Rachel Weinstein White
Executive Director & Founder
Rachel Weinstein White wears a lot of hats. Part entrepreneur, part management consultant, and Mama 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. (Creating and heading Fig Tree has been, by far, her most rewarding professional experience to date!) Rachel is 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 the beach, all things food/ wine related, and is a voracious reader. Rachel lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with her husband and three sons.
Fig Tree Administration
Assistant Director, Education & Programming
Amy is thrilled to joining Fig Tree Program as the Assistant Director of Education and Programming. Amy first began her teaching journey teaching English in an Arabic speaking school and holds a Masters in Teaching ESL from Tel Aviv University. Since moving to New York, Amy has worked as a Jewish educator in New York at Central Synagogue, Town and Village Synagogue, Hannah Senesh Community Day School and helped launch a video-based Israel curriculum for children. She is a proud board member of Emma's Torch, a restaurant that empowers refugees through culinary education. What she loves most about Judaism is its connection to social justice and is currently working on a micro-giving platform that connects the Jewish community to lesser known nonprofits called Righteous Crowd. When she's not working in Jewish education she is spending time practicing yoga and navigating life as a new mom in Brooklyn! She lives with her husband and daughter in Carroll Gardens.
Director, 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.
Director, B’Nai Mitzvah Program
Rachel Figurasmith is and born and raised New Yorker. She has worked in education and non-profit spaces for over a decade and is passionate about increasing access to quality education for all young people. Rachel is a trained special educator and works as a disability rights activist in multiple spaces. Rachel currently works with Repair the World NYC as the Family Engagement Coordinator, designing meaningful service learning experiences for families of all ages. Outside of Repair the World and Fig Tree, Rachel is a visiting professor with Hebrew College and private disability inclusion/behavior management consultant.
Rachel holds a BA from Hampshire College and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. When work in all these exciting spaces isn’t keeping her busy, Rachel can be found chasing her three-year-old daughter and two dogs, or spending time with her husband.
Fig Tree Teaching Staff
Tamy was born in Jerusalem and has been living in Brooklyn since 2004. She has a BA from the school of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, where she studied Puppetry and Performance, and an MFA from Columbia University. She has been teaching Jewish Studies and Hebrew in various Brooklyn Hebrew Schools since 2011, and she effortlessly infuses a love for dramatic and fine arts into her instruction of students of all ages. Tamy lives with her husband and three sons in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Aviva is from Sharon, Massachusetts and has been living in Crown Heights since 2003. In 2012 she lived in Israel where she became fluent in Hebrew while studying at Mayanot, an executive learning program with a focus on developing community leadership skills. She began teaching Judaic Studies in multiple schools while obtaining her degree in English literature from Brooklyn College. She is now pursuing an additional degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Fine Arts. Upon graduating she plans to create a colorful and contemporary perspective on ancient tales for both children and adults in the form of biblical illustration and storytelling.
Jordyn was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she was very involved in her synagogue and served several local, regional, and national leadership positions for the Reform Jewish youth movement (NFTY). At age 20, Jordyn made aliyah to Israel, where she went on to spend six wonderful years living, learning Hebrew, and studying design in Tel Aviv. Jordyn moved to New York City in 2013, after earning her Bachelor's in Design from Shenkar College of Design in Ramat Gan, Israel, and began work as a designer in NYC's Garment District. In late 2014, Jordyn took the leap and launched her own line of one-of-a-kind handbags and travel accessories. She continues to design and produce her line and manage her brand, while simultaneously teaching Hebrew and Jewish studies at two prominent Brooklyn synagogues. In her spare time, Jordyn also advises a teen United Synagogue Youth (USY) group.