DAVIDSON – On Sunday April 14, a crowd of over 300 gathered to dedicate Temple Kol Tikvah, the first Jewish synagogue in the Lake Norman area.

“Have you ever started a temple?” asked Stacey Simms, emcee for the event. Many years, many sacrifices and many supportive people were required for the task.

Several of those supporters spoke, including Davidson Mayor John Woods, who called the dedication “a great moment for Davidson.”

Carol Quillen, president of Davidson College, also spoke, calling Rabbi Shields, who has served as college chaplain since 2008, “an incredible gift to students and faculty.”

Rabbi Shields prayed that their congregation would continue to be a sacred community, and that they would continue to live out their name, Kol Tikvah, which means voice of hope.

Other speakers included Father David Buck of St. Albans Episcopal Church, where the Jewish congregation met for three years; Sue Worrell of the Jewish Federation; a representative of Rabbi Judy Schindler of Temple Beth El in Charlotte; and co-presidents of Kol Tikvah, Len Sadek and Slade Goldstein.

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