Leadership Team

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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 usYou 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.

Anna Grant, Staff
Anna came on as CJJ’s first and only staff member in the summer of 2016. She is a Triangle-area native and grew up going to Judea Reform when high holy day services were still held in Chapel Hill High’s auditorium. She has a background in community and labor organizing, and this is her first time working in the Jewish community. Anna can often be found believing we can win, and insisting that others join her in the fight. She lives in a log cabin with her hardworking, union organizing, amazing partner Aiden.

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.

Jim Duley, Vice President

Joshua Orol, Board Member

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