Gary Karp has been a musician for almost his entire life, picking up guitar and learning Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan songs at the age of eight. He began piano lessons when he was nine, and had the honor of attending the Interlochen International Music Camp in Northern Michigan at the age of twelve. Gary began performing as a soloist in cafes and local concerts in the early 70s around the Detroit area where he grew up, and then in the Northern California Bay Area where he moved in 1984 for his computer graphics career.

He was a presence in the Renewal community there, and had the honor of being backup guitarist with the Chochmat HaLev band led by Brian Schachter-Brooks until he moved to the Desert of the Sun in 2013. His work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a disability specialist kept him away for long stretches, but now as a reservist with FEMA, Gary is home more of the time, and able to play his blessed role as principle musician for Ruach Hamidbar.

About Us

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.

Contact us

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

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Rebbitzen Andalin
Eliyahu Eckelberg
Rabbi Sarah Leah Mazeltov


Services Location

Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat services

Currently services are through Zoom until such time that we may safely resume in-person meetings.

Various times and locations. Please visit our home page, our Shabbat Services page, or our calendar.

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