Rabbi Brett Krichiver came to Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation for one reason: to share his passion for Torah and the way it transforms lives and relationships. He strives always to teach our ancient text in accessible ways, and to reconnect members of our community with their heritage in the classroom and from the pulpit. He hopes to bring Torah into life’s most intimate moments: to inspire a new parent, or console a grieving spouse, to find words for the joy and love we feel when we are most connected with one another.
Rabbi Brett created transformational change in Los Angeles at Stephen S. Wise Temple, and then at UCLA piloting a new national program in Jewish outreach and engagement. He brought to Indianapolis his desire to bring Judaism to disaffected and unaffiliated Jews through real tikkun – social change, tefillah – new and engaging forms of worship, and to create a real sense of relationship and shared community.
Another great passion in our senior rabbi’s professional life is the cultural arts. He has produced multiple theatrical performances, and brings his own dramatic writings and Iyyunim (liturgical poems) into our community each Shabbat. Rabbi Krichiver seeks to engage and inspire through creative expressions of Judaism – music, visual art, and especially theater. He is a Wexner Fellow and a Bronfman Alum. He is a founding clergy member of IndyCAN, a community organizing group partnering with religious institutions city-wide. He also serves as a Board Member at Second Helpings and Planned Parenthood. He participates in the Northside Clergy Group, creating interfaith programming throughout Indianapolis, and serves on the Advisory Committee for Goldman Union Camp Institute, his childhood camp. He is past chair of the Indiana Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Krichiver is married to Tami Krichiver, a licensed clinical psychologist. The love of their lives is their daughter, Sierra.
Cantor Aviva Marer is thrilled to be joining the wonderful and dynamic clergy team at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Born into a family of Bene Israel Jews from India, Cantor Marer grew up in Canada with a strong sense of cultural Indian Judaism. Bene Israel Jews can be traced back to the early 15th century, and Cantor Marer’s grandfather built the first synagogue in New Delhi, which still stands to this day. She enjoys teaching about her heritage and was honored to have been featured in the Smithsonian’s 2014 touring exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shaping the Nation.
A renowned singer with impressive vocal ability, Cantor Aviva Marer has performed twelve shows to date at Carnegie Hall with the prestigious choral group Essential Voices USA. This group was also featured in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which Cantor Marer was thrilled to be a part of. Her dedication to musical excellence is evident in everything she does, both on and off the bima. Cantor Marer takes great pride in seamlessly weaving together musical styles to create a meaningful worship experience. She loves a wide array of musical genres and believes that the universal language of music has the ability to lift our souls and create community.
Cantor Marer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Vocal Performance and a Master’s degree in Choral and Orchestral Conducting. She has had the distinct honor of conducting internationally acclaimed ensembles all over the world. In May of 2013, Cantor Marer was ordained from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. During her time at HUC-JIR, she was awarded the Women of Reform Judaism Prize twice. She was also selected to conduct multiple choral ensembles, and most notably, debuted a world premiere of Heinrich Shalit’s unpublished choral work, Song of the Sun. Before arriving at IHC, Cantor Marer had the pleasure of serving Temple Emanu-El of Edison, NJ for five years. Her time as a student also offered her the opportunity to work with Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Manhattan, Temple Israel of Staten Island, Riverdale Temple of the Bronx and Temple Emanuel of Roanoke, Virginia.
Cantor Marer and her husband Jim are excited newcomers to the Midwest and are thoroughly enjoying the fresh air and change of pace. Together with their young son Benjamin, and daughter, Sofia, Cantor Marer and Jim enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time as a family.
While we all walk through the same doorway to the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, each one of us has had different moments that bring us to call this sacred space our home. Rabbi Scott Fox is excited to talk together about what makes IHC near and dear to your heart. He is inspired by moments of connection, by the conversations and experiences that allow us to share the things that are deep in our souls with one another. Rabbi Scott keeps the door to his office open for just that reason. He cannot wait to hear what you love and care about and what sacred moments have impacted you throughout your life.
Before joining the team at IHC Rabbi Scott spent two years serving as the Reform Campus Rabbi at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Rabbi Scott built deep relationships and created meaningful, transformative experiences with students. His passion for building community together, through relationship and partnership, led him to direct the Repair the World initiative on campus. This venture leveraged volunteer and community organizing techniques to mobilize the Jewish community on campus.
Rabbi Scott loves the multi-generational fabric of congregational life, and is energized by the intersection of generations at IHC. He is excited to share meaningful moments with people of all ages in the community. Rabbi Scott and Dori Chandler created and directed Camp Tikvah, a social action-oriented day camp for Jewish Middle School students. Having started innovative and successful projects for Jews in their 20s and 30s in Cleveland, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York, Rabbi Scott is excited to bring his expertise in engagement to disconnected Jews in the Indianapolis community.
Rabbi Scott also brings his music to the community. A trained Jazz guitarist, Rabbi Scott studied with John Pisano in Los Angeles. Rabbi Scott loves to teach about all Jewish texts, most especially contemporary Jewish fiction, in which he holds a BA. In the summer of 2014, Rabbi Scott and Dori Chandler joyfully brought friends and family together to another camp of their creation for three days, Camp Dodim, to celebrate their marriage.
Janice L. Roger
Cantor Janice L. Roger came to IHC in 1979, after completing her cantorial studies at the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College.
A native of Chicago, Cantor Roger grew up at Temple Beth Israel where she began singing in the choir at age 8. Janice studied at Chicago Musical College, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History. She also did course work in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the Spertus College of Judaica prior to attending HUC.
Working with IHC’s Congregational Choir, 65th Street Klezmorim, Chai Notes Family Choir, and other musical groups keep Cantor Roger busy. She also teaches bar/bat mitzvah students, and is the music teacher for the Early Childhood Center. Also, she teaches in the Religious School and the Adult Jewish Academy. Non-musical items in Cantor Roger’s portfolio include the Chevrat Chesed (Caring Community), Heritage Committee, and Cultural Arts Committee, with its biennial Festival of Jewish Cultural Arts.
Locally, Cantor Roger has sung with the Indianapolis Arts Chorale, Ronen Chamber Ensemble, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. She has coordinated interfaith choral programs, the Jewish Choral Festival, and the Young People’s Jewish Music Competition. Cantor Roger has also performed with the Raanan Orchestra in Israel and, most recently, at the D-Day Museum in New Orleans. Her vocal music interests range from liturgical music, to opera, to Yiddish, to musical theater. In 1999, Cantor Roger received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Cantor Roger is married to Indianapolis native Brandon Roger. They have two sons, Eddie and Miles.
Executive Director – Dan Silien
Director of Lifelong Learning – Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro
ECC Director – Taryn Fartouh
ECC Assistant Director – Angela Eubanks
Accounting Manager – Kathy Madvig
Bookkeeper – Kay Tucker
Librarian – Evelyn Pockrass
Youth Coordinator – Matthew Hastings
Administrative Assistant to Clergy – Amber Harter
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Lifelong Learning – Barbara Chapman
Administrative Assistant – Kendra Steele
Board of Directors
President – Marc Katz
President Elect – Eloise Paul
Vice President – Mitch Katz
Treasurer – Diane Lutz
Secretary – Judy Sosin
Immediate Past President – Patti Freeman Dorson
Sisterhood President – Amy Isaacs
Brotherhood President – Neal Ginsberg
Cynthia Yosha Snyder