Founder

E-mail: andalin@ruach.org
Phone: 602-321-3336
Brief info

Rabbi 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 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.

In addition, she has recently been working to produce an important video series entitled “Women Mystics and Saints” as portrayed by Rabbi Leah Novick. The first four videos of this series were released this July from the midst of the darkness of the 2020-2021 pandemic. Praise Shekhinah!

Reb Mazeltov now partners with Reb Alan in continuing the joys of Jewish Renewal within our community and expanding Ruach Hamidbar’s presence to the reach of a global community through the miracle of Zoom.

Rabbi Sarah Leah resides in Scottsdale with her husband Steve Klemow, a Realtor.

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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