Warm and Welcoming

Spirit of the Desert is a warm and welcoming Jewish Renewal community that seeks to provide joyful transformative healing and relevant spirituality. We are passionately committed to reconnecting Jews back to their roots and we draw upon mystical and Chassidic traditions.


Joyful and Celebratory

Joyful celebration, storytelling, song, chant, dance, meditation, and kabbalah study are just some of the practices gleaned from our treasured tradition. Guest Rabbis and musicians frequent Ruach Hamidbar, revitalizing us with their kabbalistic teachings, storytelling, chanting, meditations, and unique musical gifts. We offer many opportunities throughout the year for learning and growth.


Spiritual and Educational

Building a community, any community, requires several invaluable ingredients. The most important of which is you.

Building a Jewish Renewal community that is a safe haven for those who are new to Jewish practice, as well as those who have felt disenfranchised and disconnected from other forms of Judaism, requires a bit more – it requires active participation. Because the vision that our founders have handed to us is one of co-creation, we encourage you to get involved.

Blending torah, kabbalah, meditation, music, and art into a 21st century relevant spirituality is both challenging and uplifting. We encourage you to bring all your talents to the table and to be your beautiful selves.

We offer classes in Torah, Kabbalah and Chassidus, Kabbalah Kirtan, Shekhinah Sukah, Women and Men’s Groups, Healing Circle, Drumming Circle, T’ai Chi, and an annual Magical Mystical Tour to the Holyland.

We also host a wide range of Spirit Salons with special guest Rabbis, musicians, and artists throughout the year.


Egalitarian Community

Ruach Hamidbar is an egalitarian community that cares deeply about all life and is committed to “Tikkun Olam” the healing of the world. We strive to bring healing to the world through the promotion of Torah, mitzvot, tzedakah, environmental responsibility, and profound caring for all life. All Jews and spiritual seekers are welcome and no Hebrew or background is necessary.


Accepting and Non-Judgmental

We are an accepting and non-judgmental community of diverse backgrounds and varied levels of observance woven together by the desire to enrich our lives through Jewish spiritual practice. We are GLBTQ and differently-abled friendly.

Everyone is welcomed into our community. Come and join us! You will be inspired and have fun!

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Service Locations

Check our calendar for dates

Monthly Friday Night Shabbat services
Fridays at 7:30 pm
North Scottsdale United Methodist Church
11735 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Monthly Shabbat morning services
Saturdays at 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

Click on the following to send an email to the person directly:

Rabbi Sarah Leah Grafstein
Jennifer Blohm
Eliyahu Eckelberg

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