Deborah Strauss

Deborah Strauss has been a vibrant part of the Midtown Shule for more than 10 years.

Deborah has a deep knowledge of Jewish culture that stems from her upbringing in a traditional Jewish home, and from an extensive formal education in Jewish studies, including Hebrew and Yiddish language.

Deborah is an internationally acclaimed klezmer violinist and educator who has been active in the klezmer and Yiddish music scene for more than 25 years. She is a member of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and was a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the premiere groups of the klezmer revival. She has appeared on numerous recordings and was featured in the Emmy Award-winning film, Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House.

A beloved educator, she is on the faculty of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Yiddish Summer Weimar, KlezKamp, KlezKanada, and the Jewish Music Institute/SOAS at the University of London.

For her work at both the Midtown and Long Island Shules, Deborah received a Workmen's Circle award for excellence in teaching.