Carolina Jews for Justice is currently led by a volunteer Board of Directors from Jewish communities in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Asheville.
CJJ local chapters are led by volunteer chairs of local steering committees. To learn about a steering committee in your city or town, or to get involved in our state work, please email us. You can also find information and contact emails for local steering committees on the Local Chapters page.
Debbie Goldstein, Board President
Debbie lives in Durham with her husband, Steve Prince, son Avery, and daughter Hannah. She serves in a leadership role at the Center for Responsible Lending, a national nonprofit based in Durham that advocates for fair and affordable financial services for low-income families, and also sits on the board of Durham Congregations in Action and Beth El congregation. Debbie is originally from the DC area, and has lived in Durham for over 15 years.
Frank Goldsmith, Board Member
Frank is a civil rights lawyer and mediator active in social justice issues since the 1960s. He is a member of the steering committee of Carolina Jews for Justice West and former chair of the Social Action Committee at Congregation Beth Israel in Asheville, NC.
Terry Grunwald, Board Member
Terry is a Southern Jewish country girl raised on a chicken farm near Danville, Virginia. After college in NYC, she was a welfare worker and community organizer in the South Bronx and Bedford Stuyvesant. Terry worked in government and nonprofits for over 40 years directing programs in community development, crime victim services, and community technology; she is currently retired. Most recently she was a consultant in the strategic use of the Internet for under-served communities and nonprofit organizations. She co-chaired the social action committee at Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh.
Judy Leavitt, Board Member
Judy serves as Chair of the steering committee of Carolina Jews for Justice West, which focuses on western North Carolina. Judy lives in Asheville, where she was chair of the social justice committee of Congregation Beth HaTephila for 10 years. She is a retired educator of nursing and health policy.
Deborah Goldstein, Board Member
Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler, Staff
Justine joined our team in July of 2017. She is a Wilmington-area native, and graduated in May 2017 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with honors in History and Gender Studies. She has a background in reproductive justice and labor rights, and this is her first time working in the Jewish community. Justine can often be found reading, baking (she's a big fan of the Great British Bake-Off) and writing about Marxism. She has a cat named Lilith and contributes regularly to the Jewish Women's Archive.
Sam Singer, Staff
Sam also joined our team in July of 2017. She is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she majored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She was awarded the 2042 ASCORE Award for her commitment to community while attending UNCA. Sam brings a wealth of organizing experience to the table: most recently, she was a 2016-2017 Tzedek Social Justice Fellow, where she worked with Spirit in Action and the Asheville Jewish Community Center combatting injustices. She has a cat named Pickle and loves a bit of cream with her coffee.
Meredith Cohen, Durham/Chapel Hill Steering Committee Chair
Meredith was born and raised in Hillsborough, NC and grew up attending Beth El Synagogue in Durham. After many years away from the area, which she spent attending college, teaching elementary school, and learning to farm, she is so happy to be back home, putting down roots near family and old friends. Just before moving back, Meredith spent 3 years living at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut, and working with amazing Jewish farmers at the Adamah farm. She is excited to be back and building her Jewish community here in North Carolina, and finding ways to stand up for justice alongside her fellow Jews.
Joshua Orol, Board Member
Joshua Orol grew up in Raleigh and has been on the board since October of 2016. Their professional passions lie in teaching, writing, and music. Josh is also passionate about Jewish ritual community, and works with Jews of all ages to lead and create meaningful spiritual experiences. As of 2017, they have been working on an MFA in poetry at NC State.