Rabbi Sarah Leah Grafstein
Reb Sarah Leah founded Ruach Hamidbar – Spirit of the Desert in 1989. She is committed to inspiring, educating and supporting people to joyfully experience and celebrate their Jewishness. Reb Sarah Leah blends her background in the arts and traditional Judaism with Jewish renewal spirituality, chassidut, and kabbalah.
Her mentors include Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi from whom she received her Rabbinic ordination. Reb Sarah Leah is also an accomplished documentarian and is the producer of a growing multi-volume DVD library on the topic of Jewish Renewal. She is currently completing a feature documentary about Jewish Renewal.
Rabbi Sarah Leah resides in Scottsdale with her husband Steve Klemow, a Realtor, and their son Shlomo Ziggy.
Rabbi Alan Scott Bachman (Avraham Shlomo)
Rabbi Alan received smicha on January 12, 2020 through Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. His rabbinical journey really began 25 years ago, when he was called as a musician to perform music for Ruach Hamidbar from his Kabbalah Shekhinah CD. He studied at Eastman School of Music while growing up in Rochester, New York. Within two days of receiving a blessing from Rabbi Sarah Leah Mazeltov he met his beshert, Andalin. While working as an assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah and then private practice, Alan continued with the musical compositions, performances, and recordings of his band, Desert Wind ~ all leading to his spiritual presence as Chair of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, Musical Chair for Sacred Music Night for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, hospital Chaplain Intern with St. Mark’s Hospital, and now current chair of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN).
Through the years, he has returned regularly to Ruach Hamidbar where he became our rabbinical intern. Rabbi Alan emerges with a depth of knowledge and experience in the traditions of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank, Rabbi Sarah Leah Grafstein, and Rabbi Leah Novick. We are now honored to welcome him as our Associate Rabbi.