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Mount Zion Mussar Mondays

Mon October 12

Four different Mussar groups (vaadim) will meet on the same Mondays this Fall.
Dates: October 12 and 26; November 9 and 23; December 7 and 21. Sign up for one

  1. 4:00-5:15 pm – for everyone, facilitated by Rabbi Esther Adler
  2. 7:00-8:15 pm – for young adults, facilitated by Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
  3. 7:00-8:15 pm – for everyone, facilitated by Julie Dean*
  4. 7:30-8:45 pm – for parents, facilitated by Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein

Mussar may best be described as “Jewish spiritual ethics” and has been practiced for centuries by people who sought to cultivate and strengthen the qualities of the inner mensch. This is the seventh year that Mussar has been offered at Mount Zion. Come join in small group study as we explore Jewish teachings on humility, patience, honor, and trust and discover how we can improve these qualities in our own life. Conversations will be in a safe, supportive, exciting, and collaborative environment. We believe that these sessions will work for those familiar with Mussar and those just starting. There are no pre-requisites nor is Hebrew required.

We are using Rabbi David Jaffe’s curriculum this year. Rabbi Jaffe suggests that by participating in a Mussar group, you will be able to:

  • Build a structured and meaningful, personal spiritual practice
  • Act with integrity, bridging your inner and outer worlds
  • Find personal relevance in Jewish tradition and texts

Costs: The fee per person covers program materials and curriculum from Rabbi Jaffe’s Kirva Institute. $54 plus any free will offering. Financial support is available from our clergy.

*Julie Dean is a long-standing Mount Zion member and Jewish educator, who is passionate about the real-world application of Mussar learning.

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