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The Jewish Road to Character: A Journey Into the Study and Practice of Mussar

June 10 @ 7:45 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:45 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 10, 2021


An introductory course with Rabbi Eric Gurvis

Thursday evenings, 7:45 – 9:15 pm
8 Sessions: Mar 4, 18, Apr 1, 15, 29, May 13, 27 and Jun 10

In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues that can guide us, uplift us, and inspire us to become the best persons we can be. For the Jewish world, asking such a focus is hardly new. Yet, in our time, we have the uncovering of a rich part of our Jewish heritage which was nearly lost to our people – the study and practice of Mussar. In large part inspired by the work of The Mussar Institute and other contemporary efforts at reclaiming mussar for our day, an ever-expanding number of communities and individuals are bringing the study of Mussar teachings and their accompanying practice into their lives.

In this bi-weekly series, we will delve into the study and practice of some of the Mussar traditions wisdom for our lives in our times. Come travel the “Jewish Road to Character” along this journey into what be a profoundly meaningful and nourishing spiritual practice for our Jewish souls, hearts, and minds.

Class size is limited!
Fee: $216 per semester

Questions? Please contact Terri Swartz Russell

Rabbi Eric Gurvis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, with a BA in Sociology and Judaic Studies, and was ordained as a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Eric has served congregations in New York City; Jackson, Mississippi; Teaneck, New Jersey; and in Newton, Massachusetts. In July 2019 he will begin serving Sha’arei Shalom – a Jewish congregation serving Ashland and Metrowest.

Eric has trained with The Mussar Institute and is a certified Mussar Va’ad leader. He has long been deeply involved in youth activities and Jewish camps, interfaith work, and Israel programming and education. Eric is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute in 2013, where he serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Council. Eric and his wife, Laura Kizner Gurvis have four children and a grandson in whom they take great delight.

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