Dr. Judith S. Goldstein received a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1962 with a concentration on European and American history. As a Woodrow Wilson Scholar at Columbia University, she received a Masters degree in European history and wrote her thesis on the “Mouvement Republicain Populaire and the Franco Vietnamese War, 1946-1954.” In 1972, Judith completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University after writing her dissertation on “The Politics of Ethnic Pressure: The American Jewish Committee Fight Against Immigration Restriction: 1906-1917.” This book was republished by Routledge in 2020 and was the beginning of a sustained concentration on immigration and diversity in America and Europe. She worked at Columbia University for 10 years focused on an oral history project on Ethnic Groups and American Foreign Policy. In the late 1980s, she started a book about the integration of Jewish immigrants in Maine. In 1992, William Morrow published Crossing Lines: Histories of Jews and Gentiles in Three Communities. In 2006, Rutger University Press published Inventing Great Neck: Jewish Identity and American Dreams.
Judith worked as the Executive Director of Thanks To Scandinavia, started by the Danish pianist Victor Borge to acknowledge Scandinavians who resisted Nazism and protected Jews during the Second World War. In 1997, Judith founded Humanity in Action and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Programs have included fellowships and internships in Europe and the United States, annual publications, photography exhibitions, films, and conferences. Over 23 years the organization has engaged over 2,500 college and university students in its programs and raised over $31 million.
Judith serves on the Board of the The Frances Perkins Foundation and the Somes Pond Center, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She sustains an abiding interest in conservation and landscape design and history, especially as it relates to Maine and Mt. Desert Island.
• Inventing Great Neck: Jewish Identity and American Dreams (Rutgers University Press, October, 2006). Read here.
• Crossing Lines: Histories of Jews and Gentiles in Three Communities (William Morrow; March 20, 1992)
• The Politics of Ethnic Pressure: The American Jewish Committee Fight Against Immigration Restriction: 1906-1917, New York (Garland Publishing, 1990; Routledge, 2020). Read here.
• “Anne Frank: the Redemptive Myth,” Partisan Review, vol. 1, 2003. Read here.
• “Alone with Charlotte Salomon,” Partisan Review, vol. 1, 2002.
• “Tragedies and Triumphs: Charles W. Elliot, George B. Door and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and The Founding of Acadia National Park” (Somes Pond Press, 1992). Read here.
• “Patrons of the Public Good: Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Eliot,” Maine Olmsted
• Alliance for Parks and Landscapes, Journal, Winter, 1999 and Autumn, 1999.
Updated October 2021
More from Judith Goldstein
‘Traces: Portraits of Resistance, Survival and Resolve’ World Premiere & Talk 03 May 2022
Humanity in Action is proud to invite you to the first-ever screening of its animated documentary trilogy, ‘Traces: Portraits of Resistance, Survival and Resolve’. The screening and following Q&A will be part of the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, taking place from April 29-May 5, 2022.
How To Fix Democracy: New Book
Humanity in Action with the Bertelsmann Foundation release a book featuring insights into the pressing issue of our day: how to fix democracy.
Frances Perkins Center to Hold Free Virtual Forum on April 3
On April 3, 2022, the Frances Perkins Center will hold a free virtual forum, titled “Problem Solving in a Divided America: What Can We Learn From Frances Perkins’ Era? What Can We Do Now?”.
Humanity in Action's My Father's War wins Best Animation Film award at the Cannes Shorts Festival
We are thrilled to announce that our animated short film "My Father's War" has won the award for the best animation film at the Cannes Shorts Festival.
Humanity in Action's Two Trees in Jerusalem selected for the Miami Jewish Film Festival
We are thrilled to announce that our animated short film "Two Trees in Jerusalem" is an official selection for the esteemed Miami Jewish Film Festival. The festival will take place between January 13-27 2022.
Humanity in Action's Voices in the Void selected for the Hayah International Short Film Festival of Panama
We are thrilled to announce that our animated short film "Voices in the Void" is an official selection for the Hayah International Short Film Festival of Panama. This year, the program was available in person in the Cinépolis El Dorado theater in Panama.
The Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action announce 2021 Landecker Democracy Fellows
The Alfred Landecker Foundation, in partnership with Humanity in Action, announces the participants of the second cohort of its Landecker Democracy Fellowship.
We thank the Landecker Democracy Fellowship Admissions Committee 2021
We thank the members of our Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship 2021/22. From August to September, 2021 members of the Admissions Committee read over 150 applications and interviewed more than 90 finalists.
Judy Goldstein featured on Aldo de Pape's "TeachPitch" podcast
Senior Fellow Aldo de Pape hosts the TeachPitch podcast, where he hosted Judith Goldstein, the Founder and Executive Director of Humanity in Action.
Humanity in Action's Voices in the Void selected for LA Shorts International Film Festival
We are thrilled to announce that our animated short film "Voices in the Void" is an official selection for the American LA Shorts International Film Festival. This year, the program was available online, streaming on demand virtually from July 1 to July 31.