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Congregation Rodef Sholom Mission Statement

Congregation Rodef Sholom is devoted to meeting the spiritual, educational and social needs of its members, with the goal of becoming a sacred community.  Together we are committed to God, Torah and Israel and carrying on our religious traditions.  We are dedicated to fulfilling our Jewish obligation of social action to help those in need and strive to be a caring and compassionate congregation.

About Us

Congregation Rodef Sholom is a Reform Jewish temple in Youngstown, Ohio. We are located at 1119 Elm Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44505. Founded in 1867, Rodef Sholom (“Pursuers of Peace”) is the oldest Jewish congregation in Youngstown. Our synagogue, with its awe-inspiring Sanctuary, seating 550 people, was dedicated in 1915. Throughout the years there have been many additions and renovations, including the Strouss Memorial Social Hall, the Tamarkin Chapel, the Wilkoff Library, Handler Hall and the Sisterhood Gift Shop. In 1993 we added an elevator wing, making Rodef Sholom accessible to all. And in 2001 we undertook and completed a renovation of our Sanctuary, renewing and recovering the seats, improving the spacing between rows, replacing the carpeting, and much more.

Rodef Sholom is affiliated with the Reform Movement through the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). We use the Mishkan T’Filah Prayer book with many contemporary English readings, as well as the traditional Hebrew. Our organist and soloist provide inspiring music, along with more informal music on the guitar provided by Rabbi Muller.

There is truly something for everyone at Congregation Rodef Sholom. Whether you are “just visiting”, or considering joining us as new members, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Rodef Sholom.

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