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Meet Jewish Person of the Week Joanie Leeds

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Introducing the talented Joanie Leeds – visiting Jewish Person of the Week. Calling all Young Families in the Chicagoland area: Joanie Leeds, the grammy-winning children’s artist, is coming to Har Zion on Sunday, May 1. Learn more about this event here. Joanie Leeds is originally from Miami, Florida. She teaches at two Jewish nursery schools during the week and on weekends Joanie tours all over the country to perform at Music Festivals, museums, Performing Arts Centers, Libraries, schools & Temples. Learn all about Joanie Leeds!


Joanie Leeds In Concert!

May 1 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | $25

Member Prices:

Adults – $30

Children – $17.50

Non-members:

Adults – $36

Children – $25

Discounts are available on the Temple Har Zion registration page.  Get your tickets now!

Join us at Temple Har Zion (River Forest) for an amazing in person concert with Grammy Award winning “Kindie” artist Joanie Leeds.  May 1st, 4 PM. Introducing the talented Joanie Leeds – visiting Jewish Person of the Week. Calling all Young Families in the Chicagoland area: Joanie Leeds, the grammy-winning children’s artist, is coming to Har Zion – a welcoming congregation with many young families in the lovely River Forest/ Oak Park area – on Sunday, May 1. Learn more about this event here.


Where did you grow up?

Miami Florida

What did you do Jewish growing up?

I belonged to Temple Beth Am and went to religious school, Hebrew school, and was in the High Holiday Choir. When I was in high school I was in BAFTY, part of the SEFTY/NFTY youth group and this is where I learned to play guitar and became a song leader. I traveled to Israel on several trips including The March of the Living and JLI (Jewish Leadership Institution)

Where did you go to school?

Syracuse University

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What do you do for work?

I teach in two Jewish nursery schools during the week and on weekends I tour all over the country to perform at Music Festivals, museums, Performing Arts Centers, Libraries, schools & Temples.

What do you do Jewish now?

I have created and recorded two Jewish albums and performed the music across the country. I also lead Tot Shabbats & Tot High Holiday services & concerts, of course!

What is your favorite way to spend Shabbat?

While I love to celebrate at home, I love to spend Shabbats singing with communities all over and getting to know people across the country.

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What do you do for fun/to relax?

I love hiking, biking, and going to Central Park with my daughter. We also enjoy watching movies together.

What’s your go-to self-care? 

I love walking, yoga, and getting my nails done 🙂 

What was the best song from your Bar / Bat Mitzvah days?

L’chi Lach by Debbie Friedman and at my own Bat Mitzvah, I sang the very popular tune, One Moment in Time at the party. Now you have an idea of how old I am…

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More about Temple Har Zion: Temple Har Zion is a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse congregation in River Forest inspiring young families of all backgrounds to discover, explore, and make community together.To get involved at Har Zion and find out more, please click here!

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