As a small, premier liberal arts college, Davidson is an excellent setting for an active Jewish community.

We recognize and value the uniqueness of every Jewish student and are invested in their individual growth. Administrators, faculty, alumni and parents are committed to nurturing the experience of Jewish students so that Davidson feels like a home away from home.

Approximately five percent of Davidson's student body is Jewish. They come from over 20 states and the District of Columbia. Most are in the Reform tradition; many are Conservative or identify as culturally but not religiously Jewish.

Within walking distance of campus is Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman, a congregation affiliated with the Reform Movement. Students can participate fully in the life of the congregation and have opportunities to teach in the Sunday school.

Hillel

Davidson College Hillel is a welcoming student-led organization that celebrates the diversity of Jewish lives, experiences, and cultures. We foster an inclusive community in which individuals can explore and celebrate their Jewish identity (whether religious or cultural) through connections with other students, faculty, staff, and the local community. Hillel members host frequent Shabbat gatherings in our residence halls, as well as fun activities during campus celebrations of Sukkot and Hanukkah.

All Religious and Spiritual Life Organizations

Meet the Rabbi

Rabbi David Lipper of Temple Kol Tikvah works with Hillel student leaders in implementing Jewish religious, cultural and social programming. As our Campus Rabbi and a member of the Chaplains' Office staff, he also works with colleagues to serve the diverse spiritual needs of the campus community.

Lipper holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, Rabbinics, from Hebrew Union College. He was ordained as a rabbi in 1988 and has served congregations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Texas, and, most recently, the state of Washington. Contact Rabbi Lipper at rabbi@templekoltikvah or (452) 941-2724.

Holidays

  • High Holy Days: Jewish students at Davidson College are welcome to observe and celebrate the High Holy Days on campus with Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman (Reform). Services are free and open to the Davidson College community, and no tickets are required. If students wish to connect with a different synagogue, Rabbi Lipper and the Chaplains' Office will help make those arrangements.
  • Passover: Hillel leads a lively seder for Davidson students and staff. A delicious dinner is enjoyed by more than 100 seder participants. Reservations are greatly appreciated.

Area Synagogues

Temple Kol Tikvah The town of Davidson is home to Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman, a congregation affiliated with the Reform Movement. Students can participate fully in the life of the congregation and have opportunities to teach in the Sunday school.

The nearby city of Charlotte also has its own vibrant Jewish community:

From High School to College

Making the transition from high school to college for Jewish students has never been easier. Hillel International has an amazing new resource where graduating seniors can self-identify and their information will be shared with their new college/university's Hillel.