Jewish Youngstown Resources


A History of Jewish Youngstown and the Steel Valley, by Thomas Welsh, Joshua Foster, and Gordon F. Morgan Jr. (History Press & Mahoning Valley Historical Society, 2017).

These are the Names: The History of the Jews of Greater Youngstown, Ohio, 1865-1990, by Irving E. Ozer, Harry Alter, Lois Davidow, and Saul Friedman (1994); available thanks to the generosity of the Ozer family.

Hannah K. Klacik, “Architecture and Community: Congregation Rodef Sholom, Youngstown, OH” (MA Thesis, YSU, 2022)

Sarah B. Wilschek, “The Future of the Jewish Rust Belt: A Critical Analysis of on Rust Belt Jewish Community
(MA Thesis, Graetz College).

Ongoing Research Projects

Congregation Rodef Sholom Awarded Grant for Preservation of Historical Records,” Mahoning Matters (May 11, 2021).

Holocaust Testimonies: Survivors with Youngstown Connections

Selected USC Shoah Foundation Videos
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Amcha: An Oral Testament of the Holocaust by Saul S. Friedman (University Press of America, 1979) [out of print; available at CJHS Library]

Henry Kinast

Esther Shudmak
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Bill Vegh