LGBT/Ru’ach Havurah


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 (right) 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 (left), executive director of the national LGBT Jewish organization Keshet, and Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP Florida president, who spoke about gay marriage (see video below).

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.

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Coming Up...

Ru'ach Shabbat 

All are welcome to join us for our annual Ru'ach Shabbat Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. when the theme of the evening will be acceptance and what it means to be holy in an LGBT-affirmative community. This special annual service will be led by Ru'ach members with Rabbi Tom Heyn. Guest speaker will be Tom Canning of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, with music by guest cantorial soloist Adina Baseman Sharfstein. All are welcome. A festive Oneg and schmooze follow the service. For more information, click here.

Save the Date: June 24th for Ru'ach Pride Seder!

Ru’ach will hold its 15th annual Pride Seder on Wednesday, June 24 at Temple Israel. With Florida recently becoming the 36th state to achieve marriage equality, we will celebrate this milestone by paying tribute to those whose unions are now legally recognized in the Sunshine State.

Guest speakers for the evening will be Miami attorney Richard C. Milstein and Temple Israel's spiritual leader Rabbi Tom Heyn.

Honored guests will be Tony Lima, executive director of SAVE, and Stratton Pollitizer, deputy director of Equality Florida, both organizations offering support and services for Florida’s LGBT community.

Cost $36 per person. For prepaid registration, click here.