Arielle Rachel Scheier and Ross Benjamin Friedman were married at Adath Israel Synagogue on November 10, 2019. Ari is the daughter of Etti and Michael Scheier of Cincinnati and the granddaughter of Meir Elkayam and the late Rachel Elkayam of Be’er Sheva, Israel, and the late Ellen and Martin Scheier of Long Beach, NY. Ross is the son of Cheri and Tod Friedman of Bexley, Ohio, and grandson of the late Katherine and Bernard Friedman, the late Rita and Martin Hoffman, and Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman.
Rabbi Avraham Goldstein of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Columbus, Ohio officiated at the wedding, and at the Tish and Bedeken ceremonies. The bride’s sister, Alex Scheier, was Maid of Honor and among the bridesmaids were Ari’s sister-in-law Aliza Scheier, and Ross’s sisters Kara Friedman and Rachel Gold. Among the groomsmen were the Ari’s brothers Benjamin and Matan Scheier and Ross’s brother-in-law, Matt Gold. Ari’s nephews, Ezra, Leon, and Jonah Scheier, were ring bearers. The reception, attended by 400 guests, followed at Adath Israel. The hora was purported to be “the best ever.”
On the Saturday evening before the wedding, Ari’s family hosted a Moroccan Hena celebration, another wedding party really. Etti’s parents were Moroccan immigrants to Israel and the Hena is a Moroccan Jewish wedding tradition. There were over 200 guests. They served Moroccan-themed food and had a DJ playing Moroccan music. The bride and groom, and their families and good friends, dressed in traditional clothing brought from Israel.
During the ceremony portion of the evening, the bride and groom received gifts from their families. Etti Scheier and Orna Elkayam, the bride’s aunt from Israel, put hena dye on the palms of the guests. In Morocco, the hena celebration sometimes lasts several days and the hena-stained hand identified the invited guests and families. The room was decorated authentically and elaborately. “The room was really a work of art,” said Michael Scheier.
Ari Scheier studied education and Jewish Studies at both the University of Colorado at Boulder and The Ohio State University. She teaches first grade Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Columbus.
Ross Friedman is a former professional soccer player. He attended Harvard University and is currently in finance.
Benson Stone and Marlena Humphries became engaged on December 13. Benson’s parents are Dr. Howard and Sharon Stone of Louisville, Ky. Marlena's parents are the late John and Doris Humphries of Cincinnati.
Marlena is a hiring and retention manager in Cincinnati. Benson is a substitute teacher. They met through a dating website and are planning a December 2020 wedding.
Stone said he had been on both general and Jewish dating websites, and wasn’t expecting much from another one, for people aged 50 and older. “I treated it as an if all else fails option, said Stone. “Ironically, that's the one that worked for me. Marlena wasn't expecting much from it either. She found me, and we communicated for a couple of weeks. Our first date was August 7th; we became a couple shortly thereafter. I popped the question on December 13, 2019, and the rest is history. We are in the process of planning the wedding. December 13, 2020 is the target date.”
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