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Cantor Abbie Strauss. Photo by Bill Motchan.
Cantor Abbie Strauss. Photo by Bill Motchan.

Oh, say, can she sing …

Cantor Abbie Strauss belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a pre-season game between the Minnesota Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals in Florida.

The national anthem is considered one of the most difficult songs to perform live since it calls for a very wide vocal range. It helps if the singer is a seasoned performer like Abbie Strauss, cantor at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

On March 5, Strauss belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” with no issues at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., just a few miles from her congregation.

For Strauss, the experience was extra special because it preceded a spring training home game with the St. Louis Cardinals—her favorite team—as they beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4. Strauss lived in St. Louis earlier in her career, before a cantorial stint in Memphis and now Florida.

“I auditioned near the stadium and was chosen to sing,” she said. “I chose only Cardinals games and was assigned this wonderful date—and I was so honored. I have sung at an NBA game but never a baseball game. The echo made it very difficult for me, but it was fun being around such incredible fans in such a special setting. Spring training is such an amazing time, and as a huge Cardinals fan, there is nothing like being close to the players and seeing them in this laid-back setting.”

Cantor Abbie Strauss Sings National Anthem
Cantor Abbie Strauss sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., on March 5, 2024. Source: Screenshot.

Strauss is a member of the Temple Judea clergy, where her husband, Feivel Strauss, is associate rabbi. She is also the founder of the Institute of Jewish Rock and a featured performer on Jewish Rock Radio. She also practices “Judaism: Inside Out,” a musical philosophy she founded that engages the mind, body and soul; it grew out of a music program she implemented for children at Temple Israel in Memphis, Tenn.

“All of a sudden, it went from about eight kids that would come hang out to over 30 kids,” she said. “I realized kids wanted to rock, so I partnered with Jewish Rock Radio and the School of Rock in Memphis, and I created a program that was similar to the School of Rock program. The main difference was we focused on Jewish artists.”

This story originally appeared in the St. Louis Jewish Light.

Cantor Abbie Strauss
Cantor Abbie Strauss. Photo by Bill Motchan.
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