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.
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.
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!
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.