ONEONTA – Rabbi Emeritus Donald Neil Roberts, who served Oneonta’s Temple Beth El for 22 years, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, May 6, 2019, following a short illness.
He was born in the Bronx, to Irving and Florence (Sherman) Roberts. In 1967, he graduated from the Hebrew Union College with a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music and received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music in 2007. His rabbinic ordination was earned in 1990.
He married Barbara (Rapp) Roberts in 1977, with whom he shared his personal and professional life for 42 years.