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).
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Assistant 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 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”, is what calls him to do advocacy work.
As the Program & Communications Coordinator at the JCRC, he is responsible for developing programs, amplifying the voices of the Jewish community though 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 inherent intersectionality of the Jewish community 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 and is a member of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs national cohort focusing on how to foster a deeper relationship between the Black and Jewish communities.
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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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