Adapting Podcast: A School Grows in Brooklyn -  Unexpected Roots for Innovative Jewish Education

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Rachel Weinstein White discusses her path from the business world to launching Fig Tree, an independent Jewish education program for children from interracial, interfaith and/ or secular Jewish backgrounds- or for families looking for a different mode of Jewish education.

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Above: Fig Tree students learning about Jewish culture and religious practices

Fourteen years ago, Rachel Weinstein White was a new mom and business consultant frustrated with the existing Jewish educational opportunities for her Jewish family of color. Today, she is the executive director and founder of Fig Tree, an independent Jewish education program for children from interracial, interfaith and/ or secular Jewish backgrounds- or for families looking for a different mode of Jewish education.

What can we learn from one parent who is inspired to take the radical leap from the business world to Jewish education? What new understandings can be gleaned about Jewish families today based on a “Jewish adjacent” spouse's journey with their family?

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Above: Rachel Weinstein White and her family at her son's bar mitzvah in summer 2021


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This episode was produced by Dina Nusnbaum and Gabriel Weinstein.  The show’s executive producers are David Bryfman, Karen Cummins, and Nessa Liben. This episode was engineered and edited by Nathan J. Vaughan of NJV Media.  If you enjoyed the show please leave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts or even better, share it with a friend. Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and be the first to know when new episodes are released.

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  • After School and Beyond
  • Family Engagement
  • Congregational Learning