Seeking a Heart of Wisdom


A Study Group Integrating
Mussar, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology

The study and practice of Mussar, or Tikkun ha’middot ,offers a powerful set of tools for psycho-spiritual growth.   Its focus on cultivating the core virtues that make us whole, provides a guide to self-realization. Each of us, teach the Mussar masters, comes into the world with certain innate soul strengths and weaknesses. Through tikkun ha’middot we learn to better utilize our gifts and develop greater awareness and mastery in those areas where we are challenged.

 This study group will provide an intimate setting for engaging in this inner transformational work. The curriculum will draw on insights from the Jewish mystical and Mussar traditions, Jewish ethical teachings, along with contemporary wisdom from the field of Positive psychology. Bi-monthly meetings will include instruction in mindfulness meditation and focused text study on the virtues, including: gratitude, , humility, courage, faith/trust, equanimity, patience, perseverance, joy, compassion, generosity, loving-kindness, honesty and more.

Thursdays 7:15-9:00 pm at Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica  

The class is ongoing and registration is quarterly. Participants may register for the spring sections in mid to late March at Lehrhaus Judaica. There will be a break for the summer and then start up again in the Fall 2015.

Winter: Jan. 15, 29, Feb. 12, 26, Mar 12, 26 ($150 general public, $110 for members) (Class is full)
Spring: April 16, 30, May 14, 28, Jun 11, 25 ($150 general public, $110 for members)

 EARN CEU’s: This course meets the qualifications for up to 24 hours of CE for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs as required by the California BBS PCE#2550. Additional fee of $15 for CEUs payable to instructor.

estelleEstelle Frankel, MFT is a practicing
psychotherapist, spiritual advisor, and seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism and meditation who blends depth psychology with the healing wisdom and spiritual practices of the Kabbalah. She has taught Jewish studies in Israel and throughout the U.S. for over 35 years and is the author of numerous essays on Judaism and psychology as well as the award winning book, Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing & Inner Wholeness. www.sacredtherapy.com