Judy was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. After graduating from Simmons College, Boston and teaching high school English for two years, she moved to Los Angeles and taught in middle school. Judy met her husband Bob Goldman in L.A. Together with their pre-school daughters they moved to Honolulu in 1972. Judy later earned her M.Ed. in computer education at University of Hawaii, introduced computers to the students and faculty at Lanikai Elementary School, created and published a computer game used in Jewish education.
Judy has been a board member of almost every Honolulu Jewish organization starting with Congregation Sof Ma’arav, Hadassah, and later, Temple Emanu-El. The satisfaction of being a volunteer comes from helping organizations we care about while working and becoming friends with so many dedicated, creative people.
Highlights have been chairing the Jewish Federation committee to bring Soviet Jewish families to Hawaii in the early 90s; serving as member, then President of the Board of Samaritan Counseling Center of Hawaii; being a founding board member of O`ahu Jewish `Ohana. Her greatest joy has come from co-founding Jewish Community Services with Lyn Zukerkorn, seeing it grow and thrive, and anticipating it will continue to serve the Hawaii Jewish community long into the future.