Staff and Spiritual Leaders


Eliyahu Eckelberg

Eliyahu Eckelberg serves Spirit of the Desert as Treasurer. Eliyahu, known to have a sweet tooth, first discovered Ruach Hamidbar when he thought he was going to a “Spirit of the Dessert” event. Afterward, he realized it was all for the good because the services and the music were as sweet as the kiddish. Eliyahu knew he had found his spiritual home and became a member. Among many other things, Eliyahu was blessed to have assisted Spirit of the Desert in obtaining funding for its innovative Valley-wide Cool Kabbalah Event & Workshop series. In his professional life, he is a CPA specializing in personal taxes and wealth management. He is noted for estates and trusts and Canadian related tax matters.


JenniferJennifer Blohm

Jennifer Blohm provides office support to Ruach Hamidbar and enjoys helping congregants so they have a wonderful experience with Ruach both inside and outside of the services! On a personal note, she loves spending time with her husband and son and some of her pastimes include playing the mountain dulcimer, hiking, and swimming.


Alan BachmanRabbinic Intern Alan Bachman

We warmly welcome our new Rabbinic Intern, Alan Scott Bachman – Avraham Shlomo. He is a Rabbinical Student in Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Alan is on the Board of the North American Interfaith Network and was Sacred Music Night Director for the Parliament of World Religions. He has been coming with his band to our High Holy Days services for 23 years and loves our wonderful Ruach Hamidbar community. He and his wife, Andalin (Flutist and Vocalist) are part of Desert Wind band.They reside in Salt Lake City, where Alan works as assistant attorney general for the state of Utah. We look forward to Alan joining us for some of our Shabbat and holy day services this year.

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PinnaPinna Joseph – Cantorial Soloist

Pinna Joseph has been the Cantorial Soloist at Ruach Hamidbar for the past 24 years. She also offers workshops, classes, and individual sessions in chanting, relaxation, and breath. Pinna has Yoga of the Voice certification from The Vox Mundi School of the Voice and international singer, teacher, and music therapist Silvia Nakkach of The Vox Mundi Project. She studies voice with valley jazz coach and pianist Charles Lewis, and has studied with singer Susan Osborn, who teaches full expression of the voice, and with valley voice teacher Catherine Dockendorff. She has traveled to Brazil and Hawaii to learn chants of those cultures while studying Tibetan, Hindu, and Sanskrit chanting. In her classes, Pinna teaches Hebrew and English chants in addition to these.


john-hinton-bio-pic-150x105John “Shlomo” Hinton – Guitar and Vocals

John “Shlomo” Hinton has been involved in devotional music since childhood. Having created songs, chants, and dances that honor many of the world’s spiritual traditions, John brings a universal quality to his music. He has been inspired by the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Rebbe Michael Shapiro. John is a musician, writer, poet, artist and leader of the Dances of Universal Peace.
Listen to John here.


DanielDaniel Hirtz – Drums

Daniel is a gifted and joyfully energetic multi-cultural percussionist and is the founder of the Tune into Life Process, the Breathe for Peace project. Visit his website Daniel Hirtz. He is a regular at Ruach playing tabla and djembe, and is our sound technician. This year Daniel will be offering drumming classes through Ruach.

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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

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