Senior Rabbi Brett Krichiver
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.
Associate Rabbi Scott Fox
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.
Cantor 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.
Check out Cantor Roger's web site Chants Encounters