High Holy Days

You are invited to join us for joyful, transformative, uplifting, deep, and meaningful High Holy Days services.

In our deeply moving services, you will experience your connection to the Divine. We weave together a brilliant tapestry of inspirational prayer experiences through singing, chanting, dancing, drumming, meditation, storytelling, and healing. Our community is a mixture of Jews and spiritual seekers of every level of observance, young and old, single, and partnered, GLBTQ, and differently-abled. You don’t need to know Hebrew, the prayers, or the tunes. All are warmly welcomed to experience the joy and depth of the High Holy Days.


High Holy Days Services 5778 – 2017

Pre-High Holy Day Service

Friday, September 8, 7:30-9:30pm

All Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are held
in the Fellowship Hall at the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church
11735 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah Eve: Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00pm

Rosh Hashanah First Day Service: Thursday, September 21 at 9:30am


Second Day Rosh Hashanah Boat Trip on Saguaro Lake:
Friday, September 22 at 9:30am
Separate reservation necessary. Click here for Second Day Boat Trip reservation form.
Adult Members: $25 Adult Non-Members: $36
Children over 12, College Students: $10
Military: Free


Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Eve: Friday, September 29 at 6:45pm
Yom Kippur Day: Saturday, September 30 at 9:30am
Yizkor Service: 4:30pm
Neila Service: 6:00pm



October 5-13

Sukot and Simchat Torah details will be posted here as soon as they are available.


We offer one free service for those who have not attended our High Holy Day services before. To register, please e-mail office@ruach.org with your name, phone number and the service you wish to attend. We will send you an email confirmation.

Please take this opportunity on the High Holy Days to remember your loved ones with the gift of tzedakah or honor your friend or family with a commemoration. It takes a lot of time to put our booklet together. Please complete the High Holy Tickets form, including the Yizkor book section, as soon as possible.

Become a member of Ruach and support our unique services, drumming circles, healing circles, Rosh Chodesh (the new moon) gatherings, Shabbat salons and more.

To make a special tzedakah donation, click here.

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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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