About Merri Ukraincik


I’m a writer – essayist, blogger, freelancer, and the Close to Home columnist at The New Jersey Jewish News. My essays have appeared in multiple publications, among them Tablet, Lilith, Hevria, Kveller, and The New York Jewish Week. I’m still excited that my tiny little story about an encounter with a medium, first printed in 1996, later made it into the book Metropolitan Diary: The Best of the New York Times Column.

Life has taken me places – I’ve lived in Israel, Croatia, and Hungary. During my 13 years with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), I traveled from Cuba to Albania, even to remote corners of Central and Eastern Europe. My first book, I Live. Send Help: 100 Years of Jewish History in Images from the JDC Archives, was published by JDC in 2014.

Since then, I’ve landed with my husband and our sons on suburban terra firma. My days now unfold in the company of books, yarn, and piles of laundry. Often, though, I’m busy decoupaging anything that doesn’t move. You can check out my decoupage gallery at www.mypaperedworld.com.

I’m currently at work on a memoir and am so happy you’ve joined me here.


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