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Rabbi Michael Z. Davies Congregation Dor Tikvah in 2013, with his wife Ora, Rabbi Michael Davies became the Synagogue's first Rabbi. Rabbi Davies grew up in New Jersey where he attended Yeshiva day school and high school. He spent two years studying in Israel after high school, then went on to receive his Bachelors Degree in accounting from Yeshiva University. He completed his studies for ordination at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary which included an additional two years of study in Israel. As part of his studies, he interned at Ramaz Upper School of Manhattan, East Hill Synagogue in Englewood, NJ and the Riverdale Jewish Center in Bronx, NY. Prior to coming to Charleston, he spent 5 years as the Associate Rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation in Oakland, California."I recall fondly my visit to what was then the West Ashley Minyan several years ago. The energy and excitement that has grown since then is powerful." Rabbi Davies hit the ground running with a fantastic High Holy Day season and, along with our exceptional programming team, introduced a handful of youth and adult programming such as the Greatest Hits of the High Holy Days Service and our first annual Youth Candy Sukkah Building Contest.

Rabbi Davies is looking forward to meeting more and more members of the Charleston Jewish community and finding out what it is they are looking for in a congregation and community. He is working with synagogue leadership to further streamline and professionalize the inner-workings of Dor Tikvah. He also teaches classes in Addlestone Hebrew Academy.

Rabbi Davies has particular interest in Youth Education and Programming. He pulls from his studies as a member of Yeshiva University’s Experiential Jewish Education Certificate Program. Rabbi Davies hopes to capitalize on the existing focus on the youth of the congregationone of the attractive aspects of Dor Tikvah that drew him and his family here.  "The kids are the future of our community. It's so important to help them to be involved and excited about being a part of it." 

Rabbi Davies, Ora, and their children are very excited to be a part of Congregation Dor Tikvah. "We've come to view Dor Tikvah as extended family. It’s such a pleasure getting to know and love this community."           

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Sun, September 19 2021 13 Tishrei 5782