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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. Currently, she is serving on the Ohio Univerity Hillel's Board of Trustees. 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.


Ruth Silverman, Program Director

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, who lives nearby & a daughter, who lives in New York City. Each of  those children has two young children.  Being a local and 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.


Jodi Bumgarner, Communications Manager

Jodi is a Columbus, Ohio native and graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She has had a wide range of careers including librarian, computer tech, retail associate, medical secretary, marketing assistant and auction house associate.

When she isn't working on the  website or creating new graphics for Temple Israel Columbus, you can find Jodi reading a lot of non-fiction, working on a craft project, watching historical dramas on Netflix, and researching the latest topic that strikes her fancy.

Jodi lives in Central Ohio with her three spoiled dogs, Dilly, Cleo and Bella.

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