Shai Avny

Executive Director

Shai recently relocated with his family from Israel to the Twin Cities. He joins us at Mount Zion as the Congregational Engagement Director. Shai will work closely with the clergy and staff to help community members find their place at Mount Zion and create an atmosphere which all will feel is a second home.

Shai was born and raised in Israel, and was an active member and leader of the Noam youth group, which is part of the Israeli Conservative Movement. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces, in a combat unit, as a commander and a sergeant. In the past five years, Shai was the Director of Education at Magen Avraham Synagogue, in Omer.

Shai is happily married to Mirit, and they have two ‘active’ young boys (which he promises you won’t miss running around the temple!), Gev and Tzuk, and an 8-year-old yellow lab, Marley.