About Us

About Our Rabbi

Congregation Rodef 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. She is currently Adult Program/Volunteer/Outreach Director at the Jewish Community Center.

About Congregation Rodef Sholom

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.