After 15 years with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, Executive Director Lindsey B. Mintz will be departing to join the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee as Director of Community Engagement, where she will lead the Federation’s community relations, Israel engagement, programming, and marketing/communications. Her final day with the Indianapolis JCRC will be January 31, 2022.
It is an understatement to say that we will miss Lindsey and her ability to develop and nurture genuine relationships with such a diverse range of leaders on behalf of the Jewish community. The excellent programming that she envisioned and implemented alongside the JCRC’s professional team increased understanding on a range of complex topics both within the Jewish community as well as the community-at-large. Lindsey modeled empathy and inspired action that helped minimize the presence of hate, bigotry, and antisemitism in today’s polarized society, leaving a lasting impact on the Greater Indianapolis community.– Miriam Dant, Indianapolis JCRC Board President
During nearly 10 years as JCRC’s Executive Director, Lindsey Mintz has been the chief Jewish communal professional developing and executing successful strategies to build and strengthen relationships with a broad network of civic, faith, education, and elected leaders throughout Indiana to combat antisemitism, build coalitions, advocate for Israel, and convey the Jewish community’s collective interests and concerns. Under her leadership, JCRC met the growing needs of the Jewish community by expanding the professional team to broaden JCRC’s intergroup and multi-faith relationships, Jewish communal and civic engagement, as well as media relations impact. She also helped lead several legislator missions to DC and a powerful study tour of Israel for a dozen of Indy’s top civic leaders.
In recent years, during the precipitous rise in acts of antisemitism and expressions of anti-Zionism, Lindsey secured additional resources from generous donors to create and implement Stand Up! Speak Out!, which involves several proactive initiatives that reduce hate, combat antisemitism by ensuring accurate education in schools about Jews, Judaism, the Holocaust & Israel, and by helping Jewish youth constructively engage on Israel and effectively confront 21st-century antisemitism in all its forms.
Lindsey thoughtfully brought the voice of the Indianapolis Jewish community into key local civic conversations and spaces, having served as co-chair of the City of Indianapolis’ Race & Cultural Relations Leadership Network, as an officer of the Board of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, and as Board Chair of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation; as a founding member of the Indiana Multifaith Network and the Greater Indianapolis Multifaith Alliance; and on community advisory committees for the Indiana Historical Society, Newfields, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Opportunity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council. Nationally, Lindsey has served as an officer of the JCRC Directors Association for seven years, the last two as chair, and represents JCRC Directors on the board of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
As a Jewish communal professional, I am so grateful to have a career that reinforces my personal commitment to contributing to the vitality of the Jewish community, while fulfilling my professional calling to be a spokesperson on behalf of our community. It’s been an honor to serve the Indianapolis Jewish community by advocating for policies that live out the values that are important to us as both Jews and Americans. I consider it a privilege to have worked alongside such thoughtful and dedicated members of the JCRC Board, who value and respect the professional skills required to successfully do this work. While it’s difficult to leave Indianapolis and the state of Indiana – (I’ve always been so proud to introduce myself as a 3rd-generation Jewish Hoosier!) – my family is so fortunate to have the opportunity to live near the Barton and Mintz grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who live in Florida.
– Lindsey B. Mintz, Indianapolis JCRC Executive Director
A search committee will begin work immediately to conduct a national search to hire a new executive director. This committee is comprised of the following past, current, and future board presidents and current board members: Miriam Dant (President), Jamie Ratner Rich (Vice President), Todd Maurer (Past President), Steve Klapper (Past President), Eli Isaacs (Government & Domestic Affairs Committee Chair), and Jennifer Schwartz (At-Large Board Member). To ensure a smooth transition that enables the JCRC’s critical work to move forward, the search committee may consider hiring an interim director to fill whatever time exists between Lindsey’s departure and her successor’s start. More information from the search committee will follow in the coming weeks.
While it’s hard to imagine our JCRC without Lindsey at the helm, our Board is committed to identifying the best successor possible; this endeavor will be guided by a strategic assessment of JCRC’s work and impact. We are grateful that under Lindsey’s leadership, the strength of our JCRC is recognized and valued throughout Indiana and within the Jewish Community Relations field nationally.
– Jamie Ratner Rich, Indianapolis JCRC Vice President
There will be an opportunity to come together in early 2022 to thank Lindsey for everything she has done for JCRC, our Jewish community, and the community at large.