Orthodox Jewish Forum

of Highland Park / Edison

A Conversation on Stigma: Personal and communal challenges within the Orthodox world, and how we can empower ourselves and each other towards healing took place on

Sunday, February 13, 10:00 am

zoom recording here


Shira Lankin Sheps is a writer, photographer, and clinically trained therapist. She is the creator and publisher of The Layers Project Magazine, an online magazine that explores in-depth insights into the challenges and triumphs of the lives of Jewish women, and is passionate about creating spaces for stories that need to be told and changing the dialogue around stigmatized topics. Shira is the author of Layers: Personal Narratives of Struggle, Resilience, and Growth From Jewish Women published by Toby Press in 2021. She grew up in Highland Park, and now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children. 


Merri Ukraincik is a writer whose essays and poetry sensitively and bravely explore a wide range of topics, from Jewish life to motherhood. She is the author of I Live. Send Help: 100 Years of Jewish History in Images from the JDC Archives, as well as a past columnist for the New Jersey Jewish News. A former non-profit executive who once traveled the world, Merri now stays close to home in New Jersey, where she lives with her family. Her popular #gutshabbosshorts columns appear weekly on her Facebook page. Find a selection of her published work, which has appeared on Tablet, The Jewish Week, Lilith, and the Forward, among others, at 



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