Deborah received her B.A. in Theater/Voice and Literature from New York University and her Masters of Sacred Music and ordination of Hazzan (Cantor) from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).

As well as the honor of serving as Cantor, Deborah continues to inspire and entertain Jewish and interfaith audiences with Hebrew, Yiddish, Broadway, Classical and Popular music and prayers at engagements throughout the country.

Her first CD, Shabbat Unplugged came out of a unique, upbeat rockin’ Shabbat service she created at Temple Beth El, in Stamford CT in 2002. It is a popular selection on iTunes in the Genre of World music. Her CDs, Bimah to Broadway Act 1: A Music Review and Bimah to Broadway Act 2: The Concert, were recorded live from her first cabaret style Temple fundraising concerts. Her CD, Chanukah Live, is recorded live from an annual multi-media community wide Chanukah Concert that Deborah produces and directs. Here newest CD, Songs of Healing & Hope came out of her strong desire to provide comfort and inspiration through music and prayers.

A published author, Deborah has appeared nationally on TV shows such as Good Day New York, AM Northwest, and News 12 Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey, NBC Weekend Today and ABC Eyewitness News in the Morning. Deborah was featured on Lifetime TV as an author as well as on a special segment about women clergy. She has been on radio stations across the country including NPR and has been featured in numerous Magazines and Newspapers including Woman’s Own, The Wall Street Journal, Self, and Jewish Women International.  Deborah is a member of the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantors Assembly and the Women Cantors Network.

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

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

She is a proud parent to her daughters Maya and Shira.



"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!

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  • Songs of Healing & Hope

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

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  • 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.

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