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Meet Our Staff Members

Jennah Scher, Executive Director

Jennah (Craig) Scher, Executive Director, is originally from Fremont, Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and a Master's degree in Middle East Studies from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva, Israel.

Prior to joining Temple Israel Jennah served as the Director of the Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus at the Ohio Democratic Party, and as the Assistant Director at AJC (American Jewish Committee) in San Francisco, an international human rights non-profit. She has also spent time working in Ohio state government, two competitive state-wide campaigns and the Knesset where she worked for a progressive MK seeking a two-state solution for Israel.

Jennah has been involved in the Jewish community in both Columbus and San Francisco. She attended the Florence Melton Mini School through the Columbus Jewish Federation, which inspired her participation in a MASA Israel Program. She also served as a past Chair of the East Bay Jews through the Jewish Federation of the East Bay.

Jennah and her partner, Evan, live in South Bexley with their sons Miles and Ezra, and dog Akiva.

She can be reached by e-mail at: or by phone at 614.866.0010 ext 115.


Beata Abraham, Religious Education Director

Beata Abraham was born in Budapest, Hungary. but grew up primarily in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona before moving to Jerusalem, Israel for six years. There she served in the Israeli Defense Forces and attended Graduate Studies in Jewish History at Bar Ilan University, in Ramat Gan as well as Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Beata has spent more than twenty years specializing in Jewish Education for for both youth and adult learning in the New York City area, as well as in the San Francisco Bay area. She has worked as a classroom educator, has developed Religious and Hebrew School curriculum, created several Jewish learning program initiatives, presented workshops on emotional intelligence to teens and has served as the Education Director of a Temple in New York City. She is also a published author of a Jewish-interest nonfiction book, From Travail to Triumph, the Story of Abraham Naymark.

Her work includes time at Yeshivat Ohr Haiim, in Little Neck, Temple Emanuel, Park Avenue, and Bay Terrace Jewish Center, in Bayside, among others in the Greater New York City area. After relocating to Northern California almost three years ago, Beata has continued to expand her experience in Jewish education, working with Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, Congregation Sinai in San Jose, and Yavneh Day School in Los Gatos.

Beata believes that Jewish learning is a lifelong, never ending pursuit and that being a part of a Jewish community strengthens its members individually. She is joining our community with her four children, Talia, Arielle, Noah and Adam.

Beata may be reached via email at or by phone at 614-866-0010 ext. 114.


Ruth Silverman, Clergy Assistant

Ruth Klarin Silverman has been our Clergy Assistant for 14 years.

Ruth came to Temple Israel after a eclectic career in Columbus in Special Event planning; in retail - she owned a gift shop; in non-profit management (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation National office); and in politics - legislative aide at the Statehouse, and as an investigator at the Ohio Attorney General's Office. 

Born in Dayton, Ruth moved a little further East to Columbus for college.  She holds a dual degree from The Ohio State University in Political Science & English.  Her affiliation with Temple Israel is very important to her, as are the many friends she has made through the years!

When not at Temple Israel, Ruth can be found in her garden, weeding; in her kitchen, cooking; or in her den, sewing, or walking a dog! She and her husband have 2 married children, a son & a daughter, who live in New York City and each of those children has two young children.  Being a long-distance Nana, keeps Ruth on the go - and very familiar with LaGuardia Airport!

Email Ruth at or by phone at 614-866-0010 ext. 102.


Zachary Looper-Friedman, Accounting Manager


Zach, or Zachary if you’re upset with him, was born and reared in Columbus, Ohio, where he became involved with an extended Jewish community through regional and national leadership in a Jewish youth group.  He went on to graduate with honors from Ohio University, Athens, with a focus in economics.  Zach has been working with small business bookkeeping and accounting since 2006 when he started keeping the books for a small Columbus law firm during college and more recently for the better part of a decade with a small business in San Francisco’s financial district.    

Since moving back to the Columbus area, Zach, and his beautiful, talented, Bay-Area raised partner, Jennifer, have enjoyed exploring all the wonderful food the city has to offer, starting, and sometimes even finishing, DIY projects on their home, and entertaining their daughter, Sydney, son, Joss, and puppy, Helo.  There may be a cat, as well.

If you see Zach at Shul, or even out-and-about in Columbus, please don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation about Buckeye football, any Cleveland sports team, your favorite restaurant in the Bay-Area, the most adorable thing your puppy dog did recently, or whether you think Eric Bibb or Keb’ Mo’ has more soul.

Email Zach at or by phone at 614-866-0010 ext. 107.

Temple Israel Foundation Staff

Elaine Tenenbaum, Foundation Executive Director

Elaine is the former Executive Director of Temple Israel, as well as a former Sisterhood president and former Temple Israel Board member and officer. She holds a BA from Miami University and an MA in English from the University of Dayton where she was a teaching assistant. She was a Senior Member of the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA) and served on the Finance and Conference Committees. Elaine was awarded the "Service to Community Award" by this national society of peers.

Previously, Elaine was the recipient of the "Outstanding Young Woman in America" Award and, more recently, Temple Sisterhood's "Now & Forever" Lifetime Achievement Award. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of Laurie (David) Rosenfeld, Seattle and Doug (Michelle Berkowitz) Tenenbaum, Columbus, and grandson, Evan. All have loved their affiliation with Temple Israel.

Elaine may be reached via email at: or by phone at 614-866-0010 ext. 109.

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