DAVIDSON – Rabbi David Lipper has begun his duties as the second spiritual leader in the history of the Temple Kol Tikvah congregation.
Lipper joins the Lake Norman Jewish community from Bellevue, Wash., where he served for five years as interim and senior rabbi for Temple B’nai Torah. Lipper brings extensive experience guiding growing congregations, building community engagement and supporting strategic development.
“We are excited to have Rabbi Lipper join us as we start this new chapter in the journey of our congregation,” said Temple Kol Tikvah president Daniel Tobias.
Prior to joining Temple B’nai Torah, Lipper served as an intentional interim rabbi for several congregations across the country, assisting with outreach, community building and strategic planning in addition to providing spiritual guidance and support.
Interfaith outreach and collaboration have been a long-term focus for Lipper. He has led interfaith trips to Israel and collaborated with faith-based communities, creating partnerships and community connections with other houses of worship.
“All along the way, I have believed in the idea of Judaism as a big tent, open and welcoming to all who want to enter,” Lipper’s wrote on the temple’s website. “People need a spiritual home that nurtures them and guides them down sacred paths. That is what has brought me to Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman, a congregation that embraces this idea, that has become a home to so many and has opened its arms wide for all who need. We are a kaleidoscope of backgrounds and beliefs and through our combined lens, we embrace all the colors of the rainbow.”
Temple Kol Tikvah, founded in 2000 and with headquarters on South Street in Davidson, is an inclusive and egalitarian Jewish community of more than 180 families associated with the Union of Reform Judaism. Since its inception, Temple Kol Tikvah has drawn families from across the region in large part through its religious school and its focus on programming for individuals and families.
Rabbi Michael Shields, who served as the congregation’s first full-time rabbi, accepted a position in Tallahassee, Fla. earlier this year.
“I believe Rabbi Lipper will connect well with our congregation and be a real asset to the community of Lake Norman,” said Temple Kol Tikvah founding member and past president Slade Goldstein.
The public is invited to join the congregants of Temple Kol Tikvah to observe the Shabbat and welcome Rabbi Lipper at Shabbat services starting at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12. A reception will follow the service.