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About

Our Mission

Since 1942, the JCRC’s mission has been to safeguard the rights of Jews here, in Israel, and around the world. JCRC works to protect and promote a just American society, one that is democratic and pluralistic.  JCRC combats antisemitism through relationship-building and education.

About Indy JCRC

Lindsey Mintz, Executive Director, leading a discussion at our symposium on antisemitism.

Established by the Indiana Jewish community while the Holocaust was unfolding in Europe, the core of JCRC’s mission is to safeguard Jews here in the U.S., in Israel, and around the world, by combatting antisemitism through relationship-building and education. Since 1942, the JCRC has been the public affairs, interfaith, intergroup. and media relations arm of the organized Jewish community. JCRC works to protect and promote an American society that is just, democratic, and pluralistic.

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. We then translate these positions into action with the broader community, public officials, civic leaders, educators, the media, and other faith & ethnic communities by building partnerships. As the interfaith and intergroup relations arm of the Jewish community, we look to build bridges wherever possible, acting in coalition with groups that fight discrimination and advocate for human & civil rights and social & economic justice.

We advocate and educate. We cultivate relationships and build strong coalitions. We initiate change.

Professional Team

 

Executive Director: Lindsey Mintz

Lindsey Mintz has been the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council since 2012, and served as the JCRC’s Government Affairs Director from 2002 to 2007. 

Lindsey currently serves as the Co-Chair of the City of Indianapolis’ Race & Cultural Relations Leadership Network, on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, and is a past Board Chair of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. Lindsey is a member of the inaugural class (2006) of the Hoosier Fellows Leadership Program, which is an initiative of IU’s Randall Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Borns Jewish Studies Program from IU Bloomington (1998), where she focused on Jewish history and art history. She completed a Master’s in Public History from IUPUI (2005), having written her Master’s thesis on the history of Jewish education in Indianapolis.

Lindsey is a 3rd generation Jewish Hoosier, born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. 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 well over a dozen trips to Israel, including as a March of the Living participant (1994), a year attending the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1996), and a summer studying Hebrew in the North (2000).

Contact Lindsey: lmintz@indyjcrc.org

Communications & Advocacy Associate: Aaron Welcher

Aaron Welcher has been a lifelong member of the Indianapolis Jewish community who believes in building a more just and pluralistic society for all. He credits the Jewish (and Muslim!) teaching, “saving one life, is as if you saved the entire world,” which calls him to do advocacy work.

As the Communications & Advocacy Associate at the JCRC, he is responsible for developing programs, amplifying the Jewish community’s voices through communications, and being a resource for the press by engaging in media relations. He helps to form diverse coalitions and build meaningful relationships by engaging in multi-faith and intergroup affairs.

Aaron, who is Jewish & LGBTQ+, believes the Jewish community’s inherent intersectionality is a strength. He has a passion for many causes, including ending systemic issues like antisemitism & racism, addressing the eviction and housing crisis, and justice for people who are immigrants and refugees. Recently, he has been working on addressing bias & hate within the Jewish. He currently sits on the national Jewish Rohingya Justice Network. He is a member of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs national cohort, focusing on fostering a deeper relationship between the Black and Jewish communities. In addition, Aaron is working to bring faith voices into advocacy around the Equality Act.

Contact Aaron: awelcher@indyjcrc.org

Holocaust Educator and Human Rights Associate: Amber Maze

Amber Maze is an expert in the field of genocide education and mass atrocity prevention. Her work focuses on human rights in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Holocaust and genocide education, human rights advocacy, and the preservation of memory. Amber’s academic and professional career has led her to work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Enough Project, a Washington D.C. based genocide prevention organization that focuses on human rights issues in Africa. Amber holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Ball State University and a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Stockton University of New Jersey. She currently holds the position of Holocaust Educator and Human Rights Associate for the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and serves as the Co-Founder and Chief Policy Officer of the Crane Center for Mass Atrocity Prevention.

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Contact Amber: amaze@indyjcrc.org

Student to Student Coordinator & Programming Associate: Robbie Alder

Robbie has been an active volunteer in the Indianapolis Jewish community for over 10 years, and has been the PJ library coordinator with JFGI since early 2019.  Robbie’s educational background includes Jewish studies, library studies, and educational technology, which has led her to work as a classroom teacher, a librarian, an academic advisor, and in faculty development.  After finding her passion working for the Jewish community, Robbie has served hundreds of central Indiana Jewish families by managing the PJ Library program and offering fun and inclusive engagement opportunities for all ages.  I know how excited Robbie is to sharing her knowledge and dedication with the Jewish community through the Student to Student program!

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Contact Robbie: rkalder@indyjcrc.org

Executive Committee

 

President: Miriam Dant

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.

Vice President: Jamie Ratner Rich, CFP®

Jamie Ratner Rich, Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), joined The Knall/Cohen/Pence Group of Stifel in 2020.   Since 2000, Jamie has had the honor and pleasure of working with families to create purpose-driven plans suited to their personal and financial goals. Jamie focuses on gaining a thorough understanding of her clients’ goals and priorities to continually and proactively provide bespoke, family wealth management plans surrounding those personal and financial goals. She is highly experienced in managing both sides of her clients’ balance sheets and working with individuals, corporations, and endowments.

Jamie most recently served as Executive Director, Private Banking, at J.P. Morgan Chase, where she worked since 2010.  Prior to that, she served as Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and as Vice President, Private Banking, at National City (PNC).  Her experience also includes acting as the CEO of a small company.

Highly active in the community, Jamie serves as vice president of The Jewish Community Relations Council and as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. She previously served as a board member of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Dress for Success Indianapolis, where she continues to volunteer.  She also previously served as a board member and volunteer with organizations including the Young Professionals of Central Indiana, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfields), Girls Inc. of Indiana, and the Indy Hub.

Jamie previously served two years as an advisor to an undergraduate investment course at Butler University, where she earned an MBA in Finance in 2008.  She earned the CFP® certification in 2010 and, in that same year, completed OPTIONS with Women’s Fund of The Central Indiana Community Foundation.  In 2019, she was honored to become a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program.  She also holds a B.A. in History and Jewish Studies from Indiana University.

 

Vice President: Aaron Aft

Aaron Aft is a partner in the Real Estate practice group at Ice Miller LLP, Aaron works with investment firms, banks, developers, brokers, management companies, non-profits, public and private companies, and entrepreneurs. Aaron has assisted clients in making donations of real estate assets to municipalities and non-profit organizations, and he has helped non-profit and community organizations in acquiring and leasing real estate.

Prior to joining Ice Miller, Aaron represented businesses and individuals in business and civil disputes in state and federal court. Aaron also worked as a civilian law clerk for the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and as a legislative intern in the Capitol Hill office of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.  Aaron earned a juris doctor from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington) where he graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 2011. Before attending law school, Aaron worked for a Washington D.C.-based law firm specializing in the representation of defense companies on Capitol Hill.

Treasurer: Drew Miroff

Drew is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1996, with high honors. In 1999, he earned his juris doctor, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Ill. While attending law school, he was a member of the National Moot Court Team, the co-chairperson for the Julius Miner Moot Court Competition and served on the SBA Admissions Committee. Drew joined Ice Miller in 1999.  Drew Miroff is a partner in the Business Litigation Group. He concentrates his practice in complex litigation focusing on supply chain, products, business and land use litigation.  Drew currently serves as the Chair of the Ice Miller Strategic Planning Committee.

Secretary:  Eli Isaacs

Eli is an associate in corporate practice at Faegre Baker Daniels, where he counsels and assists companies on a variety of corporate and commercial transactions. 

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Eli worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, where his practice focused on corporate and financial transactions as well as U.S. bank regulatory matters.  Eli serves as Co-chair of the JCRC’s Government and Domestic Affairs Committee.  He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Stacy and their daughter Lilah.

Immediate Past 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. 

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.