As the sun starts rising later in the morning, enabling me to awaken early enough to catch it on the beach when I am there, it also gives me the bittersweet reminder that summer is coming to a close.  I hope you are enjoying your summer; maybe you are catching up on seeing friends and family you haven’t seen in over a year, reading delicious novels and dodging the extreme weather that has been battering all areas of the country (and world).  We at CCM have been busy planning for an exciting roster of fall programming, and we hope you will find something to help you on your Mussar journey, whether you are a new student or a graduate looking to deepen your understanding and practice.  

Among the programs that you will find highlighted in this newsletter are:

  • Rabbi Stone’s new class on the French philosopher Emanuel Levinas, whose ideas inform so much of CCM’s teaching;
  • A new Foundations class for beginning students, taught by Madrichah Carol Daniels;
  • A new class for advanced students with Madrich Herb Levine that takes a deep dive into Tikkun by exploring Tomer Devorah’s later chapters;
  • A new monthly practice lab with Dr. Beulah Trey, CCM’s Mashgiach Ruchani (Director of Curriculum and Practice); and
  • CCM’s new partnership with Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, OR

Stay tuned for an announcement soon about our Rabbinic Advisory Council’s program for the coming year.  Because the holidays are so early this year, we will be starting our programming after the holidays.  

From all of the Board of Directors at CCM, we wish you a contemplative passage through the month of Elul, and a sweet New Year.


Nancy Axelrod, Chair