Rabbi Avi Fine
Comfortable on the pulpit and off, Avi lives to bring community together both inside the synagogue and outside in nature. Avi is a rabbi who has a passion for translating Jewish texts into wisdom relevant for people today.
Even though he spent the first 5 years of his life in the Midwest, Avi considers Seattle to be home. In 2011 he graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota with a degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science. In 2014 he flew to Israel to begin his studies at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. He was ordained as a rabbi in May 2019.
Avi loves to spend time outside and especially enjoys hiking, kayaking and playing Ultimate Frisbee. Avi is slowly but surely making his way through watching The West Wing, so please don’t spoil it for him.
Journey to the Rabbinate
Judaism has always played a central role in Avi’s life. He grew up in a house with two parents who worked in the Jewish world who infused Judaism into everyday life. As a child, the family time of Shabbat was Avi’s favorite part of Judaism. As he grew older, he found himself drawn to Jewish life- Jewish summer camp, youth group, Israel and the Hillel on his college campus.
Leaving his parents' house, at Carleton College Avi realized he needed to take charge of his own Jewish practice and make his own Jewish decisions. After graduating he spent a year in Israel working with URJ Heller High and it was there, inspired by working with teens, that Avi decided to go to rabbinical school.