Rachel Weinstein White
Executive Director & Founder
Rachel Weinstein White wears a lot of hats. Part entrepreneur, part management consultant, and all mom to her three boys, Rachel created Fig Tree in 2015 after not being able to find a Jewish education program that resonated with her family. Prior to founding Fig Tree, Rachel built a successful consulting practice catering to clients in EdTech and other emerging technologies. Before that, Rachel spent 15 years in various senior roles at Yahoo!, WebMD, IDT, and Accenture. Rachel is extremely active in several non-profit and charitable organizations, and is currently the Board Chair at Little Essentials. Rachel has a BA in English Lit from Vassar College. In her (admittedly limited) spare time, she enjoys all things food/ wine related, and is a voracious reader. Rachel lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with her husband and three sons.
Curriculum Design & Cultivation
Sarah Chandler is a Brooklyn-based Jewish educator, ritualist, artist, activist, and poet. She previously served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon’s Adamah Farm, where she was responsible for Food, Farm, and Forest Jewish Educational Programming. Through the Jewish Theological Seminary, Sarah earned an an M.A. in Jewish Education, an M.A. Hebrew Bible, and a certificate in Contemporary Israel Education. She also received a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Jewish Communal Leadership from Columbia University. She teaches, writes, and consults on issues related to Judaism, earth-based spiritual practice, the environment, mindfulness, food values, and farming. Locally, Sarah is well known for customized baby naming rituals, creative backyard Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, and officiating weddings with Jewish components for couples of all heritages.
B'Nai Mitzvah Advisor & Lead Teacher
Rachel Figurasmith was born and raised in New York City. She has a wide range of experience with young people, working as an advocate for refugee teens, an after-school program director, a synagogue education director, and a religious school teacher in numerous synagogues. When Rachel isn't developing and overseeing the Fig Tree B'Nai Mitzvah program, she serves as the Family Engagement Coordinator at Repair the World. Rachel holds a BA from Hampshire College and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rachel lives in Long Island with her husband, toddler, and two dogs.