IU Hillel is proud to employ some of the finest Jewish professionals in Indiana. Feel free to reach out to any of them for information about Hillel, our programs and services, building tours, or one on one meetings. We're excited to get to meet you!
Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg
Rabbi Sue grew up in Indianapolis. She attended Indiana University as an undergraduate, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work. Rabbi Sue attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and was ordained in 1988. During Rabbinical school, Sue served as the Hillel Director at the University of Delaware. In August of 1989, following a year in Israel, Rabbi Sue returned to the United States to become the Executive Director of the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University. 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 in Bloomington, IN.
Jess grew up in Elizabeth, NJ, where he attended Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy. Jess decided to attend Michigan State University (Go Green!) where he spent countless Friday night’s with his friends at Hillel Shabbat dinner. Jess proudly served as the president of his fraternity, AEPI. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 2016. Jess brings with him a contagious level of joy, sense of adventure (ask him about his solo journey to Thailand), passion, and commitment to the IU Jewish community, and considers himself privileged to be building relationships with the next generation of Jewish leaders on campus. In his free time, Jess enjoys traveling, long walks on the beach, and going camping.
Mason Harrell Greenberg
Director of Engagement
Rabbi Ron Klotz
Director of Informal Jewish Education
Justin grew up in Westlake Village, CA and attended the University of Oregon. After graduating with a BS in Environmental Science with a Biology Minor, he is moving east to join the Indiana University Hillel family.
Justin loved the sense of community and tradition he gained from his chapter in BBYO and was excited to become an active member of the Oregon Hillel Foundation and to be a part of Greek life in college. While at Oregon, Justin was one of the three founding fathers that brought the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity chapter back to campus and served as Vice President of Communications at Hillel. Justin is very excited to work with all of the students to continue making Indiana University Hillel a home away from home. When he’s not working, you can find Justin listening to old records, watching superhero movies, reading comic books, or playing video games.
Mason joined the Indiana Hillel family last year and has loved it since day one! He earned his B.S. from Appalachian State University in Sustainable Development. Healthy living is of Mason's core values. Judaism resonates with Mason based on it's family-oriented, community-based, and earth-focused culture. Mason feels he has found a unique approach to Judaism and loves sharing this with others. In his free time, you'll find him playing guitar, exercising, hiking with his dog, cooking, painting or reading.
From 1963 to 1974 Rabbi Ron served the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, as a counselor, specialist, unit head, and assistant director. Ron studied at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and Cincinnati from 1972 through ordination in 1977, during which time he became Director of the URJ's Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI). After more than 30 years as Director, Rabbi Ron and his wife Juca have retired to Bloomington, where Ron has continued his commitment to Jewish education, health and safety, and building community.
Elana was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After receiving a degree in social work from the University of Texas, she moved to Israel, where she lived for almost eight years. Elana worked as a teacher for the Israeli Ministry of Education and received an MA from Tel Aviv University in the field of education.
Elana is entering her third year at IU Hillel and is excited to take on her new role as Development Manager. She cherishes the relationships she has made at Hillel and is excited to connect with more students, families, and alumni at IU.
Elana lives in Bloomington with her husband, Asher, and her two daughters, Amalia and Naomi.
Capital Campaign Director
A proud IU Alumna, Carrie brings 15 years of local, national, and international fundraising and development experience to IU Hillel. Most recently, she served as the Foundation Manager at Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association in Northbrook, IL, leading their capital campaign to build a new facility for the organization. Carrie enjoys living in Bloomington with her husband, James, and two daughters, Lilia and Maya.
Israel Program Director
Yaniv Shmukler is an Israeli-American lawyer is excited to join the Hillel team in August. Yaniv and his wife, Deanna, are passionate about serving the Jewish community. Deanna is currently in Rehovot, Israel as part of the Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship.
Yaniv currently serves on the boards of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), where he serves as the Israel Committee chair, and NextGen. He also represents the Jewish community on the boards of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) and the Fishers Multifaith Community for Compassion (FMCC). He is one of 25 IPF (Israel Policy Forum) Atid Bronfman Conveners.
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. Phil hasn't looked back after moving to Bloomington, and loves meeting students, parents, alumni and friends of IU Hillel.
Joni Spaulding - Office Administrator
Tim Carter - Building Maintenance Manager
Charity Hall - Kitchen Director
Beth Simon - Creative Director