Judges

Rondi Goodman – Rondi is currently the dessert chef at Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh. Together, Rondi and her husband Cory Goodman, have a catering business and do home food delivery. Rondi is originally from New Jersey and prior to being in the food industry, she worked as a Fashion Director in the magazine field in New York.

 

 

 

 

Robert Gleiberman – Robert began a 21-year career at Charlotte’s Temple Israel as its first full-time Youth Director and later became their first Executive Director. Robert strives to keep the staff and volunteers on the ‘same page’ helping to steer all toward accomplishing the spiritual, educational, and program goals of the Temple. Before coming to Temple Beth Or, Robert spent five years working with his brother in the retail world, still serving the Jewish community, at Gleiberman’s Kosher Mart and Restaurant in Charlotte. Robert’s entire life’s work has been centered around the Jewish community.
 

 

Sharon Kurtzman is a Jersey girl who moved to North Carolina twenty-three years ago. As a writer, her work has frequently appeared in The Huffington Post and BetterAfter50. She has also been published in numerous literary journals and magazines, including Hippocampus Magazine, Walter Magazine, Crack the Spine, Heartwood Literary Magazine, Every Writer’s Resource: Stories, and The News and Observer. Sharon is also a freelance food writer and frequently contributes to INDY Week’s Food section. At present, she is pursuing her MFA in Fiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Raleigh with her husband and their sweet dog, Violet.

 

 

Terry Grunwald is a Southern, Jewish farm girl raised on a chicken farm outside Danville, VA.  Until she left home for college in NYC, due to a thrifty father, she never ate an egg that wasn’t cracked nor a chicken that wasn’t maimed. Terry worked in nonprofits all her life on issues ranging from affordable housing to crime victim support services.  She is currently retired but ended her career as an international consultant helping poor urban and rural communities make effective use of the Internet. She is currently a Board-member of Carolina Jews for Justice.  She lives in Raleigh with husband Bernie and their 15-year old standard poodle Ivan.