Our History

Rabbi George Levy led the very first religious services of Oheb Sholom in 1864, with just 20 founding members. Originally an Orthodox congregation, this small but committed group was determined to see the Jewish community in Reading flourish and grow. For years, they met in rented or donated rooms, and finally in 1919, Oheb Sholom opened the doors of its first, permanent home in downtown Reading.

We are proud of the volunteers who have lead our Board of Trustees as Presidents since our formation. 

Over our history, ten Rabbis have graced our bemah.

Much has changed about RCOS since 1864. In 1909, the Temple’s affiliation changed from Orthodox to Reform. In 1999, we moved to a larger, more modern building in Wyomissing, a beautiful suburb of Reading. Today, our congregation has grown to about 225 families, and we celebrated our 150th Anniversary.

If you have a penchant for history, you might enjoy reading our History Circa 1939.  This History was written in celetration of our 75th anniversay, May, 1939.

Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom is a member synagogue of the Union for Reform Judaism.