Mussar at Mount Zion

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The World of Mussar is opening before you … and you are invited to enter.

Our Mount Zion community is expanding our program of study and practice in the way of the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar and everyone is invited to join! 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. There are no pre-requisites nor is Hebrew required.

Come join in small group study as we explore together what the Jewish tradition has to teach us about the traits of humility, gratitude, equanimity, patience, order, and honor among others – and discover how you can improve these qualities in your own life. We will explore these traits together in a safe, supportive, exciting, and collaborative environment.

New to Mussar?

Seeking Everyday Holiness – with Rabbi Heidi Waldmann – At the center of this course is the inspiring book Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis, Dean of The Mussar Institute. The course will delve into 9 of the most important soul-traits (middot in Hebrew) that the book covers. The course involves group meetings and personal study and practice.

Rabbi Heidi Waldmann, a member of Mount Zion, was ordained through the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2005, followed by three years leading a Reform Congregation in Plattsburgh, NY, and eight years as Staff Chaplain at Indiana University Health North Hospital.


Tuesday evenings (7-9 pm) at the Roseville Library (2180 Hamline Ave)
Nov 7, 21; Dec 5, 19; Jan 9, 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 3
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Leadership Development Mussar with Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker – Using the Seeking Everyday Holiness curriculum, Rabbi Spilker will lead members of the Mount Zion Board of Directors and Kehillah Council in a journey of exploring leadership from the inside out. Together, we will study 9 core middot, engage in group discussion, and share our personal practices. We will discuss how these soul traits impact ourselves, our congregation, and our perspectives as leaders. Come be a part of this dynamic learning circle of leadership!


Monday evenings (7-9 pm) at Mount Zion
Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 18; Jan 8, 22; Feb 12, 26
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Cost for either class?

The fee per person – including a book, materials, and webinars for the year is based on The Mussar Institute’s charge for use of their program materials. We are offering a sliding scale. Choose the fee that feels most comfortable for you: $72 (scholarship option) or $150 (our true costs) or $218 (sustainer option). Additional support is available from our clergy.

Already have Background in Mussar?

If you have already taken “Seeking Everyday Holiness”, you can sign up for “Adventures in Mussar.”

Adventures in Mussarongoing middot study with Julie Dean – We will continue deepening our daily personal practice as well as our study of middot in these dynamic, inspiring learning groups. Participants will study both modern and traditional texts, including modern commentators, Kabbalistic interpretations, and Chasidic literature. Groups include guided visualization, chant, meditation, and experiential activities. Participants work closely with a chevruta (study partner) throughout the course. The Sunday group will be embarking on their fifth season of Mussar together. The Wednesday group welcomes new and returning participants committed to dedicated study, learning, and practice of Mussar.

When? Two options both facilitated by Julie Dean:

Sunday afternoons (4-6 pm) – in Uptown, Minneapolis, ALREADY FULL
Oct 22, Nov 5, 19, Dec 3, 17, Jan 14, 28, Feb 11, 25, Mar 11, 25, Apr 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3
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Wednesday mornings (11am-1 pm) – held at Mount Zion, 6 openings
Oct 25; Nov 8, 22; Dec 6, 20; Jan 10, 24; Feb 7, 21; Mar 7, 21; Apr 4, 18; May 2, 16, 30
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We are offering a sliding scale. Choose the fee that feels most comfortable for you: $109 (scholarship option) or $218 (our true costs) or $324 (sustainer option). Additional support is available from our clergy.

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