Hillel Staff


Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg
Executive Director
Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg grew up in Indianapolis.  She attended Indiana University as an undergraduate and majored in social work.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  Rabbi Sue attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and was ordained in 1988.  While she was a student, she was the Hillel Director at the University of Delaware.  She spent one year in Israel and returned to the United States to become the Executive Director of the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University in August of 1989.  She loves IU Hillel and the students here.  Rabbi Sue is also committed to promoting diversity on campus.  She helped to found Bloomington United, a grassroots community organization dedicated to building diversity and responding to incidents of hate.
Phillip Silberberg
Development Director
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Phillip Silberberg joined the Hillel staff in August, 2012.  He hails from Johannesburg, South Africa.  He graduated from the medical school at the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg and later did his fellowship in Radiology and a Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatric Radiology in Canada.  He has practiced pediatric radiology in Oregon, Nebraska and Kentucky.  He moved to Bloomington 5 years ago and loves meeting students, parents, alumni and friends of IU Hillel.
Megan Garrett
Assistant Director



Megan Garrett, is starting her second year at Indiana University.  Prior to coming to Indiana, she spent ten meaningful months in Israel volunteering as an Israel Teaching Fellow and completing the Masa-Hillel Fellowship. Prior to living in Israel, Megan graduated from Marshall University.  Her passions have shown through her work on campus (as the founding president of her campus’ Jewish student group), her local synagogues (as a youth group adviser and religious school teacher), and Jewish overnight summer camps (three summers at GUCI and seven summers at Camp Wise).  She also digs the great outdoors (like hiking, biking, and intramural sports)! She is ready to connect with students through everything Hillel has to offer!
 Yotam Elias

Israel Fellow


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Yotam Elias is from Haifa, Israel.  He studied at Ben Gurion University in the Negev and volunteered at the Hillel there for 2 years.  Yom graduated with a B.S. in Biology.  He also participated in the Achad Ha’am program in Ye’elim Absorption Center and in the Triple Amiyut Program-delegation to Berlin (Hillel program).  His hobbies and interests include cooking, international politics, paddle boarding and scuba diving.
Jess Goldblatt
Ezra Fellow/ Engagement Associate



Jess is from Elizabeth, NJ. He is a proud recent graduate from Michigan State University in East Lansing where he received his B.A. in Religious Studies. During his time in East Lansing, Jess was involved in his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, elected both as Recruitment Chair and President, respectively. Jess was also a recognizable face at Hillel, serving on multiple Jewish Student Union board positions. Jess’ professional aspirations are to one day lobby Congress to affect policy and strengthen the Pro U.S.-Israel relationship. In his free time Jess loves to take long walks on the beach, travel to new places, and toss the pigskin around with his pals on a beautiful day. Although, Jess is a diehard Spartan basketball fan (three years spent in the Izzone) he is open to the idea of pulling for the Hoosiers as he makes his new home here in Bloomington.
Rabbi Ron Klotz
Center for Informal Jewish Education

Ron Klotz

Rabbi Ron Klotz came to the Myron S. Goldman Union Camp Institute (then called simply, Union Camp Institute) to be its director in 1975, during his final two years of rabbinical studies. In 1977 he moved to Indianapolis continuing his work at our camp. Ron is married to Juca Klotz who grew up in Porto Alegre, Brazil. They met while studying at the Hayim Greenberg Institute in Jerusalem in 1969. Ron and Juca have two sons, Jeremy and Michael. Jeremy and his wife Melissa met at camp and now have two children, Zoe and Maya.Ron began his time in URJ camps in 1958. Being from Chicago, he attended the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Ron was a camper from 1958 to 1962. From 1963 to 1974 Ron served the camp as a counselor, specialist, unit head, and assistant director. Ron graduated from the University of Illinois in 1969 with a degree in Finance, studied for a year in Jerusalem at the Greenberg Institute, returned to Chicago to the Assistant Director position, and then studied at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and Cincinnati from 1972 through ordination in 1977. Ron’s commitment to Jewish education, health and safety, and building community has helped to create a wonderful sense of family at camp. He’s known as a wonderful storyteller, and claims to be a decent banjo player.