Jewish teachings on mindfulness SIR @ Shaarei Kodesh

Join Congregation Shaarei Kodesh Scholar in Residence, Alan Morinis!

Back by popluar demand! Alan Morinis, founder of The Mussar Institute, will join us January 8-10, 2016 for a weekend rich in opportunities to learn about Mussar.

FRIDAY EVENING: “What is Mussar and Why Should I Care?"

Join us as Alan Morinis presents the nuts and bolts of Mussar: What sort of Jewish tradition is it? When did it emerge? For what reasons? Answering these and other question will give you an understanding of the who, what, and when of Mussar and eventually the WHY — Why does Mussar matter and why is might it be important for you to learn about it?

SHABBAT MORNING: “Torah Through a Mussar Lens”

A sermon exploring the Mussar lessons we can find in Parshat Vaera.

SHABBAT LUNCH: Text Study: Making Mussar Relevant

During our lunch-and-learn with Alan Morinis, we will engage with an inspiring traditional Mussar text. As we unpack the text together, we will come to realized the relevance Mussar can have as a guide to our lives.

SUNDAY MORNING: Mussar Techniques and Transformative Practices

This two-hour workshop on Mussar practice will provide tips and techniques that will help you put Mussar into practice. Because Mussar is equally a focus of study and a transformative practice, we will close out the weekend with ways to integrate Mussar into your daily life.

Minyan 9 am

Breakfast 9:30 am

Session - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


$18 for one event

$25 for two events

$36 for the entire weekend!


Congregation Shaarei Kodesh

Friday, Jan. 8th, 6pm to Sunday, Jan. 10th, 12pm

19785 Hampton Drive

Boca Raton, FL

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

We thank the South Palm Beach Jewish Federation for helping to underwrite the costs of this program.

Alan Morinis is the Dean of the Mussar Institute and author of four books on the subject of the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar, including Everyday Holiness and With Heart in Mind. He regularly gives lectures and workshops nationally and internationally.

What is Mussar?

Mussar is a path of contemplative practices and exercises that have evolved over the past thousand years to help an individual soul to pinpoint and then to break through the barriers that surround and obstruct the flow of inner light in our lives. Mussar is a treasury of techniques and understandings that offers immensely valuable guidance for the journey of our lives.

The Jewish community spawned Mussar to help people overcome the inner obstacles that hinder them from living up to the laws and commandments—the mitzvot—that form the code of life. That community tends to see Mussar as inseparable from its own beliefs and practices, but the human reality Mussar addresses is actually universal, and the gifts it offers can be used by all people.