Sydnie Ciment, Early Childhood Education Director
Sydnie began her career over 10 years ago teaching religious school in college. What was supposed to be a job to add experience to her resume turned out to be so much more. It sparked her passion for Jewish education and engaging Jewish youth. She has taught classes on social action, Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), social justice and Jewish cooking to name a few. From her teaching she went on to run a successful youth program at a Reform synagogue where she oversaw the youth activities and high holiday teen programming . In addition she has worked as the program assistant for the Satell Teen Fellowship and at Gratz College teaching and overseeing their student council.
Most recently, Sydnie has found her excitement for early childhood education and young family engagement. Contributing that spark for Jewish education to our youngest community members is what helps strengthen their bond to Jewish community life and a lifelong connection to Judaism.
Sydnie is a graduate of Temple University with a BA in liberal arts and a focus on Jewish Studies. She is a state certified secondary education social studies teacher through Arcadia University and completed her student teaching at Cheltenham High School and spent many years subbing at Perelman Jewish Days School teaching kindergarten through 5th grade, English as a second language, and learning support.
Sydnie's other passions include cooking, art, being outside in nature and spending time with her family, husband Jared and her children Sloane, Dylan, and Dolly.
Miriam Jacobson, Assistant Director of Early Education
Miriam began her career in early childhood over ten years ago working as a CIT in a preschool program. What was a short term summer job turned into a lifelong career in jewish education. Miriam has taught in both a preschool and religious school setting. This has set her up to take on her newest role as Educational Administrative Assistant.
Miriam holds her CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) and Associate Degree in Liberal Studies. She is currently working on her Bachelors Degree for Early Childhood Education at Drexel University.
Miriam's other passions include antiquing, at home DIY projects, baking and spending time with her husband Tom, daughters Kaidence, Harliegh and Lennon and two dogs Thor and Corona.
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