Rachel Weinstein White, 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 12 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 and the Board Financial Director at The Co-Op School. 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.
Oded is a native Israeli currently living in Brooklyn. His teaching experience spans over a decade and comprises a multitude of pedagogical styles, at the heart of which lie storytelling and getting to know each individual learner. In Oded's classes, students get to absorb language in an experience-based fashion, which means that memorable moments are considered the best way to learn. Oded has been a faculty member and curriculum developer for the Bay Ridge Jewish Center, the Park Slope Jewish Center, and a number of parent-organized groups.
Rachel is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, but has made her home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She moved to NYC in 2014 after spending a year abroad in Jerusalem, studying at a Jewish seminary. Prior to this experience, she spent one year in Ann Arbor working at the University of Michigan Hillel as the Berman Fellow. This role involved engaging students on campus and working with student leaders at Hillel to enhance campus culture and Jewish expression at U of M. Rachel graduated from The George Washington University in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Psychology. When she isn't teaching Hebrew School, you can find her biking through the streets of Brooklyn, spending time at Prospect Park, or preparing delicious meals from fresh and simple ingredients. Rachel is so excited to be a part of the Fig Tree team and is looking forward to connecting with every child and parent!
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 two 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. Aviva feels blessed to be working at Fig Tree and cannot wait for story time.
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. Jordyn is excited to bring her creative background and approach to teaching to the students and families at Fig Tree!
Nadav was born and raised in Yehud, Israel. After completing a year volunteering with Hashomer Hatzair as a head of a “Ken,” Nadav joined the Israeli Defense Forces, where he was a combat soldier. Until recently Nadav was a professional dancer and has been teaching and performing since high school. Nadav have a BA in Social Science and he is currently looking forward to further his education. Nadav's teaching experience is various and vast, working with different age group and populations. He also loves singing, playing the guitar and doing yoga. Nadav recently moved to the US from Tel-Aviv to marry his now wife Gabrielle; they live with their cute dog Tommy in Bushwick, Brooklyn.