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Dr. Alan Morinis Assumes New Role as Founder of The Mussar Institute

Dateline – 10/11/2018  Philadelphia, PA

The Mussar Institute announces Dr. Alan Morinis will step down as Dean of The Mussar Institute, a role he held for 14 years, to become Founder. Dr. Alan Morinis is widely considered to be the leading figure in the contemporary revival of the Mussar movement, a 1,100-year-old authentic Jewish personal and communal spiritual tradition that was nearly lost following the Holocaust. A filmmaker, Rhodes Scholar, and anthropologist whose focus had been Hindu religious pilgrimages, he began to explore Mussar following a personal crisis in 1997.

Morinis sought private instruction under Rabbi Yechiel Perr, an accomplished master who stood in an unbroken line of transmission of the Mussar tradition. Following years of study, Dr. Morinis reinterpreted the ancient Mussar learnings and practices for modern audiences in Climbing Jacob’s Ladder and Everyday Holiness. To address growing public interest in Mussar, he founded The Mussar Institute in 2004. He went on to author two more books, Every Day, Holy Day, and With Heart in MindMore.

Dr. Pamela Rollins Named President of the Board of The Mussar Institute

Dateline – 8/20/2018  Philadelphia, PA

Pam Rollins, Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, has been elected President of the Board of The Mussar Institute (TMI). A researcher and educator, Dr. Rollins has spent the last 35 years dedicated to understanding, identifying, and treating children on the Autism Spectrum. Since 2009, she has practiced Mussar and facilitated TMI courses at Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, one of the largest reform congregations in the United States.

“We are honored that Dr. Rollins has taken on this important role,” said Steven Kraus, Executive Director of The Mussar Institute. “She is an extraordinary leader who brings expertise in both education and Mussar at a time when our organization and worldwide reach is growing. As demand for our facilitator training, in particular, is increasing, we deeply value her guidance.”  More.


Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar (2007) by Alan Morinis is Named One of the Top Five Mindfulness Books 

Dateline – 7/12/2018 Moment Magazine

Morinis’s book is the classic guide to understanding Mussar, a Jewish spiritual practice that developed in the 19th century and includes contemplative practices and exercises. Morinis, who founded the Mussar Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, has played a key role in the contemporary revival of the Mussar movement. If you are interested in learning about a historic Jewish mindfulness practice, this is the book for you.” More.



Getting Better at Getting Better by Brett Steenbarger

Dateline – 2/25/2018  Forbes Magazine

The trading and money management world provides a unique laboratory for studying methods that accelerate the development of professionals. This is partly because progress is readily measurable in terms of profits, losses, and risk management. It is also due to the fact that traders need to develop steadily or they cannot financially survive their learning curves. This urgency has led hedge funds and other trading firms to innovate with performance techniques that speed learning and development. One technique that has shown dramatic potential is the daily report card.  More.