membership in Chevrah: Professional Development and Networking for Mussar Facilitators, an international group of individuals with similar interests and experiences. You can read more about it here.


3. You will receive special invitations to Mussar Institute webinars and gatherings.


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

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




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