Our mission is to safeguard the rights of Jews here, in Israel, and around the world. We also protect, preserve, and promote a just American society, one that is democratic and pluralistic.
About Indy JCRC
JCRC Executive Director Lindsey Mintz speaks out against Islamophobia after the ISNA headquarters was vandalized in 2016.
Since 1942, the JCRC has been the public affairs and community relations arm of the organized Jewish community in Indiana. We work to build consensus on public affairs issues and translate these positions into community action with the broader community, public officials, and other faith and ethnic communities. JCRC focuses on Israel advocacy and acts in coalition with other groups advocating civil rights and social & economic justice.
The JCRC convenes the Jewish community’s “Common Table” around which representatives from every Jewish agency, synagogue and organization are welcome and encouraged to sit together to find consensus on issues concerning the Jewish community. As the interfaith and intergroup arm of the Jewish community, we look to build bridges wherever possible. We are proactive in our Israel advocacy. We build strong coalitions. We promote accurate education about Jews, Judaism, and Israel in schools throughout Indiana. We are the community’s voice to civic leaders and elected officials both at the State and Federal levels. We establish and cultivate relationships – both within and among communities.
Members of the Jewish community learn strategies to talk about Israel at the NEXTGen Conference on Israel.
President: Stephen Klapper, MD
Stephen R. Klapper, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a life long resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Klapper has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). He completed JFGI’s Atid Advanced Leadership Program in 2010 and received the community’s distinguished L.L. Goodman Leadership Award in 2015. Dr. Klapper served as a co-chair of the 2015 and 2016 JFGI Annual Campaigns. He is currently President of the JCRC.
Dr. Klapper is an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Klapper has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals and is the author of several book chapters in his specialized field. Dr. Klapper is President of the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology, President of the esteemed American Eye Study Club, Board Director with the Indianapolis Medical Society, and member of the Practicing Ophthalmologists Advisory Committee for Education (POACE) in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also an active member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and numerous other medical professional organizations.
Vice President: Gadi Boukai
Gadi Boukai moved to the US from Israel in 1999. Since 2004, he is working as a residential real estate agent with the F.C. Tucker Co. He is married, lives in the north side and a father to two adult children. He serves as the President of Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation and as Executive Board member for the CIC- Center for Interfaith Cooperation.
Vice President: Miriam Dant
Government & Domestic Affairs Chair
Miriam Dant is the owner of her own government affairs and lobbying firm, Dant Advocacy, where she provides government affairs services to companies and associations interested in shaping public policy through state legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Government Relations Law since 2007, and was named Lawyer of the Year in Government Relations in Indianapolis in 2016. She also received the Influential Women in Indianapolis award from the Indianapolis Business Journal and the Indiana Lawyer, and was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40. In addition to serving on the JCRC board, she serves on the boards of the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, and the City of Carmel Ethics Commission. Previously, she served on the board of Second Helpings and the Bureau of Jewish Education.
Prior to forming Dant Advocacy, Miriam was a partner at the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels. She spent six years in state government, serving as former Governor Evan Bayh’s policy advisor for environmental and energy issues, Indiana Securities Commissioner, and Counsel to Indiana Secretary of State Joe Hogsett. Miriam and her husband Dave live in Carmel and have three children.
Treasurer: Jamie Ratner Rich
Jamie Ratner Rich, CFP® works as an Advisor with JP Morgan’s Private Bank, where she evaluates the resources available throughout the firm to determine which are best suited for each client’s current and future needs. These include capabilities in financial planning, trusts and wealth transfer strategies, private banking and investments.
An active member of the local community, Jamie serves on the boards of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. She previously served Dress for Success Indianapolis, where she continues to volunteer. In the past, she has served on the board for or been a volunteer with organizations including the Young Professionals of Central Indiana, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Girls Inc. of Indiana. She previously served two years as an advisor to an undergraduate investment course at Butler University, where she completed her MBA in Finance in May 2008. Jamie earned her Certified Financial Planner® designation in May of 2010. Jamie completed a double BA from Indiana University in 1998 in History and Jewish Studies.
She currently resides in Carmel with her husband, Jason, and their son, Charlie.
Secretary: Carly Turow
Community Engagement & Intergroup Affair Chair
Carly is Director of Industry Engagement for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and has worked for Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program as a Projects Specialist. Carly is a licensed attorney in Indiana and Illinois. Her law practice focused on small businesses during start-up and early operations, and civil defense for larger organizations. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue, where she specialized in human factors engineering. She worked with decision support tools for manufacturers, in-house with a software company, and as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Carly participated in the following yearlong selective leadership programs: Central Indiana Community Foundation Women’s Fund, OPTIONS (2008); Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, ATID (2011); Indianapolis Bar Association, Bar Leader Series (2012-2013); and Indiana Democratic Party, Emerging Leaders Project (2014). She chairs the Governance Committee for her Temple, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.
Carly and her husband, Larry, are both active in the Indianapolis and Jewish Communities, and live in Indianapolis with their three children.
At-Large: Aaron Aft
Israel & International Affairs Chairs
Immediate Past President: Judy Failer
Judy Failer has been on the faculty of political science at Indiana University, Bloomington for more than 20 years. Her research focuses on the justification of rights, especially rights of vulnerable populations. She teaches courses in political theory, constitutional law and theory, and ethics and public policy. She is also an adjunct professor in philosophy.
Failer has volunteered with the JCRC for more than 15 years. She also serves on the board of the Hasten Hebrew Academy. She previously served on the board of NCJW, taught religious school at Beth-El Zedeck, and worked as a guardian ad litem for the Marion County juvenile courts. In the political realm, Failer serves as a precinct chair. She also has extensive experience working on political campaigns for state representative and US Congress.
Past President: Shelby Anderson
Executive Director: Lindsey Mintz
Lindsey Mintz has been the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations since 2012, and served as the JCRC’s Government Affairs Director from 2002 to 2007.
JCRC is an active member of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation; Lindsey is currently serving as the Board Chair of this organization. She is also a member of the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network. Lindsey is a member of the inaugural class (2006) of Hoosier Fellows.
Lindsey is a graduate of the Borns Jewish Studies Program from IU Bloomington, where she focused on Jewish history and art history. She completed a Master’s in Public History from IUPUI, having written her Master’s thesis on the history of Jewish education in Indianapolis. Past Board memberships include the following: Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, JCRC, and the Indiana Jewish Historical Society.
Lindsey is a 3rd generation Jewish Hoosier, born and raised in South Bend. Her first trip to Israel consisted of a month-long stay on a kibbutz with her family when she was 9 years old; that was the first of over a dozen trips to Israel, including a visit as part of her participation in the March of the Living (which followed a week visiting concentration camps in Poland) (1994), a year attending the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1996), and a summer studying Hebrew in the North (2000).
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Assisant Director: David Sklar
David Sklar has been the JCRC’s Director of Government Affairs since 2007.
David has become a leading advocate on various public policy issues including human service funding, poverty, public education and immigration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Immigrant Welcome Center and also serves as a board member or officer of numerous domestic issue coalitions, including three years as President of the statewide Indiana Coalition for Human Services.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications Studies from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Before coming to the JCRC in 2007, David worked at the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis in the Camping and Youth Services Departments. While an undergraduate at Ball State, David was an active member and President of the Ball State Hillel.
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Program & Communications Coordinator: Aaron Welcher
Aaron Welcher has been a lifelong member of the Indianapolis Jewish Community. Aaron earned his B.S. in Public Affairs (SPEA) with a major in Law and Public Policy, and minor in Education Policy from Indiana University Bloomington.
While at IU Aaron was heavily involved in leadership and network management across many organizations: he served as his fraternity’s VP of External Affairs and on the Riley Development Committee for IUDM. Aaron has been a development intern at both the JCC and IU Hillel. He also worked for IU’s Student Life and Learning office as the Greek Education Coordinator where he brought leadership development, roundtables on risk management, sexual assault prevention training, alcohol and drug abuse intervention, and mental health awareness training programs to the Greek community.
Prior to working at the JCRC Aaron worked part-time in both a U.S. Senator’s Joe office and the JFGI office. Aaron strives to create a stronger open dialog among the many diverse communities and industries in Indianapolis.
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Israel & Antisemitism Education Coordinator: Marla Topiol
Marla Topiol comes to the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council from Livingston, New Jersey. Although a Jersey girl at heart, she gained a southern twang at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. At The College, she studied history, focusing on Jewish history, and minoring in sociology and Jewish studies. After graduation Marla continued her studies at Queen Mary University of London where she earned her Masters Degree with Merit in European Jewish History. Marla then participated in the Masa-Israel Teaching English Fellowship, where she taught English to Israeli middle schoolers and lived in Rehovot, Israel for ten months.
Marla brings with her a passion for Jewish history, a desire to help community life, and a talkative personality. In her free time she likes to go to the gym, travel to obscure Jewish historical landmarks, and watch nearly every tv show on cable.
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