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 throughout NYC since 2013. Aviva has a BA in English Literature from Brooklyn College, and an MFA from Fashion Institute of Technology. Aviva now works as a performance /installation artist and painter in NYC: she creates a colorful and new perspective of ancient tales for both children and adults through her teaching and art making.
Jordyn was born 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 spent several years working as a fashion designer. Since 2015, Jordyn has been teaching Hebrew in various programs throughout Brooklyn, as well as running her own art camp for children every summer. Jordyn is currently earning her Master's degree in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts and enjoys using creativity in the Fig Tree classroom in order to help children learn and thrive!
Almog is an educator and a performer of Israeli origin, with over 6 years of Jewish Education teaching experience in New York. She holds a B.A in Theater Arts from Tel Aviv University. Over the years, Almog has collaborated with several institutes in New York, promoting experiential education through theater, storytelling, and implementing the Hebrew Through Movement technique in grades K-6.
Stephanie Guedalia graduated from the Tisch School of Performing Arts where she also spent two years studying Intellectual History. She was raised in Jerusalem with a deep love of Jewish text, went to a Jewish Day School, spent a year studying in a Jerusalem seminary, and was a summer fellow at Yeshivat Hadar in NYC. Stephanie teaches at various other Hebrew Schools in NYC and tutors B’nai Mitzvah students.
Ela is originally from Jerusalem, Israel. She is currently living in New York and is attending a masters in fine art studio program. She has a BFA from Bezalel academy of Art and Design, where she studied sculpture. In Israel, she worked as a tour guide for schools and families and taught art classes at informal education programs. For the past fourteen years, she has been teaching both subjects, art and nature, simultaneously and separately. Ela finds pleasure paying attention to the daily cycle of the sun and moon and the yearly cycle of season changes.
Chava is from Detroit, Michigan and has been living in New York since 2014. She has a BA in Liberal Studies, and an MA in Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Chava studied in Israel, and has taught Jewish Studies and Hebrew to a variety of ages and levels in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. In addition to teaching at Fig Tree, Chava is a freelance journalist and volunteer ESL teacher.