In addition to their klezmer and Yiddish skills, Deborah and Jeff offer a wide range of innovative, community-building Shabbat programming. They are world-renowned for their music services and their Shabbat-themed hands-on workshops and lectures. All of their Shabbat programming can be led with or without instruments. They work with children, teens, families and adults, and are famous for their ability to bring the entire community together in song and prayer.

Service Leading

For more than 15 years, Deborah and Jeff have been developing and leading Jewish services in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

Jeff is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is Cantor at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Allentown, PA. 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 language and liturgy.

They are ready to lead all services and give drashot.

A Yiddish Shabbaton

Celebrate Shabbat (Shabbos) and the world of Yiddish music, language and culture with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo. Whether experienced as a Friday night service, Shabbat day, or for the entire weekend, “A Yiddish Shabbaton” enhances the spirit and sheer joy of Shabbat, and is suitable for a wide range of communities, with programs geared toward every age group.

“A Yiddish Shabbaton” is an unforgettable event. Imagine infusing the Friday night service with klezmer melodies and Yiddish songs, and dancing with a real Yiddish flavor during an Oneg Shabbat.

Shabbat afternoon can include lectures about Yiddish music and culture, dance workshops, and song sessions of Hasidic nigunim, Yiddish Shabbos songs, and zmiros. Havdalah and a Strauss/Warschauer Duo concert cap-off a one-of-a-kind Shabbat and usher in the new week with music.

In addition, Deborah and Jeff, who are among the leading teachers of this genre of music, can work in advance with your choir and/or instrumental ensemble, preparing them to participate in the “Yiddish Shabbaton”, and giving them a first-hand, instant experience of Yiddish and klezmer music. No previous knowledge is required.