Meet our JCP Musical Team


Ty Citerman photo (2)Ty Citerman, a Brooklyn, NY-based musician, composer and music teacher has been teaching music for 17 years. As a guitarist, he performs for numerous ensembles across the spectrum of jazz, rock and new music such as the internationally acclaimed group, Gutbucket and his latest original Jewish-inspired jazz for the group, Bop Kabbalah. Ty has also composed, recorded and performed original music with national touring group the Dirty Sock Funtime Band. Television credits include Jack’s Big Music Show on NickJr./Noggin. Ty has worked with children of all ages and in numerous schools, Synagogues, summer camps, community centers and festival settings. Ty was JCP’s music specialist in JCP Camp 2013 and participated in several other JCP stints in recent years. It is exciting to now have Ty join us permanently with his warm nature and talent as our new Bim Bom Musicfest leader.

Ora Fruchter photo (2)Ora Fruchter is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, performer, director and educator.  Ora writes and performs regularly with her companies Yellow Sneaker Puppets and Doppelskope, using puppetry and music to create innovative and engaging experiences for all ages.  Ora’s work in Jewish communities is built on the idea that self-expression and collaboration are a crucial part of the Jewish study experience.  Using unique methods of storytelling, puppets, everyday objects, and lots of imagination, people of any age can engage in meaningful and creative study.  You can check out her Jewish educational work, including fun puppet music videos and Tabletop Torah, Torah text study through object theater
on, www.creaturesteach.com. Ora co-leads our Tot Shabbat programs with Emily Schwartz (see below), and may also join us for special holiday events throughout the year.

Joanie Leeds photo (2)Joanie Leeds is a music educator who has been teaching music to young children in Manhattan for 13 years. In 2012, she joined JCP as one of our music specialists teaching weekly music classes and leading All School SIngs on Shabbat. As a singer/songwriter, Joanie has won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, a Gold Parents’ Choice Award and NAPPA Gold Award. When not in the classroom, she is performing in NYC and all over the country with her kids rock band, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights.  Her six CDs for children have been featured in publications such as People Magazine and New York Times and her tunes have climbed up the chart to #1 on Sirius-XM’s Kids Place Live. Joanie is also a PJ Library musician and her compilation ‘Family Tree‘ will be re-released this year.  Her    new CD, ‘Good Egg‘ will be on the GRAMMY ballot next month in the Children’s Category.