Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon is pleased to announce
the creation of the “Betty Robbins Cantorial Fund”
the memory and historical contributions of the first Woman Cantor in Jewish
Betty Robbins was a member of Temple Emek Shalom during the last two years of her
life. She moved to Ashland in late 2002, joining two of her children, Judd and
Lin Robbins, who already lived here. Funds will be used for cantorial services
principally, but may also be used as supplemental funds for Rabbi Discretionary
purposes. We welcome contributions to this fund from family, friends, and all
other interested parties who wish to honor her memory and to reflect on her ground breaking 20th Century achievements.
Born in Greece, the daughter of Russian immigrants, Betty Robbins grew up in
Cavalla, Greece and Danzig, Poland. She emigrated from Poland to Australia in
1939, where she met and married her American husband Sheldon. As reported by
the New York Times and other publications, she made her official Cantorial
debut on Rosh Hashonah at Temple Avodah in New York on September 15, 1955.
Although she died on February 19, 2004 and is buried in Ashland, Oregon, she asked that
she specifically be remembered for her birth on April 9, 1924 and for the life
that she led. She is lovingly missed by all four of her children and their
Please consider making a financial and deductible donation to Temple Emek Shalom
to help keep her memory alive, and to honor her contributions to Judaism:
You may mail a check to Temple Emek Shalom at the address below
(note the Betty Robbins Cantorial Fund in your check's Memo field).
Credit card contributions may also be made.
Please call Temple Emek Shalom at the number below to provide your credit card information securely.
Temple Emek Shalom
PO Box 1107,
1800 East Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520