Nina Fine moved to Winter Park with her husband Tony and son Dylan from New York City 3 years ago for an increase in quality of life. She comes to Beth Am with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Ms. Fine was educated at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, B-CC High School and The George Washington University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Fine got her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in working with families with young children.
Ms. Fine became an ordained cantor in 2016, and had previously been a social worker in abuse and neglect prevention, a parent educator, a preschool teacher, a mommy and me program leader and family holiday programming creator and leader.
Ms. Fine is the Spiritual Leader at Temple Shalom of Deltona, leading Shabbat services, as well as leading holiday celebrations, participating in fundraising efforts, adult education and lifecycle events. Ms. Fine has taught first grade and tutored children in Hebrew at Congregation Ohev Shalom, as well as created and led Mishpacha Sheli, a Jewish mommy and me program. Ms. Fine also led Tot Shabbat at Temple Israel and is the Cantor and family program leader for the High Holidays at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach. She also officiates at weddings, funerals and unveilings along the East Coast. Ms. Fine is a Jewish Pavilion volunteer, leading Shabbat Services occasionally in Winter Park and Oviedo. Ms. Fine tutors children privately in Hebrew reading and bnei mitzvah preparation.
Ms. Fine continues to perform as a professional vocalist. Locally, she performed “I Remember”, a song-cycle for voice, harp, flute and cello based on Anne Frank’s Diary at the Central Florida premier, in conjunction with the Holocaust Center, performed at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Ms. Fine has performed this piece numerous times in New York, including at the Anne Frank Museum, The 92nd St. Y, and the Hudson Opera House. Ms. Fine also has performed her solo concert “East Side Story” a piano and voice program of Bernstein and Sondheim music at Temple Beth-El of Ormond Beach with a grant from The Jewish Federation of Volusia County.
Ms. Fine’s goals this year are many but can be summed up in 3 categories:
- Bringing Joy to Judaism- we can have fun while we learn even if it is a serious topic and Ms. Fine loves fun-based learning!
- Creating a connection between school and shul – of course we want our kids to become a bar or bat-mitzvah, but we also want them to feel like an integral and important part of the service and a valued and connected member of the entire Jewish community!
- Hebrew, Hebrew and more Hebrew- let’s face it- we call it “Hebrew School” for a reason. However you feel about Hebrew, the bottom line is that it is difficult to connect to services or even learn to speak Hebrew without being able to read it (try doing google translate into Hebrew without being able to read Hebrew). Ms. Fine loves to help kids and adults learn to read Hebrew!
Ms. Fine is looking forward to sharing her talents and experience with the warm and welcoming Beth Am family!