Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 'Pursuers of Peace,' was founded in 1903. Starting with 26 families, it grew rapidly, and within a few years there were 100 families. With the growth and the well-known civic pride of our people, the old temple, as it was referred to in those days, had to give way to a more modern and substantial building which was erected in Ybor City in 1925 at a cost of $85,000. This beautiful sanctuary and the subsequent addition of an sducational building located on Palm Avenue served the congregation well. These buildings stood as a symbol of Conservative Judaism until 1968, when the present building on the Bayshore was constructed. During the intervening years as the congregation grew, many special events occurred. For the first time in our history, women were elected to the Executive Board.
In addition to regular religious school schedules and youth organizations, there have been Torah study sessions, adult education programs and also adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations. With the merger of Beth Israel Synagogue in June of 1980, Rodeph Sholom grew in members and spiritual strength. The leadership of Beth Israel gave our congregation new vigor and support.
In 2013, Rabbi Joshua Hearshen and Cantor Andres Kornworcel joined our congregation and have brought a young and vibrant dimension to our community. Rodeph Sholom has a contemporary dynamic, engaging people from all ages and backgrounds. We hope you will join us for a service in the near future.