How to Register for Classes

We have changed our registration process recently, so both new and continuing students should read the following information carefully –

ALL STUDENTS

We are upgrading our website with new special features to serve students; therefore, all students (whether new or continuing) must create a free Student Account. This one-time process will allow you to register for courses online and will expedite the process in the future. If you have not already created your Student Account, please do so here, so that you will be able to register for classes smoothly.

The current standard fee for most semester-long courses is $325. 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 treasurer@contemporarymussar.org to discuss a payment plan or apply for a scholarship.

These scholarships are supported by tax-deductible donations to our program, so please consider adding a donation to your course fee so that others may be able to study.

Payment is due before the first class, preferably using PayPal, unless a payment plan has been arranged in advance. (If you need to set up a payment plan, please first create a Student Account and then contact admin@contemporarymussar.org.)

  • If you do not have a PayPal account, you can set up a secure, no-fee account linked to either a bank account or a credit card at PayPal.com – or you can use a credit/debit card to pay as a guest through PayPal. (Non-US residents will need to use their own country’s PayPal website.)
  • If paying by check is your only option, please first create a Student Account and then contact admin@contemporarymussar.org for instructions. (When mailing your check, please download the CCM Student Transmittal Form, which must accompany your payment for proper credit to be applied to your account.)

An 80% refund will be issued if one withdraws before the 3rd class; no refunds will be issued after that time.

NEW STUDENTS

Before registering, you should have a conversation with the Instructor(s) of your intended class, to introduce yourself and make sure the class is a good fit for you.

In addition to registering for the course, you will need to obtain the book used in our classes – Mesillat Yesharim: The Path of the Just, by Moses Hayyim Luzzatto, specifically the edition translated by Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, with an introduction and commentary by Rabbi Ira F. Stone (Jewish Publication Society: 2010). Expect it to cost approximately $45; you can order it from the publisher, a bookstore, or other online purveyor.

Online classes are conducted on the videoconferencing platform Zoom.us. The Zoom service is free; however it requires high-speed internet service and a device with a built-in camera and mic (but not a mobile phone). If you are registering for an online class, please download and become familiar with the Zoom software before your first session.

REMINDER: To register for classes on-line, you must

  1. Have a Student Account
  2. Have either a PayPal account or a debit/credit card to use as a PayPal guest
  3. Be logged in…

A pious Jew is not one who worries about their fellow’s soul and their own stomach; a pious Jew worries about their own soul and their fellow person’s stomach.

Rabbi Israel Salanter

Founder of the Mussar Movement