Rabbi Avi Fine
Community Organizer | Pursuer of Justice | Guide
Comfortable on the pulpit and off, I live to bring community together both inside the synagogue and outside in nature. I am a rabbi with a passion for translating Jewish texts into wisdom relevant for people today.
While born in the Midwest, the greater Seattle area has always felt like home to me. Over the course of my life journey, I lived in Israel a number of times, studied at Carleton College in Minnesota, attended rabbinical school in LA, and served Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Juneau, AK, Temple Bat Yam and North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation in Lake Tahoe, CA, and Leo Baeck Temple in LA. After being ordained in 2019, I was blessed to return to the Seattle area and serve Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
I love to spend time outside and especially enjoy hiking, kayaking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. I spend much of my free time with my wife and young daughter.
Journey to the Rabbinate
Judaism has always played a central role in my life. I grew up in a house with two parents who worked in the Jewish world and infused Judaism into everyday life. As a child, the family time of Shabbat was my favorite part of Judaism. As I grew older, I found myself drawn to Jewish life- Jewish summer camp, youth group, Israel and the Hillel on my college campus.
Leaving my parents' house, at Carleton College I realized I needed to take charge of my own Jewish practice and make my own Jewish decisions. After graduating I spent a year in Israel working with URJ Heller High and it was there, inspired by working with teens, that I decided to go to rabbinical school.