Deborah Strauss (USA; violin, voice)

is an internationally acclaimed klezmer violinist and educator who has been active in the klezmer and Yiddish music scene for over 30 years. She studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.

Deborah is a member of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and was a longtime member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. As both a performer and teacher, she has been a frequent faculty member at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland; Yiddish Summer Weimar; and KlezKanada. With Ilya Shneyveys, she is co-director of the instrumental and dance programs at Yiddish New York, and with Alan Bern, she is the author of Klezmer Duets for Violin and Accordion (2017).

She is also a highly regarded Yiddish dance leader and an award-winning children’s educator who has taught at New York Yiddish Schools for more than 20 years. Deborah serves as Education Director at Congregation Kehilat Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Belle Mead, New Jersey.

Photo: Avia Moore

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