Founded in 2000, Ru'ach (which in Hebrew means “spirit”) is a havurah serving the Jewish LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in South Florida. We are committed to fostering a joyous, open and accepting environment for people to meet and enjoy the social, cultural, spiritual and educational opportunities we have to offer.
Year-round, Ru’ach presents a variety of programs at Temple Israel and around Miami, which in the past have included sponsoring writer, scholar and activist Jay Michaelson for a book event at the temple, a Havdalah and social at the Miami Beach LGBT Visitors Center, and attending a performance at the nearby Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, among many others. Ru’ach also hosts popular annual events such as our Rosh Hashanah luncheon and every June, our Pride Seder, which has welcomed guest speakers such as Idit Klein, executive director of the national LGBT Jewish organization Keshet, and Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP Florida president, who spoke about gay marriage.
Judaism teaches us that everyone is created b’tzelem elohim–in the image of God. At Temple Israel of Greater Miami, we welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to become involved in the multifaceted life of our congregation. Not only are LGBT members fully integrated in the temple family, but two Ru’ach founders are past presidents of the congregation. Ru’ach’s membership is open to all who support our mission, and we welcome you to become involved in our havurah.