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 Nathan
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Nathan Joiner serves the congregation as Senior Rabbi after having served as Associate Rabbi for eight years. He and his wife Raina made Ruach Israel their home as newlyweds.

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Rabbi Rich
Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Dr. Richard C. Nichol serves the congregation as Rabbi Emeritus, after having served as Senior Rabbi for almost 40 years. 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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In Memory Of Cantor Phil
Senior Cantor

Cantor Phil led services at Ruach Israel for over two decades.

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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



Construction Supervisor – US Army

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President Emeritus

Attorney and Dance Kickboxing Instructor.

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President Emeritus

Physical Therapist

“I’m a husband, father of three beautiful 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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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

Steve has been a part of Ruach Israel community for several years, along with his wife Joanna and two sons Samuel and Solomon.

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