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Temple Kol Tikvah announces new leader


July 5. David Lipper is the new rabbi at Temple Kol Tikvah, replacing Rabbi Michael Shields who was the Davidson congregation’s first spiritual leader. Rabbi 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.

He has extensive experience growing congregations, engaging the community 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.

Lipper had previously 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.

He has led interfaith trips to Israel and collaborated with faith-based communities, creating partnership and community with other houses of worship.

Temple Kol Tikvah, founded in 2000, is an inclusive community of more than 180 families associated with the Union of Reform Judaism.

Temple Kol Tikvah is known for its vibrant religious school and its focus on programming for individuals and families in all stages in life.

Shields, who served as the congregation’s first full-time Rabbi, accepted a position in Tallahassee, Fla. earlier this year.