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Congregation Rodef Sholom Board of Trustees 2020-2021

Aaron Hively- President

Ron Heiman

Robert Rawl- Treasurer

Tedd Kunkel

Nancy Burnett - Secretary

Alan Nathan

Arthur Greenbaum- Past President

Tod Newman


Jane Pollack

Doug Abbatiello Kandy Rawl- Sisterhood

Neil Altman

Alan Samuels

Brigitt Berk

William Tractman

Sally Blau- Sisterhood

Samie Winick

Jason Bostocky

Milana Dimenstein

Phyllis Freedman

Bethany Goldberg



Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig, Interim Rabbi

Congregation Rabbi WinnigRodef Sholom welcomed Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig as Interim Rabbi on July 1, 2020. 
Rabbi Winnig has a wealth of experience serving Jewish communities, most recently as the interim rabbi of Achduth Vesholom in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she has served their community in their transition to finding a settled Rabbi to lead “One Congregation; Two Traditions” - the merger of Conservative and Reform congregations.   
Rabbi Winnig earned her BA with Honors in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and her MBA from the State University of New York.  She was ordained and received her Doctor of Divinity at Hebrew Union College in New York.  She served as senior rabbi for 16 years at Temple Sinai on Long Island, New York, until that synagogue closed.  
Rabbi Winnig’s international experience includes Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Department of Talmud; Hebrew lecturer in Auckland, New Zealand; and as High Holy Days rabbi in Guatemala City, Guatemala.     She also has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Madison, Wisconsin, and as Executive Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in Indianapolis, Indiana.   She has been a lecturer of Biblical Hebrew, a prison chaplain, and a religious school principal. 
Rabbi Winnig is the mother of two adult children, Karmi and Shai. 
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Sarah Wilschek, MNP, Executive Director

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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Rabbi Franklin W. Muller, D.D. ; Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi MullerRabbi Muller served as Rabbi of Congregation Rodef Sholom from 1995-2020. Prior to 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.

Constitution and Bylaws

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