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Judie Oron

Photo: Simon Tanenbaum 2010

Judie Oron is a Canadian/Israeli journalist who was born in Montreal, moved to Israel in 1967 and returned to Canada in 2004. She was a feature writer at ‘The Jerusalem Post,’ including a four year stint as a weekly columnist. Later, she directed the newspaper’s charitable Funds, including ‘Operation Homecoming,’ for Ethiopian Jewish immigrants arriving in Israel via a secret airlift code named Operation Moses.

Along with her sons, Judie raised two Ethiopian Jewish girls, one of whom she encountered in Ethiopia in 1989. In 1992, upon discovering that the child's older sister was missing, she went alone to war-ravaged Ethiopia to release the girl from slavery and take her into her family. ‘Cry of the Giraffe,’ based on her daughter’s years in captivity, was published in August, 2010, by Annick Press. Judie is a passionate lecturer, in English and Hebrew, and can be reached at:

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"Cry of the Giraffe". Annick Press, 2010


The Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Youth Literature for Cry of the Giraffe, 2011
USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List for Cry of the Giraffe, 2011
ALA's Amelia Bloomer Project List for Cry of the Giraffe, 2011
ALA-YALSA's 'Hidden Gems for 2010' for Cry of the Giraffe, 2010
Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens, Association of Jewish Libraries for Cry of the Giraffe, 2011
White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich, Germany for Cry of the Giraffe, 2011
Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011, Canadian Children’s Book Centre for 'Cry of the Giraffe', 2011
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