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Dr. Alan Morinis

Dr. Alan Morinis, DPhil. is the Founder of The Mussar Institute and an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of the Mussar tradition, about which he regularly gives lectures and workshops. Born and raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he studied social anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning his doctorate at that university. He has written books and produced films and documentaries and has taught at several universities. For the past twenty years the nearly-lost Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his passion, a journey recorded in the book Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (Broadway 2002). His guide to Mussar, entitled Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar, was published in 2007 and become a best-selling handbook to Mussar for this generation. His guide to Mussar practice, Every Day, Holy Day, came out in 2010. His newest book, With Heart in Mind, was published in August 2014 (all from Trumpeter Books).

Rabbi Eric Gurvis

Rabbi Eric Gurvis is a graduate of the SUNY-Albany, and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Eric has served congregations in New York City; Jackson, Mississippi; Teaneck, NJ; Newton, MA and most recently Congregation Sha'arei Shalom in Ashland, MA. Eric is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem; and has trained with The Mussar Institute, as a Va’ad leader. He facilitates Mussar groups in congregations throughout the greater Boston area, as well as in Western Masaachusetts. Eric lives in Newton with his wife, Laura. Eric and Laura have four children, and most recently, an almost two-year old grandson in whom they take great delight.

Rabbi Marcia Plumb is the Rabbi of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, and has taught Mussar for 30 years. Before moving to Boston she served as a congregational and day school rabbi, and created and led the Spiritual Formation Program for Leo Baeck College, a Rabbinic Seminary, in London UK.

Caryl Shaw has been a Mussar devotee for 8 years. She is a graduate of Manchim, the Mussar Institute's advanced facilitator training program. Caryl is currently leading several Mussar va'ads at Shir Tikva in Wayland.

More incredible speakers will be presenting at the conference. Check back soon.


Sun, February 16 2020 21 Shevat 5780