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Congregation Rodef Sholom Board of Trustees 2019-2020

Aaron Hively- President

Ron Heiman

Michael Rawl- Vice President

Tedd Kunkel

Harvey Kayne- Treasurer

Alan Nathan

Douglas Abbatiello- Secretary

Tod Newman- Brotherhood

Arthur Greenbaum- Past President

Jane Pollack

Neil Altman

Kandy Rawl- Sisterhood

Brigitt Berk

Robert Rawl

Sally Blau- Sisterhood

Alan Samuels

Jason Bostocky

William Tractman

Nancy Burnett

Samie Winick

Phyllis Freedman


Bethany Goldberg


Rabbi Franklin W. Muller, D.D.

Congregation Rabbi MullerRodef Sholom is most fortunate to have Rabbi Franklin W. Muller, D.D. as its spiritual leader. Rabbi Muller has been serving the congregation since 1995. Born in San Francisco, Rabbi Muller received a BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and acquired his rabbinic ordination in 1983 at the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2008, Rabbi Muller was honored by his alma mater and awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree for 25 years of service in the rabbinate.
Before coming to Youngstown, Rabbi Muller served for ten years as Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, Virginia, preceded by two years as assistant Rabbi at Temple Israel in St. Louis.
Rabbi Muller works in all areas of Temple life. He is committed to helping people uncover the richness of Judaism and deepen their bonds with it. He envisions a truly involved community of members actively searching for spiritual growth, educational enrichment, and social interaction. His wife Darlene is very active in the congregation and has had numerous leadership roles in both the Jewish and secular community.

Sarah B. Wilschek, MNP

Congregation Rabbi MullerRodef Sholom welcomed Sarah Wilschek as their first Executive Director in April 2019. Sarah received her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in Business Administration. Following a career in financial services and insurance, she began working with the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown as their Youth and Family Director/ Camp Director in 2012 and remained there until March 2019; her final role with the JCC was as their Community Development Manager.  During her tenure at the Jewish Community Center, Sarah decided to pursue a lifelong career in nonprofit management with a focus on the Jewish community. In 2018 Sarah completed her Master's degree in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College. Her graduate thesis focused on the history and strategic future of the Jewish Youngstown. Currently, Sarah lives in Liberty with her husband David, children Jacob and Shayna, our family dog, Mando, and family friend Hunter Thomas.
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Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution and Bylaws- Updated 2013

Currently under review- please contact the office with concerns.

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