In August 1986, Rabbi Aryeh and Henny Rodin moved to Far North Dallas to start an Orthodox community and Torah outreach center. For sixteen months, Shabbos services and Torah classes were held in the Rodin’s living room. Slowly, a handful of people started to attend regularly. Realizing that growth would be impossible in such tight quarters, this fledgling group rented space from a local shopping center to heighten its visibility, and ultimately, its viability.
As the congregation continued to grow, Rabbi and Henny approached a number of qualified people to become Ohev Shalom’s first board of directors. In 1992, Ohev Shalom purchased the 1 acre property that it now occupies at the corner of Hillcrest Road and McCallum Blvd. A three-step building construction and renovation program was implemented over time to continually meet the needs of its growing membership.