Join us for An Afternoon of Mussar with Alan Morinis and friends, a highly interactive afternoon of exploring Mussar, the Jewish path of spirituality and mindfulness. You’ll walk away with new connections to our growing Bay Area Mussar community. Whether you are just starting your search or you are a seasoned practitioner, you will find this program enlightening and inspirational.
Mussar is a thousand-year-old practice of personal development that is dedicated to the cultivation of the qualities of the soul. The Mussar Institute has made this practice accessible to modern-day Jews while still imparting wisdom and tools for character development grounded in Torah and the classical Mussar tradition. Spiritual growth is supported through the development of community and through individual Mussar learning and practice applied to everyday life.
This year we are adding a track for 6-8th graders. (See below)
When Is An Afternoon of Mussar?
Sunday April 10th from 1-5 PM. Registration opens at 12:45
Advanced registration is suggested, as seating is limited.
The cost is $54 per person. Scholarships available.
Admission is free for 6-8th graders
Scholarships available. Inquire using the contact form below.
An Afternoon of Mussar is cosponsored by The Mussar Institute and the Contra Costa Jewish Day School
Contra Costa Jewish Day School
955 Risa Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
Map link: http://bit.ly/1HywxSi
We are still working on the overall theme for An Afternoon of Mussar with Alan Morinis and Friends. What we do know is that the sessions will be highly interactive. You’ll have multiple opportunities to meet people from your local region and the Bay Area as a whole. We’re bringing together the various existing Mussar communities, as well as newcomers from all over the Bay Area.
Mussar is about doing, not talking, and this program will be no exception. This is a highly interactive program, with specialized content for both novice and more experienced practitioners. You’ll have a chance to work in pairs, small groups, as well as community learning.
We’ll have great food, music, text study, and discussion galore. And, as is the custom with Mussar, we’ll be sharing from the heart in a safe and welcoming environment.
For the first time, we’ll have a track for 6-8th graders. Inquire below for more info.
The teachers for An Afternoon of Mussar are:
Alan Morinis is Dean of The Mussar Institute, which he founded in 2004. Raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he earned his doctorate in anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. Alan has written books and produced films and taught at several universities. He is a leading interpreter of Mussar teachings about which he regularly gives lectures and workshops. His journey to discover Mussar is recorded in his book Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (2002). His guide to Mussar practice, Everyday Holiness, was published in 2007. His book on Judaism as a practice of personal transformation is With Heart in Mind (2014).
Rabbi Camille Shira Angel teaches Mussar, Shoah, and the Modern State of Israel to 8th graders at the Brandeis School of San Francisco. Ordained from HUC-JIR in 1995, Angel served as a congregational rabbi for twenty years prior to this incarnation.
Greg Marcus is a practitioner, facilitator, and innovator of American Mussar. He does not talk about his accomplishments, although his grandmother will happily tell you about his Ph.D from MIT. He is a recovering workaholic who after 10 years as a marketer in Silicon Valley, became a speaker, author, and stay-at-home dad. Greg created the popular Mussar program at Congregation Beth AM in Los Altos. and he has a Ph.D. from MIT. His first Mussar book: The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar will be published in September. His Mussar app The Pocket Mensch will be available in the fall.
Kendra Fried is the founder of Neshamah Yoga & Wellness.™ She is a yoga therapist, educator, and facilitator of embodied Judaism and spirituality. Kendra is a board certified holistic health counselor, and a graduate of the Yoga and Jewish Wisdom Teacher Training offered by Jewish Learning Works in San Francisco. Her soul’s passion and calling are to guide people inward on a journey toward healing, transformation, and a deeper connection to themselves and the Divine.