Frequently Asked Questions
We hope these FAQs will be helpful to you – and please feel free to contact us with your own!
What is the essence of the CCM program?
How is your program different from other Mussar programs?
What’s the best level for me?
Do I have to be Jewish to participate?
Do I have to believe in God?
Do I have to practice traditional Judaism?
Do I have to know Hebrew?
What are middot?
What is a madrich/ah?
The madrich/ah is your teacher, who will guide you through the phases and steps of our program.
What is a va'ad?
Is the va'ad group therapy?
We are not a therapeutic program. We hope that our students have done what we call “pre-Mussar work,” which enables them to build a strong enough ego to take another person’s burden into consideration. Our work together in a va’ad follows strict protocols that create a safe container for participants to share vulnerability with one another. The feedback that fellow participants give is about themselves and the impact on themselves of the situation presented. If you would like more clarification, please speak to the madrich/ah, with whom you are planning to study.
Are the groups confidential?
Are CCM groups LGBTQ+ friendly?
How much time is required each week?
When do courses start? How long are they?
How much do the courses cost?
Do you have a sliding scale or scholarship program?
If you would like to participate in a class, but finances are a barrier, CCM can offer you a payment plan. Partial scholarships will also be available on a limited basis. Please contact our Treasurer, Marty Jacobs, to apply for a scholarship: [email protected]
What is your payment and refund policy?
How can I find out more about CCM's programs?
We welcome your questions — feel free to contact us at any time!
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