Making Mussar Part of Your Life – Class Beginning Sep 6

(From Press Release) – Congregation Bet Haverim is once again pleased to offer Mussar, beginning on Thursday September 6th at 7:30 pm in the Congregation Bet Haverim Social Hall, 1715 Anderson Rd.

Mussar is the ancient Jewish approach to personal ethics and values.  Drawn from Torah and Talmud, it is both a spiritual perspective and a discipline that can transform your life.  With a Mussar practice, you can learn how to develop your best qualities and incorporate them into your daily life.  The principles of Mussar will impact how you relate to people in your life by mindfully working on values such as patience, humility, compassion, lovingkindness, and truth.  In this class, you’ll learn the history of this uniquely Jewish perspective, and begin working with a ‘chevruta’ or partner. Together you will work on different soul traits with the guidance of Mussar masters both ancient and present day.

Making Mussar Part of Your Life is a 14 lesson program with 7 Va’ad (group) sessions and 7 Chevrutah (study partner) sessions.  Va’ad meetings at Bet Haverim will be held on September 6 and 27th, October 25th, November 8th,  and 29th ,  December 13th, and in 2019 on January 3rd.

Chevrutah sessions will be scheduled in between class sessions at the convenience of the partners.  Students will purchase Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis, and all supplemental reading material will be provided by the instructor.

Deni Deutsch Marshall, the instructor, is a Mussar Institute-trained facilitator who has facilitated Mussar groups, Spiritual Direction groups and Jewish Meditation in our community for the past seven years.

The fee for the program is $154.00 paid to CBH.   Space is limited. To sign up please contact Doug Walter at  For more information contact Deni Marshall at

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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