Each of our rabbis brings a unique set of gifts to serve the congregation’s needs. All have received smichah (ordination) from both the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) and The Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC).

In addition to our rabbis, our synagogue relies on lay participation in service-leading. Aside from having lovely voices, our shlichei tsibbor (liturgical leaders) bring real spiritual passion to their leading the congregation through Shabbat and Holy Day worship.

Our Leadership Team

Rabbi Rich
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Dr. Richard C. Nichol has served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ruach Israel since 1981. He is currently the president of the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) and past President of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC).

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Rabbi Nathan
Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Nathan Joiner and his wife Raina made Ruach Israel their home as newlyweds. After interning with the congregation, completing rabbinical school and receiving Smicha, Rabbi Nathan now serves Ruach Israel as Associate Rabbi.

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Cantor Phil
Senior Cantor

Cantor Phil has been leading Ruach Israel services for over 15 years. He is currently completing the Jewish Music Certificate program at Hebrew College.

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Running a busy congregation like Ruach Israel demands lots of participation from professional and non-professional leaders.
Meet our current Synagogue Board!

Meet Our Board Members


Attorney and Dance Kickboxing Instructor.

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President Emeritus

Physical Therapist

“I’m a husband, father of three beautiful young children, and a physical therapist by trade. It truly is a blessing to serve this wonderful congregation…”

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Vice President

Political Consultant

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Joel Nichol
Director of Facilities
Director of Education

I have had the wonderful privilege and joy of teaching children for 25 years in the Public school system in…

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Director of Congregational life
Director of Finance
As you get to know us more, let us introduce you to a few of our members!