FAQ

 1. Who’s Who at Hillel?

Executive Director:  Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg
Development Director: Phillip Silberberg
Director, Center for Informal Jewish Education: Rabbi Ron Klotz
Assistant Director: Josh Dinner
Springboard Fellow: Dylan Singer
Israel Fellow/Israel Program Director: Elana Huvard
Ezra Fellow/Greek Life Coordinator: Jess Goldblatt
Administrator: Natalie Brewington
Student President: Brad Sadoff

2. How is Hillel Run?

The structure of IU Hillel is as follows:

Statewide Governing Board:
This board, comprised of community leaders, parents and alumni from around the state of Indiana, is responsible for policy setting and ensuring the viability and operation of Hillel. Each member also sits on one of the following committees: Personnel, Long-Range Planning and Programming, Finance/Budget, Bloomington Maintenance and support, Nominating, Career Mentor, Jewish Geography, Public Relations and By-Laws.

The Hillel Staff:
The Hillel professional and support staff oversee the day-to-day operations, program development, outreach, student leadership training, student programming, and of course the matzah ball soup deliverers. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Hillel Student Board:
The Hillel student board assists in leading the programming at Hillel. The president is elected and the rest of the Board of Directors are appointed through application.  This process takes place each spring for the following academic year.  The Board of Directors helps to plan programs and shape the operation and priorities of Hillel.  The Leadership Team is composed of the Presidents and Leaders of the 20+ Hillel clubs and interest groups and work with their committees and staff on the planning and implementation of Hillel programs. There are approximately 20 student led clubs at Hillel based on the interests of the Jewish students on campus.  The student board meets regularly as a group to network and collaborate. For more information about the Hillel student board or election/appointment dates and deadlines email Jon Schulman.

3. Where is the building and what can I do there?

The building is located at 730 E. Third Street (right across from Swain Hall and next to the ATO Fraternity House).

There are so many things to do at Hillel:

  • You can surf the net on your own personal laptop/pda by hopping on our wireless connection.
  • You can kick your feet up and relax on our couch while watching your favorite TV show or movie with your friends.
  • Shoot pool or play games on the X-Box.
  • Just like home, you can help yourself to leftovers from the previous nights’ dinner.
  • Study in the library (and enjoy a bowl of matzah ball soup!)
  • Take a nap!
  • Most importantly, meet up with your friends and just have a good time hanging out!

4. How many Jewish students are there at IU?

While we do not know exactly, we estimate that there are over 4,000 Jewish students. The Jewish student community comprises about 10%-12% of the total student population at IU. Roughly 80% of the Jewish student body is from outside the state of Indiana, creating an active and diverse Jewish student community.

5. How active is the Hillel at IU?

VERY!!! In addition to our regular program of social, cultural, educational and religious activities, we sponsor approximately 20 different clubs for students to get involved in their areas of interest including sports, business, Israel and more. Hillel at IU is committed to creating many avenues for students to connect and explore their Jewish identity while here in Bloomington and strives to create a warm and welcoming Jewish home away from home on campus.

6. What does Hillel provide for students on holidays?

Hillel sponsors and provides a full menu of religious services (both reform and conservative) and special meals and/or programs for every Jewish holiday. During Passover, Hillel provides multiple Seders (conservative, reform, a fraternity/sorority Seder, and a freshman Seder) and offers a kosher-for-Passover meal plan of lunches and dinners the entire week. Along with reform & conservative service options for the High Holy Days, Hillel offers dinners for Erev Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur both at Hillel and in northwest neighborhood (freshman dorms).

7. Can I miss classes to observe the Jewish holy days?

Students are permitted to miss classes for religious observances.  The IU Faculty Council has enacted a religious observance policy that states, “a reasonable accommodation when a student must miss an exam or other academic exercise because of a required religious observance. With timely notice, students must be allowed to make up the work that was missed.  Absence for a religious observance does not count toward the number of absences an instructor might allow in a class.”  To read the complete policy click here.  Students are required to fill out a religious observance form within the first two weeks of the semester.  For a copy of the form click here.

8. What does Hillel do for Shabbat?

Every Friday night during the academic year Hillel offers Shabbat services, Reform and Conservative weekly, all at 6:30 p.m. There are Shabbat Rocks services once a month.  All services are student led so the exact service may vary from week to week.  FREE Shabbat Dinner is served every week at about 7:30 p.m. or after all services have ended (whichever comes first).  Check out the Shabbat page to find the weekly Shabbat meal theme such as Mexican, Italian, the great kugel bake-off, chocolate lovers Shabbat to name just a few.

8. Is there a lot of anti-Semitism on campus?

No! We don’t know of many incidents in the past nine or ten years. Any incidents that have surfaced have been dealt with quickly and effectively by the university. IU does a great job at diversity education and is constantly working to educate not only the students, but the faculty, professors and administration, so that everyone will be sensitive to the various cultures on campus. Hillel is a leader on campus in diversity education, and provides an exceptional source of education for the campus community with regards to Judaism and its customs.

9. What is a Discover Hillel card?

Although we consider all Jewish students at IU as “members” of Hillel, the DH card enables students to further support Hillel and offers some exciting benefits to students including free High Holiday meals, FREE Monday night Deli Nights and more. Click here to purchase a DH card.

10. Is there kosher food on campus?

Every Monday night, Hillel offers Kosher Deli Night as well as a Shabbat Dinner on Friday night.  In addition, Hillel offers free wings and fries at the Third Street Sports Grille at Hillel every Sunday during the NFL season.  If you would like a kosher meal plan, please contact Rabbi Sue at hillel@indiana.edu and Hillel will work with you.

11. What is Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and The Schusterman International Center?

The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life (Hillel International) serves as Hillel’s operating agency, taking responsibility for quality assurance, program accountability, and fiscal integrity for the network of campus Hillels and for Jewish campus life in general. This group of respected communal leaders, philanthropists and students provides counsel, guidance, and support for the Foundation for Jewish Campus life.

The Schusterman International Center, located in Washington, DC, provides the international leadership, administrative supervision, national accreditation, professional training, and development support for Hillel Foundations, Regional Centers and other Hillels throughout the world. The International Center also coordinates national student programs and initiatives, encourages participation by national lay leadership, and coordinates community relations.

12. IU Hillel is fully accredited. What does that mean?

Hillel is a network of agencies across the United States and around the world, varying in size and serving students in many different environments. The necessity of providing a consistently high level of program to meet the needs of the twenty-first century has led to the development of an accreditation system. The objectives of the accreditation program are as follows:

  • To enhance and enrich the functioning of each Hillel Foundation by identifying its strengths and weaknesses, and by providing a means to develop and implement recommendations for improvement;
  • To provide insight and quality assurance to funding agencies, leadership boards, professional staff and students;
  • To identify ways in which the International Center can assist the Foundation and build a closer relationship between the Center and the Foundation;
  • To develop guidelines and standards for the operation of Hillel Foundations;
  • To identify successful models of practice to further the exchange of resources and skills;
  • To develop aggregate data regarding the functioning of Hillel Foundations.

Indiana Hillel is fully accredited. If you would like to read the full Accreditation Report, please contact Rabbi Silberberg at hillel@indiana.edu.

13. What are the Hillel Hours?

With the exception of holidays, throughout the academic year, Hillel’s doors are open for you to visit during the following hours:
• Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Friday, 9:30 a.m. – Shabbat dinner
• Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.