Cantor Deborah Jacobson serves as part-time cantor of Temple Judea of Manhasset, NY. Her cantorate is defined by her deep connection to Judaism and her love of music coupled with her passion to build community and inspire and comfort others through prayer, music, learning, and love.

Raised in New Rochelle, New York, Cantor Jacobson received her B.A. in Voice/Theatre and English Literature from New York University and her Masters of Sacred Music and Ordination of Hazzan (Cantor) from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish home, Cantor Jacobson has proudly served at a Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Reform Synagogue as Cantor. Her experience in the various movements enable her to bring a unique perspective and sensitivity to her work as a Jewish clergy.

Cantor Jacobson served the Reform Temple of Forest Hills with Rabbi Mark Kaiserman from 2016-June 2019. Before that she served as Cantor at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor, FL with Rabbi Gary Klein from 2005 through June 2016. She also worked with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman at Temple Beth El in Stamford, CT and with Rabbis Avi Winokur and Yael Ridberg at West End Synagogue in Manhattan.

Cantor Jacobson participates in many community programs, both Jewish and Interfaith, adding the beauty and inspiration of prayers and music wherever and whenever she can. She has led services and performed concerts at numerous synagogues in this country as well as overseas in Australia and Singapore.

She is always looking for ways to include people of all ages in singing and celebrating Judaism!

Cantor Jacobson is a certified facilitator of Prepare-Enrich: Building Strong Marriages and is a certified facilitator of Strong Girls, Healthy Relationships.

In 2002, right out of Seminary, Cantor Jacobson created a unique, upbeat rockin’ Shabbat Service with a full band called Shabbat Unplugged. A CD of music from that service (her first CD) as well as others can be found on her website or Her music is also available to download on Spotify and iTunes.

A published author, Cantor Jacobson, has appeared nationally on TV shows such as Good Day New York, NBC Weekend Today and ABC Eyewitness News in the Morning. She was featured on Lifetime TV on a special segment about women clergy and on radio stations across the country including NPR.

Cantor Jacobson is a member of the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantor’s Assembly, and the Women Cantor’s Network. She has served on the development and fundraising committee of the ACC, the membership committee of the CA, the national leadership council of Jewish Women International, as President of the Bay Area Cantorial Association, and on the Tampa board of Jewish National Fund. She is a lifetime member of Hadassah.


"Cantor Deborah Jacobson's warmth and love of the Jewish musical tradition are palpable.  She makes the prayer service come alive and invites everyone to share in her enthusiasm."                  

                                           - Rabbi Yael Ridberg                       

"Cantor Jacobson is a wonderful human being and a gifted Cantor. She makes prayer real and meaningful for everyone. She touches people's hearts with her beautiful voice and beautiful soul." 

                                                                - Rabbi Gary Klein
  • Shabbat Unplugged

    Shabbat Unplugged captures the essence of the Sabbath with a rockin’ sound!

    Listen Now
  • Songs of Healing & Hope

    A collection of inspiring original compositions as well as traditional & contemporary prayerful music.

    Order Now
  • Deborah Jacobson has appeared on TV shows locally and nationally such as Good Day New York, AM Northwest, Lifetime, NBC Weekend Today and ABC Eyewitness News in the Morning.

    Read More