• Rabbi Sarah Leah Blowing Shofar
  • Daniel. John, Pinna, Rabbi Sarah Leah
  • Congregants praying
  • Joyous celebration
  • Spiritual leaders and musicians
  • Eliyahu and Bobbie
  • Under Tallit at the Torah
  • Group photo in library
  • Rabbi Sarah Leah and Jerome
  • Rabbi and family
  • Rabbi and Steve in tye-dyed shirts
  • Joyce on the boat at Tashlich
  • John Hinton
  • James on the boat at Tashlich

“You are warmly invited to come join us. Our vibrant and meaningful services and classes are sure to add depth and meaning that will enrich your life. We look forward to meeting you!” ~Reb Sarah Leah Grafstein

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We are a small, friendly community of egalitarian Jews and spiritual seekers of all ages and backgrounds. Join us for joyful prayer, song, dance, music, meditation, story-telling and drumming.

Experience Jewish Renewal and Carlebach Shabbat and holy days services, Torah, kabbalah and chassidus classes, Drum Shalom drumming and healing circles and spiritual salons with special guest teachers, artists and musicians.

No Hebrew or background is necessary. GLBTQ and differently-abled friendly. Everyone is welcome! Easy access to the Rabbi.

Get Ready For High Holy Days

For a pdf of Reb Zalman’s translation of Psalm 27, click here.

Shofar Videos


Shofar Audio

Listen to Reb Sarah Leah

Listen to Reb Sarah Leah and Tiferet


Second Day Rosh Hashanah on the Boat

What's Coming Up

High Holy Days

For more information, click here.

For a flyer, click here.

All Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, except the Second Day Rosh Hashanah Boat Trip on Saguaro Lake, are held in the Fellowship Hall at the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church
11735 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Rosh Hashanah Eve Service
Sunday, October 2 at 7:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah First Day Service
Monday, October 3 at 9:30 am

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Boat Trip
Wednesday, October 4 from 9:15 am to noon
For more information and to register for the boat trip, click here.

Yom Kippur Eve Kol Nidray
Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 pm

Yom Kippur Day Service
Wednesday, October 12 at 9:30 am

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service
Wednesday, October 12 at 4:30 pm
followed by Mincha and Neila at 6:00 pm
and FREE Break the Fast
Break the Fast reservations required. Contact office@ruach.org.

Sukot – Location TBA
October 17 – 25

Simchat Torah
Monday, October 24 at 7:30 pm

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There are several meaningful and fun volunteer opportunities available during the High Holy Days and Sukkot.

Drum Shalom
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Service Locations

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Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services
7:30 pm
North Scottsdale United Methodist Church
11735 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Monthly Shabbat morning services
10:00 am
Valley of the Sun JCC
12701 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Contact Us

Office: office@ruach.org
Phone: 602-321-3336

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Rabbi Sarah Leah Grafstein
Jennifer Blohm
Eliyahu Eckelberg

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