Rabbi David Lipper
The opportunity to inspire and teach is what led me to the decision to become a rabbi.
I believe that Judaism holds the answers to life’s deepest questions. I am passionate about
my own spirituality and I try to foster the spiritual journey in both young and old. I believe
that the synagogue is the pathway through this spiritual connection is fostered. My greatest
desire is to build sacred community. I believe very strongly in the power of community and
the important role the rabbi plays in helping to shape it. I have always been proud of my
community. We are people working to maintain and grow Judaism for the future. We have
the opportunity to create the future of Jewish life and learning and inspire the next generation.
I consider myself a teacher, spiritual guide, passionate social advocate, innovative worship leader, strategic thinker, fundraiser and driver of innovative congregational programming. I try to foster a sense of sacred partnership and hope to build effective long-term creative relationships with lay leaders and congregants of all ages.
My rabbinic journey has taken me to many communities. I have served now as an intentional interim rabbi for Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, WA; Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown, CT; Temple B’nai Israel in Little Rock, AR; and Temple Chai in San Antonio. I have served as a rabbinic resource for congregations in Panama City, Florida; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Corpus Christi, Texas and at Congregation Emanu-El in Houston, TX. And I have served the following communities as a full-time settled Rabbi: Temple Israel in Akron, Ohio, Temple Emanuel in McAllen, Texas, and Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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. 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.
Come join me on this journey of the spirit!