Judie Oron

Judie Oron is a journalist, lecturer and award-winning author who was born in Montreal, moved to Israel in 1967 following the Six Day War and returned to Canada in 2004. Judie’s articles have appeared, among others, in The Jerusalem Post, Lifestyles Magazine, The Canadian Jewish News, Australia's Christian Woman and Christian Daily, Weekly Press Pakistan, The Jerusalem Report and Baycrest Foundation Publications. Her award-winning novel, Cry of the Giraffe, is based on the true story of her daughter Wuditu's experience as a slave in Ethiopia and tells the story in Wuditu’s voice. The novel has been re-published in English in several countries in the Indian Subcontinent and is now available in Hebrew (Hakibutz Hameuhad-Sifriat Poalim, Publications, 2013). Judie studied Anthropology at McGill University and African Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She worked as a feature writer at The Jerusalem Post, including a four-year stint as a weekly columnist. From 1984 – 86, Judie acted as Director of The Jerusalem Post’s three charitable Funds. After the exposure of the secret airlifts of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel (Operation Moses), Judie opened a fourth Fund, Operation Homecoming, for the immigrants, who were arriving in the country with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Judie left The Jerusalem Post to organize and direct a group of concerned professionals that assisted Ethiopian Jews to find their way to Israel.