Biography


Juliene Berk was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, the youngest of seven children. From childhood she wanted to know about her parents’ life in Roumania before they came to America in the first years of the 20th century. The answers to her ceaseless questions gave her both a fascinating picture and an insatiable appetite to learn more. For 22 years Juliene collected and wrote stories about the early Jewish immigrants in the South--her family was among the pioneer Jewish settlers of Florida--and the lives of her grandparents. Her research, including a trip throughout Roumania and extensive oral interviews, furnished the raw material from which she wrote a play, BURNT OFFERINGS, a memoir/​biography, CALL HER BLESSED (recounting the story of her mother’s life in Europe and America) and a collection of short stories and vignettes, GLIMPSES OF SOUTHERN JEWISH ROOTS. CALL HER BLESSED portrays those times and places with historical accuracy and evokes the life of a fascinating, loving and extraordinary human being… a woman who embodied the legendary attributes of the Victorian Jewish woman at her best.

Juliene is a writer and playwright who resides in New York City. She attended The Juilliard School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University. She has published three books and a number of short stories. Her first book, THE DOWN COMFORTER,was published by St. Martin's Press in hardcover and in paperback by Avon Books. On a seven city national book tour, she made many personal appearances on TV and Radio interview shows. It will soon be republished by ORI ACADEMIC PRESS in a revised second edition. ORI ACADEMIC PRESS will follow this edition of The Down Comforter with Juliene's newest book titled: MOTHER NATURE IN LOVE a fabulous tale of evolution.