Support Services

At RUACH, emotional, spiritual, and integrated support is rooted in Jewish tradition and is welcoming and affirming of people of all faiths. When matching a person with a supporter, we use an integrated approach to determine the most appropriate fit for the person in need of support. Note that RUACH DOES NOT provide mental health, medical or other therapeutic care

Request a connection

If you feel you are having an IMMEDIATE medical or mental health emergency, dial 911 (in the United States and Canada), or 100, 101, or 102 (in Israel).

Or call any of the following 24-hour hotlines if you are in crisis and need to speak to someone immediately:

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Jewish 24/7 Hotline: (305) 576-6550

Additional options here:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

In addition to the above resources, we have some resources from The Blue Dove Foundation to share, to aid in improving mental health through a holiday period.

Rosh Hashanah

Mental Health Tashlich

Sukkot Shleimut with Wholeness and Peacefulness

Emotional Support

Emotional support providers work with people who have underlying mental health issues. When someone is experiencing trauma, sadness, stress, grief, confusion, anxiety, or depression, these feelings may impede their internal state of being and their relationship with others and may even exacerbate their mental health. RUACH supporters offer emotional support by listening actively and asking questions, validating the person’s experience, and empathically offering encouragement and reassurance. This approach assists the person in coming to a better understanding of their situation, developing better strategies for coping, and increasing resilience and hope.

Spiritual Support

Spiritual support providers work with people in discovering their personal meaning on the journey of life. RUACH providers explore forgiveness, guilt, shame, joy, identity, and meaning. They also assist with trauma, life transitions, grief and loss, illness, and relationships. Spiritual support providers also create rituals, which can be helpful to mark transitions, loss, and milestones. They use techniques of deep listening, prayer, text study, and/or creating a spiritual practice which can aid in healing. Spiritual support providers meet the person where they are and walk with them in their joy, pain, sorrow, and fear.

Integrated Support

RUACH believes in the integration of emotional and spiritual support. This is a holistic approach that involves treating the whole person, considering how an individual’s beliefs, values, behaviors, emotions, and experiences can foster feelings of wholeness, healing, meaning, and purpose. In addition to helping people relieve symptoms and reduce stress, we assist those that we support in feeling empowered and cultivating inner resources. Above all, we view each person as unique, meet them where they are in their healing process, and walk with them along their journey. We recognize that spiritual and religious beliefs and practices may or may not play a crucial role in the way some people cope with pain, illness, and distress.

LGBTQIA+ Support

RUACH recognizes that the LGBTQIA+ community is one of the most under-addressed demographics when it comes to both mental health and spiritual care in the Jewish community. We hope to eliminate or mitigate some of the barriers that may impact LGBTQIA+ individuals from being able to seek support in their own communities. We have supporters with expertise in LGBTQIA+ community to aid those whose main reason for seeking support is related to their gender identity or sexual preference