Cantor Deborah Jacobson currently serves as part-time cantor of Temple Judea.

Other Temples she has served include: The Reform Temple of Forest Hills with Rabbi Mark Kaiserman, Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor, Florida with Rabbi Gary Klein,  Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, and West End Synagogue in Manhattan with Rabbis Avi Winokur and Yael Ridberg. Raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish home in New Rochelle, NY, Cantor Jacobson has proudly served at a Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Reform Synagogue as Cantor. She believes her experience in the various movements enables her to bring a unique perspective and sensitivity in her work as a Jewish clergy. Cantor Deborah Jacobson received her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University and a Masters in sacred music and ordination of Hazzan (Cantor) from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 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 leads the adult and Jr choir at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills for numerous Shabbat services, special events and holidays throughout the year. She teaches torah trope and works privately with bar/bat mitzvah students helping to prepare them for their service. Cantor Jacobson also officiates at weddings and funerals, Brit milot and baby namings. She provides pastoral counseling and visits  those in need. She is a certified facilitator of Prepare-Enrich: Building Strong Marriages and is a certified facilitator of Strong Girls, Healthy Relationships.

Deborah put together a unique, upbeat rockin’ Shabbat service with a full band back in 2002 called Shabbat Unplugged. A CD of Shabbat Unplugged and other recent CDs of Cantor Jacobson can be heard here. Cantor Jacobson also produces and directs an annual Chanukah Concert as well as other musical programs and concerts. Her CD of  one of her  Chanukah concerts, Chanukah Live, can be heard here. Her newest CD, Songs of Healing & Hope is available now.

Deborah is a member of the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantors Assembly, and the Women Cantors Network. 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, as President of the Bay Area Cantorial Association, and on the Tampa board of Jewish National Fund. She is a lifetime member of Hadassah.


  “Deborah radiates joy from the bima and is wonderful at encouraging congregants to relax, join in and add ruah to any service.   Her commitment to our liturgical tradition coupled with her willingness to innovate and bring in new material is ideally suited to today’s 21st century congregation.  As a clergy partner Deborah is everything a rabbi could ask for.  In addition to her undeniable talent she is the consummate professional.”    - Rabbi Avi Winokur

  • 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