Steve Finley of Wine Country Rabbi is an ordained rabbi living in the town of Sonoma, California. While serving a Jewish community of Sonoma, he also is available to work with couples to create and officiate their Jewish, non-denominational or interfaith weddings. He invests time getting to know each couple as they work together to create the ideal wedding ceremony. This ordained rabbi offers a traditional wedding style, but can also adapt to reflect the couple’s ceremony preferences.
Rabbi Steve Finley has been serving as rabbi of Congregation Shir Shalom since 2014. His prior experience extends to Israel, and Mexico. He holds as master’s degree in education from the American Jewish University and became an ordained rabbi through the Academy for Jewish Religion.
Rabbi Steve can officiate weddings, vows renewal, interfaith, non-religious or single religion ceremony. The rabbi’s language ability spans English, Hebrew and algunas palabras en espanol tambien for those needing bilingual services.
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Arn G. · Married on 05/20/2021
Rabbi Steve Finley Cared What Mattered to Us
We were very fortunate to get to know Rabbi Steve Finely when we were planning our wedding at Auberge du Soleil this past May. Because of his friendly demeanor, empathy and kindness we genuinely felt that Rabbi Steve had been our rabbi for many years. Whenever we had a question, he was just a phone call away and he always had time for us. When he offered his suggestions for the various elements of the ceremony, he encouraged our input. It was clear he sincerely cared what mattered to us. He wanted to ensure our wedding was as meaningful and personal as possible, and that’s the way it turned out. We felt truly blessed to have him be the one to unite us in marriage.Sent on 06/10/2021
Randi · Married on 10/01/2020
We love Rabbi Steve!
We couldn't have asked for a better experience working with Rabbi Steve to craft our ceremony. We had multiple zoom calls to get to know each other, and were so grateful for Rabbi Steve's suggestions and helpful planning. We planned a COVID-safe wedding (only our immediate families, with a ceremony planned in the backyard of a rental home in Sonoma where we would all stay). The weekend before our wedding, the rental home was lost in the Glass Fire. We scrambled to replan and found another place to stay in Marin County. Rabbi Steve was so gracious and flexible despite the upheaval, even offering the garden of his temple for the ceremony. In the end, despite the smoke and poor air quality, despite the fact that the wedding looked nothing like we anticipated, the ceremony led by Rabbi Steve was beautiful, and calm, and centered. He did a marvelous job and crafted a ceremony that felt so true to who we are, despite only knowing us for a couple of months at that point. You can't go wrong by working with Rabbi Steve. We couldn't recommend him more highly!Sent on 02/07/2021
Ofelia N. · Married on 11/08/2019
One of a kind Rabbi
My husband and I highly recommend Rabbi Steve. He is very kind, caring, funny and happy person. Our ceremony was beautiful and perfect. Everything went smooth and we couldn't be more happy!Sent on 12/10/2019