Brooklyn Leadership and Staff

Sydney Lewis, Educator and Education Coordinator

Sydney Lewis, educator, activist, and brand-new New Yorker, is overjoyed to join the Workmen’s Circle community this fall. After graduating in 2014 with High Honors in Sociology and Psychology from Wesleyan University, Sydney spent a year as Assistant Dean of Admission at her alma mater. As an undergraduate, she served as an Americorps volunteer and founded a summer preschool program serving low-income families in Middletown, CT. Sydney will begin her graduate studies at Teachers College of Columbia University this fall, combining her passions for social justice, critical pedagogy, and policy.


lena+paul_engage85Paul Swartz, Educator

Paul Swartz holds a BA from Macalester College (History and Russian Studies, 2008) and an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies (2011). Paul works as an educator at the New-York Historical Society, designing and teaching such courses as Constitutional Conundrums and Funny Papers, Serious Subjects: American History Through Comics. For the past five years, Paul has served as an instructor in the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism’s KidSchool program, where he develops and teaches fourth and fifth grade courses on Jewish folktales and Jewish-American history. During the summer, Paul works as a resident assistant at the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books program. He is also an alumni of the Center’s Steiner Summer Program. Paul is a Yiddish speaker and a perpetual student of the mame-loshn. He is proud to be passing on this piece of Jewish heritage to the next generation.