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Judie Oron

Judie Oron

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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:



Cry of the Giraffe. 2010, Annick Press


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