Help Build the Pocket Mensch App

$9,183   raised
GOAL: $9,000

132

 Donors

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

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The Jewish Innovation

They call me the Mussar Man, because I live and breath Mussar, a 1000 year old Jewish spiritual practice of becoming a Mensch. I have a long way to go, as do we all. But Mussar has brought me closer.

Rabbi Israel Salanter, the leader of the 19th century Mussar Movement said that it is every Mussar practitioner’s duty to help spread Mussar. I started teaching Mussar two months after I started practicing it.

The class became a book called “The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar.” I’ve written the book to appeal to the 70% of Jews who do not belong to a synagogue by writing in English only, and providing alternatives to “God Talk.”

One of my students suggested we create an app. We designed it, and now we need your help to build the Pocket Mensch. The book and app are scheduled to be out in September.

You can be a part of this story – please make a contribution to join the movement.

The Impact

Mussar was almost lost in the Holocaust. Many people have worked to bring Mussar back, and you can help bring it to a new generation in the 21st century. You can be part of this story.

Beyond that, let’s face it – Judaism is in a crisis. 70% of Jewish Americans are not in a synagogue, and younger Jews have a less strong Jewish identity than older generations.

We need to offer alternative ways to be Jewish. Having a mensch in your pocket is just the kind of thing that can help Jews of all denominations live according to the spirit of the Torah without having to go to the synagogue or study text.

And of course for people like me who already practice Mussar, the Pocket Mensch will make that practice easier and more impactful.
Your contribution will help restore Mussar and bring more light into the world.

What Will You Do with the Money?

Originally, the Pocket Mensch was scoped to help you with your personal Mussar practice, meet others practicing Mussar, and to be the ITunes of Mussar, where you could download lessons from many Mussar teachers. The same vision holds today. However, it is best practice to start with the most important features, then add on. So, the first version will have the personal practice piece only, which we can do for $10K. – You’ve seen most of that functionality in the video.

We’ll go from the wireframes (skeletal frameworks for each screen) to a fully robust app that you can hold in your hand.

Put a Mensch in Your Pocket – pick a prize, make a contribution, and almost immediately you can start practicing Mussar via the thank you gifts.

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

This campaign is currently closed.

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Judaism & Holidays | Technology

Help Build the Pocket Mensch App

$9,183   raised
GOAL: $9,000

132

 Donors

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Campaign by
Greg Marcus

American Mussar is a 21st Century Jewish spiritual practice for living an authentic and meaningful life. Mussar teaches us how to find those things inside that cause us to get stuck, and offers a step by step way to find balance through small, mindful actions in everyday life. American Mussar was started by Greg Marcus, based on a Mussar class he has been teaching for years. Greg has a Ph.D. from MIT, and worked 10 years as a marketer before becoming a stay-at-home dad, writer, and speaker. His book "The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar" will be published in September by Llewellyn.

  • Gratitude
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    Thank you for helping us create the Pocket Mensch. We'll send you a thank you email, and notification when the Pocket Mench is launched!

  • Mussar Sampler
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    We'll send you a Thank You email, and you will be enrolled in the 13 Week American Mussar Sampler, a $36 value. You can start to practice Mussar just a few minutes a day.

  • Preview
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    We'll send you a thank you email, plus a PDF of the introduction to the "Spiritual Practice of Good Actions" in the late summer.

  • Patience
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    Everything in the Mussar Sampler, the PDF of the introduction, plus a copy of the book when it is released in September.

  • Beta Tester
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    Mussar Sampler, the intro chapter, plus an opportunity to beta test the Pocket Mensch

  • Webinar
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    You'll get the sampler, the intro chapter, the thank you AND an invitation to private webinar to learn about Mussar. With live Q&A.

  • Webinar and Book
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    You'll get the sampler, the intro chapter, the thank you, an invitation to private webinar to learn about Mussar. With live Q&A. And a copy of The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions

  • Book and Beta Test
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    Mussar Sampler, the intro chapter, plus an opportunity to beta test the Pocket Mensch and a copy of the Spiritual Practice of Good Actions

  • Truth
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    Mussar Sampler, intro chapter, plus one hour Skype call to teach you about Mussar, discuss your spiritual curriculum, or talk to you about your Soul Trait Profile Quiz results. $250 value

  • Designer
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    Mussar Sampler, intro chapter, Beta Tester AND you will have a front row seat to the user interface design. You'll see the screen mockups, and be able to give feedback before the coding even begins!

  • Virtual Mussar Group
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    Start practicing Mussar in community via G+ or similar video hangout technology. Humility, Patience, Enthusiasm & Trust Soul Traits 1 hour a week for 8 weeks

  • Study Partner - 3 month
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    Mussar sampler, intro chapter, plus Greg will be your study partner, meeting for 1 hour once a month for a three months a $750 value

  • Mensch
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    Judaism teaches that the highest form of giving is to help someone else anonymously and proactively.

  • Community Mensch
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    Pick the first philanthropy to receive 10% of the the author’s book royalties. Be listed at the top of the Thank you page on AmericanMussar.com as The Community Mensch. Included in the acknowledgements section of the book as The Community Mensch. Receive a personalized copy of the book. (Anonymous ok too)

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