Yesod is an introductory, six-session, facilitated, virtual training program designed to train facilitators to lead introductory TMI courses in the unique skills of Mussar facilitation.

You will 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. You will study and practice two foundational middot that illustrate Mussar insight and methods: humility/anavah and enthusiasm/zerizut. 

Yesod is for you if you have general facilitation skills and a foundation in Mussar teachings and practices. You must also have the desire to engage in essential components of Mussar practice in order to bring that knowledge to your facilitation. You will also need emotional maturity, stability, qualities of openness, honesty, and inquiry, and a willingness to learn. You should be aware of your own characteristics, emotions, and feelings and how that might impact your leadership. To be part of this program, you should also be willing to seek and accept feedback.

Yesod qualifies you to integrate Mussar into your own programs or lead any of the following: A Taste of Mussar, A Season of Mussar I and II, Everyday Holiness, Seeking Everyday Holiness, Path of the Mensch, You Shall Be Holy, Toolbox: Mussar for Millennials, Mussar for Children.

Additional Benefits

  • Complimentary, one-year membership in The Facilitators Network, a program to support your professional development as a Mussar facilitator.
  • Special invitations to Mussar Institute webinars and gatherings.

Tuition and Fees Application Fee: $25. Non-refundable. Once we receive your application, you’ll receive a reference form for someone who is familiar with your character and commitment to spiritual growth.

Tuition Fee: $325, payable upon acceptance.


You must have taken Season of Mussar I or have similar Mussar va’ad experience.


Due to the personal nature of the training, groups are intentionally small. The next training session for selected applicants will begin as soon as a course fills. Classes are scheduled based on participant availability; details are provided once you register. The first step is to contact

Rabbi 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 that administers premarital/marital needs assessments, a certified Spiritual Director, and a Trainer-Facilitator for The Mussar Institute.

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